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Old 10-23-2003, 10:55 AM   #1
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hello i was wondering what are the best ways to clean your sealed bearings like the axle etc???i took my car apart and and was going over everything and found some of my axle bearings to feel gritty...and also what is the best ways to lube them...
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Usually i dont have the time or the spirit to do that task, and the best way for me is :

1.- Put all your bearings on a plastic little box and fill it with WD40 or something similar (i use WD40).

2.- Shake the box slowly for about one or two minutes in order to be sure the WD40 its on all the bearings.

3.- Let the box rest with the WD40 and bearings for all night.

4.- Next morning, take out the bearings, put them on a paper towel for an hour or so.

5.- Take every bearing and put a couple of drops of oil. The best for me its the bearing oil from Team Orion (i buy from www.speedtechrc.com or www.towerhobbies.com).

6.- Test your bearings with your hands in order to check if its all OK.

7.- Mount the bearings back on your car and run ... run .... rrrruuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnn !!! hehehehe

cya !, hope this helps.
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Old 10-23-2003, 12:42 PM   #3
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I just remove both shields and then blast the bearing with motor spray. I let the motor spray evaporate, then I relube the bearing with my really light bearing oil.

I basically do this to almost all of my bearings after every race weekend. With racing happening bi-weekly, I can afford to do this. Even if I don't have much time to work on the car, I will at least do the axle bearings and the clutch bell bearings. But I lube the clutch bell bearings with a thicker bearing oil so that it the clutchbell will only spin for about 2-3 seconds then stop. That bearing is put under a tremendous load and the thicker stuff helps it stay in better shape.
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cool thanks for the help also how hard is it to take your bearing caps off...ive never tried it
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cool thanks for the help also how hard is it to take your bearing caps off...ive never tried it
All you need is an X-acto blade to remove any type of shield or seal.

If you have a rubber or polyamide seal, all you do is pry out the seal from the outside. Try not to puncture the seal, but it will pop out easy enough.

Shielded bearings (metal shields), or sealed bearings that have either fiber or teflon shields use a very thin, metal circlip to hold the shield/seal on. Again with an X-acto blade, remove that circlip by removing one of the ends from the grove that the circlip rests in. Once the circlip is removed, the shield/seal should come off quite easily. If not, just use the blade to coax the seal out along the outside edge of the seal.


With the RPM tool, I believe you don't need to remove the seal/shield of a bearing in order to clean it, but I would do it anyway because you won't be able to get all of the gunk out of the bearing as some of it will get trapped by the opposite seal/shield.
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Boca Bearings also makes a bearing blaster that is supposed to be really good.
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Boca Bearings also makes a bearing blaster that is supposed to be really good.
Just like boca and RPM, Robinson Racing Products (RRP) make a bearing blaster as well.
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