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Old 04-12-2006, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning ball bearings

Well, how do I go about doing it? I heard that you should dump the bearings into a container, cover with WD40, shake, then empty the oil and repeat until the oil is clean. Then lube with some ball bearing lube (I have some LRP Blue factor).

Should I follow this procedure?
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Old 04-12-2006, 03:26 AM   #2
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Thats the way I do it ...! I let them soak in WD40 for a couple of days and then take out ....! I don't oil as the WD40 has already done that.
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I soak mine in acetone, giving them a good stir, then re-oil them with one drop of bearing oil. Make sure you use the acetone in a ventilated space and avoid it touching your skin.
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I remove the seals of the bearings and blast them with motor spray. I let them dry out, then spin them to make sure they move freely. Then I replace one of the seals on each bearing and lightly lube them with Acer SIN bearing oil. Then replace the other seal and you are ready to go.

This may seem like a lot of work but remember a properly maintainted car with good, high quality bearings does not need this service often. I do mine twice every season.

I wouldn't use WD-40 or anything like that that attracts dirt. I also cannot see how soaking them in anything would really help unless the material you are soaking them in disolves dirt. Then again, anything that is strong enough to disolve dirt is probably not good for the bearings either.

IMO the only way to really remoive dirt and clean the bearings is to remove the seals and push the dirt away with a flow of something...flush them out. Soaking the bearing may loosen up the dirt but it doesn't necessarily remove the dirt from inside the bearing, especially with the seals left on.
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I just put all bearings in a non-broken Zip-lock bag, spray in some brake cleaner and just shake'em for a while. Then lube them with a thin oil
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what i think they are saying is best is remove the shields and seals. clean with a strong cleaner (acetone, brake cleaner. if your rich nitro cleaner) and then oil and replace seals.
just dont soak rubber or anything but metal in brakecleaner or acetone. trust me if it melts rims it will melt your shields.
any way i only just started bearing cleaning and what their saying seems to be the normal.
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:02 PM   #7
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Eagle Wave Cleaner does all the above for you while you get on with other jobs!

(Click on 'Category', then in the box 'Set-up and Maintenance', click on the '...cleaners' link)

Takes most solvents I've used with no problems (lighter fuel, acetone, de-natured alchohol) and works best if you remove one shield, and put that side of the bearing face down in the liquid. HTH
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Anyone use one of those plastic fixtures to hold the bearing while you spray aerosol solvent through the bearing? Looks like a simple and effective system.
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I have read somewhere and it worked fine is use Dawn Dish Soap and HOT water.

I typically put my bearings with seals (without them is better) in my jewelry cleaner and put a decent drop of Dawn on the bearing and let sit for a while. Then pour 140F HOT water or greater on the bearings and this flushes them out. I even run cleaner with the solution in the HOT water and then dry them out and lube.

Really spun freely after this
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Anyone use one of those plastic fixtures to hold the bearing while you spray aerosol solvent through the bearing? Looks like a simple and effective system.
That's what I use. Izt's perfect and fast and very, very effective. It even works with seals on the bearings. Sure beats having to soak them over night!
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Anyone use one of those plastic fixtures to hold the bearing while you spray aerosol solvent through the bearing? Looks like a simple and effective system.
RPM bearing blaster. I bought the original way back in '90-ish. Still have it and it works pretty good. I don't use it for cleaning out old bearings, now days they are pretty cheap to replace. I use it instead to blast out the original mfgs. grease, then re-oil the bearings with light or medium weight oil.

For regular maintenance I will then just blast out the little dirt that gets in there with a shot of motor spray and re-oil. Most of the time the majority of crap that is in the bearing is due to the original grease attracting dirt and holding on to it.

This is my experience, ymmv.
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Soak in lighter fluid,and let em burn baby!!
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is it okay if i didnt reoiled my bearings?
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Spin Shaker

This is an excellent product for cleaning bearings, i dont know how i survived without it.
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Spin Shaker

This is an excellent product for cleaning bearings, i dont know how i survived without it.
Case for part washing. You can wash also the small part easily with washing filter adoption. Accumulating the cleaner, because it is possible to wash, Labor effectiveness, also economical efficiency improves. It can do removal of fat washing of the bearing simply with combined use with the spin part cleaner.


That's got to be some kind of chinese to english translation!
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