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Old 10-11-2004, 05:41 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

I decided to clean my bearings out tonight and being a firstimer im a bit stuck..

First ting i did was spray them with degreaser and got all the dirt out. now here is where im stuck..

Should i

a) wash the bearings in water to remove the degreaser
b) same as above but soak them in metho?
c/wipe them off and oil them and put them back in car?

I guess im worried there is still some degreaser in the bearings (i can smell it) and oiling them would be a waste of time if the were to become noisey again after a few races....

PLEASE HELP

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did you use degreaser or motor spray
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Degreaser as i stated above
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sumtimes people say degreaser but they ment motor spray..............................im not sure about the degreaser thing i whouldhave used motor spray but dont use water on it cos itll rust but try putting oil in em again and if they fell smooth and run fast then you all set you have nothing to loose by oiling it again
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Dave,

Just give each bearing a light blasting with motor spray and spin it till it doesnt sound as smooth anymore - you are trying to get the any residue out of the bearing. Then the next thing to do is to oil them wiht some light machine oil. If you are really anal about bearings come have a chat to me on friday - I have tried all the tricks but as always there is a matter of how much maintenance you want in future
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Hey Roger,

The only reason im cleaning them is because i had to pull the car apart anyway they wernt that bad but thought why not..

As i said before the only thing im worried about is if there is any left over degreaser left in the bearing that it will dry up the oil after i oil them.

I was thinking of soaking the bearings in Metho for an hour then leaving them to air for a day and that should get rid of any leftover degreaser wouldnt it or are you suggesting to use motor spray instead of metho??

the last thing i want to do is assemble the car again only to find noisy bearings.

And for future reference i should use motor spray instead of degreaser? (dam i should have asked this first )
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Whoops accidently quoted myself...
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the main reason you use motor spray is it evaporates so there is nun of it left to kill the bearings.......................................... .last time i cleaned my bearing was like at the start of the year
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Ahh i see..

Well if motor spray evaporates then i guess it will get rid of the leftover degreaser..

Ill give that ago then re oil them let them sit for a day a spin them after that and see how i go....
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when you spray it make sure the run of is clear once its clear its clean.....................acctually motor spray will do it once you clean em with motor spray they should spin nice and freely
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Like already said, just rinse with motor spray.

In the future you might find dechlorinated brake cleaner helpful for blasting out the bearings. It's cheaper than motor spray and will evaporate cleaner. It's more caustic than motor spray so it will remove any grim and oil or grease.

It will eat a lot of plastics though so don't get it on soft rubber or plastic parts. It's great as a general cleaner for metal parts.

Denatured alcohol is also good for rinsing as it will leave no residue and evaporates fast. But it cannot be sprayed.

You can often get two cans of brakleen from around here for $3. Much cheaper than a $6 can of motor spray.
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