Okay, I`ll keep my hopes up. I took it out, doused it good with 3 in 1, and reinstalled it yesterday, maybe next I`ll dunk it in motor oil and leave it to soak for a few days. I didn`t think to try spreading it with my fingers- sounds worth a try if a long soak doesn`t swell it up. Yeah, I know about stopping the little hole. Unless they made some major changes very recently, the new stuff looks different, but works the same way as the old stuff except for the cleaner crank thingie, and still has the thumb hole in the pump end.
Thanks for the input.