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Jimm posted 05-14-2003 06:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jimm  
What do you folks use to clean trailer bearings before repacking? I was told that gas is NG because it leaves a film. Your opinions, please...Jim
Jerry Townsend posted 05-14-2003 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I have used gasoline for washing when repacking bearings for years - well forever. My dad was a master mechanic and I never saw him use anything but gasoline. I can't think of anything that would be better. ---- Jerry/Idaho
triblet posted 05-14-2003 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
There were a couple of fellows living in a
second-story apartment here in town about ten
years ago. They were cleaning some auto parts in gasoline on the second story deck and they
were pretty dirty so the went and got an
electric drill with at a wire brush. KABOOM.

I use lacquer thinner to clean bearings when
I need to. Usually it's easier to just buy
new ones.


Backlash posted 05-14-2003 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
I have always used kerosene when repacking wheel bearings- not as flammable as gasoline.
Dr T posted 05-14-2003 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
I have used both mineral spirits (paint thinner) and brake degreaser (for fine parts and for removal of thin, sticky films of congealed lubricant).

Both seem to work fine. There are probably a lot of commercial solvents used for degreasing that will work just as well.

In general, you just want some solvent that will wash the grease away and then evaporate, leaving a reasonably clean surface. Just about anything that will work will also be flammable and give off vapors, so make sure you are in a well-ventilated area.


Gep posted 05-15-2003 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
When I was growing up my Dad always had a can of Stoddard solvent around for cleaning car parts. Worked as good as gas and wasn't (as?) flammable.
bsmotril posted 05-15-2003 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
First remove grease with Paper towels. Then wash in very hot water usuing a toothbrush and "Greased Lightning" or other Citrus cleaner. IMMEDUATELY blow dry with compressed air, then final spritz with "Brake Clean" or "Gun Scrubber" (Solvent in a can). Blot dry with clean paper towels. Don't use momma's sink, it ticks her off good ;-)
where2 posted 05-15-2003 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
"GUNK", mineral spirits, laquer thinner, WD40. Been there, used them all. Usually depends on how much stuff I am cleaning. Use compressed air to blow the item "dry", and continue on my merry way...

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