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Old 04-02-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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What are you guys using to clean and lube your bearings?
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I dry ice them or mobil 1 5w-30 motor oil. Once they feel bad I toss them lube just covers up a bad bearing for a short time .
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Well I just got my carbon set for my car and though it was a good idea to clean and lube the bearings while I had it all apart. I don't think any of them are bad. I do happen to have some synthetic 5w30. I'll use that.

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clean them in an ultrasonic cleaner

let them dry

soak in WD40

then a drop of bearing oil
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"ultrasonic cleaner"
"bearing oil"

Your going to have to be a little more specific with me. That was my question, "what cleaner and what oil?"

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"ultrasonic cleaner"
"bearing oil"

Your going to have to be a little more specific with me. That was my question, "what cleaner and what oil?"

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try this: http://www.bocabearings.com/main1.aspx?p=docs&id=5
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I leave mine to soak in a cup of brake cleaner over night to degrease them.
Take them out and check each bearing is free by spinning them on a spike or reamer.
Then I soak them overnight in a light oil.
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Hi pakk,

For cleaner you can either use motor spray found at your local hobbie shop or brake cleaner(i prefer crc brake cleaner)

For oil you can either use bearing oil found at your local hobbie shop or a light motor oil like some of the other guys mention.

either of the cleaners will work the same.same for the oil.you will not gain 232 horse power by using one over the other.

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I wouldn't bother with that kind of process these days. With brushless torque you will find that bearings packed with grease are just as fast as light oil and one tenth the maintainence.
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Clean them with dw40 then spin them and spray more dw40. Once you see all the black stuff gone. Soak then in motor oil. Then take them out and put them on a dry towel. Let them drain out all the oil. It doesn't take a lot of oil to keep a bearing safe. Then once all drained. Put back on the car.

Make sure there all drained out or it will be a mess on the car.
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If you want your bearings to go very, very smooth get your hand on some TCE (Trichlorethylenium) but be careful, this is very toxic and harmfull stuff. It removes all residue from the bearings and after 10 minutes soaking in this stuff, couple of drops of OneLube( mostly used in 1:1 racing and can be found in specialized car part stores). Your bearings will spin like crazy.
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Iget your hand on some TCE (Trichlorethylenium)
You're typical Trichlore IS, your typical hobby store motor spray. I haven't used it in years, but if it contains chlorine it probably isn't the best thing to use as chlorine is horrible for metals. Non-chlorninated brake cleaner would be the way to go... wont rust metals, doens't eat rubbers or plastics, and evaporates just as fast as trichlor. And, you can get it super cheap at walmart. Make sure its NON chlorinated. And of course...use in a well ventilated area, and wear safety glasses. I use it to clean my firearms, and everyonce in a while you will get a splash back, and that stuff BURNS the eyes baby.
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I don't think chlorinated compounds are used anymore in comercially available products these days. I think the spray available in hobby shops is just isopropyllic alcohol or some such.

But you don't really need all this chemical arsenal. Some good old petrol will dissolve any grease and leave no residue. If you're really finicky, you can wash the bearings in methylated alcohol and just lube them with your choice of oil. One thing I do is leave out one of the shields (preferably the one on the cage side) in bearings that face each other and run a smear of silicone sealant on shafts and holders to make sure no crap gets inside. Gearbox bearings need no shields at all (in fully enclosed gearboxes).
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I don't think chlorinated compounds are used anymore in comercially available products these days. I think the spray available in hobby shops is just isopropyllic alcohol or some such.
You're probably right... but just in case somebody DOES use brake cleaner... there ARE chlorinated and non-chlorinated versions. Always use the non.

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But you don't really need all this chemical arsenal. Some good old petrol will dissolve any grease and leave no residue.
For those of us in the states, do mean reagular old Gasoline? WD-40 is also a great cleaner/degreaser, but does leave a residue.
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I use some good ol' motor spray (whatever the LHS has that's the cheapest) and i soak those suckers good (overnight or so) and then i give them a healthy blast of compressed air (around 40 psi, do note that this may cause rubber seals to blow away like a mobile home in a tornado) untill they spin like there is no resistance.

Then i add a drop of trinity's royal oil to each bearing. Good stuff indeed.
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