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Old 03-01-2011, 10:56 AM   #16
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Naptha or M.E.K. are awesome for diff cleaning. Tea bag em and go! hehe
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:51 PM   #17
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Try mineral spirits, odorless version, available in just about any paint department, even Wally World. Good alternative to MEK or Naphtha as the flash point is higher.

I like the tea strainer two dip container method. First container gets very dirty over time. Second container for rinse stays clear,no residue and dries off fast.
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This some good info, looks like i can toss the toothbrush in the trash.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:19 PM   #19
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If you want it to be fast try Gun scrubber or reel scrubber. You can pick it up from a hunting or fishing store. Couple of sprays and your done.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:26 PM   #20
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I've used Naptha on several vehicles diffs, never had a problem with the plastics. HOWEVER! as noted earlier, do make sure you remove the O-Rings, as they will swell.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:40 AM   #21
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Vm&p naphtha is illegal in orange county, ca. There is an alternative called klean strip. Has anyone used this and is it ok?
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Vm&p naphtha is illegal in orange county, ca. There is an alternative called klean strip. Has anyone used this and is it ok?
I ran into this problem too, I live in CA. I just got some stuff that said on the label to use wherever you would use naptha. I forget what it's called, got it at Orchard Supply Hardware. The fact that naptha is illegal makes me want it even more now The stuff I got works fine, takes the oil off nice and quick.
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Klean strip will eat away at everything! Don't use that on anything RC related
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If your talking about cleaning silicone oil from your diff internals... The best thing Ive used is WD40..

take the ring gear off, drain as much as you can by placing the open side of the diff on a rag... fill up with WD hold the cross bars down with your finger and work the diff.... in a few seconds it oil will thin out and put it on your rag to finish draining. Walla, WD is mostly solvent, it breaks down the silicone oil in no time, takes about 1min and your ready to refill...

As far as ring and pinions, I use a couple drops of TKO's Eureka lube and its never made a mess... once in a great while I'll clean out the teeth with a tooth brush and add a couple drops.... but its not "greasy" per say, its really lightweight and doesnt gum everything up like mobil 1 etc
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Tony pretty much hit it spot on. I have been using wd-40 and light compressed air for years. The wd40 breaks down the diff oil so that a light blast of air will draw it out of the diff cups. Another tip if you are really anal, Pt racing told me that using 100wt shock oil will work as good as wd40 and at the same time it will keep the mixture all silicone. Some say that wd40 can attack o-rings and plastic. I have yet to experience this though.
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Several different products in the Klean Strip lineup. Everything from alcohol based mixtures to products heavy in methylene chloride. Many would work on the metal parts and some would attack the diff case.
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Naptha or M.E.K. are awesome for diff cleaning. Tea bag em and go! hehe
M.E.K. is VERY not good for you. Read up on the MSDS of it. I use a little bit of degreaser. Least volatile thing that will do the job effectively. But the teabag method also works in a 50/50 water degreaser mix.
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M.E.K. is VERY not good for you. Read up on the MSDS of it. I use a little bit of degreaser. Least volatile thing that will do the job effectively. But the teabag method also works in a 50/50 water degreaser mix.
I store it in a mason jar and only open the jar for 15 seconds while I stick my tea strainer inside....then put the lid back on. I mean it's paint thinner....so it's common sense not to breathe it and to use it in a well ventilated area ;-)
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I would like to elavorate a little bit on JPZ 67 coments, the 100cst shock oil which is aprox 8wt on standard weights works really good, it will thin out the oil that is left in the diff. Pour the 100cst shock oil in the diff cup with the gears in it, hold the gears in place, rotate, then use low press air to blow all the oil out, repeat these steps two or three time as required. (don't forget to point the cup away from you or cover with rag or paper towel.) You will be amazed how well this works and the best part is that you do not contaminate the diffs with foreign fluids. Using solvents, degreasers, or other type of cleaners won't always be completely flushed, you would have to flush the diff with diff oil several times which will waste your Precious fluids.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:53 AM   #30
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3 qtips and a rag
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