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Old 08-05-2009, 03:47 AM   #1
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Anyone have a "best practice" for flushing those bearings????

I'm using the RPM Bearing blaster and too much motor cleaner, looking for a beter cheaper way. I even tried non-chlorinated brake cleaner and that stuff is tough on rubber shielded bearings.

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i know many of you will disagree, but i've been running the opened bearings with tap water while spinning it 'till it's smooth. Blast with WD-40 afterwards and re-lube.

No problems so far...
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i know many of you will disagree, but i've been running the opened bearings with tap water while spinning it 'till it's smooth. Blast with WD-40 afterwards and re-lube.



No problems so far...
if it works champ they shouldnt bag it water wash then water disperse makes sense but if ur happy then keep upto it
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Anyone have a "best practice" for flushing those bearings????

I'm using the RPM Bearing blaster and too much motor cleaner, looking for a beter cheaper way. I even tried non-chlorinated brake cleaner and that stuff is tough on rubber shielded bearings.

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If you blast your bearings without taking the shields off, its kinda like trying to pee without opening your fly

I've actually come to the conclusion that now that bearings are a dime a dozen, I don't loose my time anymore cleaning them and wasting precious (and costly) motor spray (let's not even talk about breathing the fumes)... I just chuck them and put new ones on, unless I don't have them in my pit box....

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If you blast your bearings without taking the shields off, its kinda like trying to pee without opening your fly

I've actually come to the conclusion that now that bearings are a dime a dozen, I don't loose my time anymore cleaning them and wasting precious (and costly) motor spray (let's not even talk about breathing the fumes)... I just chuck them and put new ones on, unless I don't have them in my pit box....

Paul
Yup... sounds like my method.

Step 1: Remove bearing.
Step 2: Throw in trash
Step 3: Install new bearing

At $1 each you aren't saving much... and how much is your time worth?
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A trick I learned while pan car racing that works great for off-road cleaning and lubing bearings is to use trumpet valve oil. You can get it at any music store for around $5. I also use the Integy bearing bath thing that vibrates with the oil and it will clean anything out of the bearing and lube it at the same time so after 5 minutes in the bath they are ready to go back in the car. It even works on shielded bearings without having to remove the shields!
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Yup... sounds like my method.

Step 1: Remove bearing.
Step 2: Throw in trash
Step 3: Install new bearing

At $1 each you aren't saving much... and how much is your time worth?
+1000 I could have not said it better
when in dout throw it out
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