Unfortunately the helical must be correctly aligned.
If it's not correct, the lens may extend either too far allowing the helical to separate or; the flip side to this coin is the inability to focus closer than infinity.
The focusing ring being able to move 360 degrees as used in inexpensive lenses to allow the ring to be adjusted to the focus index on the barrel.

Vaseline may work(?) so does wheel bearing grease or possum fat, but a white grease is a correct solution.