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Parts cleaning

Post by toontown » Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:26 pm

Hello there everyone. Well the tear down is just about complete, went a little slower than I had hoped but thats usually how it goes I hear. I had a quick question in regards to cleaning and degreasing, what do you all use to clean these parts? I don't have a parts washer but is it something i should invest in? Will bearings and seals be affected by degreaser or cleaner? Any imput would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Parts cleaning

Post by stevec » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:51 am

I use a small (3 gal?) parts washer for small stuff, and have a 30 gal. for big stuff. The big one just uses a cheap degreaser diluted with water, the small one uses a parts cleaning solvent. Bearings should not be affected at all by either. Seals probably are, but I always replace them with new ones anyway.
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Re: Parts cleaning

Post by zukimoo » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:05 pm

I used a small parts washer with cleaner for the bearings and other parts. When it comes to the seals I'd go over them with a rag and some brake cleaner. I tried to change all the seals but sometimes it was a rush so if it looked good it went back in.

Years back when I worked in welding the shop I worked in had a parts washer that was basically an industrial dishwasher. Worked just like the one you have in your house but made out of steel.

Remember not to leave the parts in the washer fluid because of rust and WD-40 is an awesome parts coater. You spray the clean bare parts and they won't rust while you wait to put it back together.

I used to clean bearings and shoot them with compressed air and never thought it was dangerous. My friend was cleaning a SJ413 front wheel bearing for me and used the air and the bearing failed when it was spinning. Blew apart in his hands and he was lucky he didn't get hurt.
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Re: Parts cleaning

Post by SuzukiTom » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:18 pm

zukimoo wrote:I used to clean bearings and shoot them with compressed air and never thought it was dangerous. My friend was cleaning a SJ413 front wheel bearing for me and used the air and the bearing failed when it was spinning. Blew apart in his hands and he was lucky he didn't get hurt.
When I was a kid working in motorcycle shops, we used to save all of the ball bearings we replaced, spin them up to a zillion rpm with compressed air, and turn 'em loose at the other mechanics across the shop floor! We never gave it a thought that they might blow up in our hands!
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Re: Parts cleaning

Post by toontown » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:01 pm

Thanks everyone, I guess I'll pick up a parts washer and get busy :cool:
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Re: Parts cleaning

Post by Myers » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:40 pm

SuzukiTom wrote:
zukimoo wrote:I used to clean bearings and shoot them with compressed air and never thought it was dangerous. My friend was cleaning a SJ413 front wheel bearing for me and used the air and the bearing failed when it was spinning. Blew apart in his hands and he was lucky he didn't get hurt.
When I was a kid working in motorcycle shops, we used to save all of the ball bearings we replaced, spin them up to a zillion rpm with compressed air, and turn 'em loose at the other mechanics across the shop floor! :whip: :hammer: :whip: We never gave it a thought that they might blow up in our hands!
Spinning bearings with compressed air is also hard on any bearing you plan to reuse.
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Re: Parts cleaning

Post by SuzukiTom » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:08 pm

Myers wrote:
SuzukiTom wrote:
zukimoo wrote:I used to clean bearings and shoot them with compressed air and never thought it was dangerous. My friend was cleaning a SJ413 front wheel bearing for me and used the air and the bearing failed when it was spinning. Blew apart in his hands and he was lucky he didn't get hurt.
When I was a kid working in motorcycle shops, we used to save all of the ball bearings we replaced, spin them up to a zillion rpm with compressed air, and turn 'em loose at the other mechanics across the shop floor! :whip: :hammer: :whip: We never gave it a thought that they might blow up in our hands!
Spinning bearings with compressed air is also hard on any bearing you plan to reuse.
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