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How do I clean my rear end?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by divorced, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. divorced

    divorced 3/4 ton status

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    When changing rear end oil sometimes the stuff that comes out isn't very pretty and it seems like when I add new oil it will pick up the dirt/junk/metal particles that is still clinging to the walls of the housing, the carrier and gears, and the hub bearings, then my new oil will be dirty again.

    Is there any way to clean these? Can I spray some brake parts cleaner in there without hurting anything?





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  2. Rob 85K5

    Rob 85K5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yes, brake cleaner is fine. Empty a 1/2 or a whole can in there then let it dry.
     
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    another question about this... what about the magnet in some axles. do you just wipe of the junk that gets on that?
     
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    toilet paper for most days, baby wipes for the beer sh...t days
     
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    I bought a brake cleaner sprayer from Harbor freight, and buy brake cleaner by the gallon, just pour in the brake cleaner and pressurize it with compressed air, it works really well and it will save you money.
     
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    toilet paper initially, then soap and water later. :D
     
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    now see, i was gonna post "toilet paper" but it's been done twice. i guess i'm still posting "toilet paper".

    oh and "soap" when i'm in the shower. :D
     
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    Cleaning rear DIFFERENTIALS

    I soak up as much of the oil from the bottom of the case with rags, then lay a clean rag in the bottom of the case, and have at it with the brake cleaner. Rotating a tire usually helps to get the entire carrier, spider gears and whatnot, (Put the tranny in Neutral if you have a locker). The rag in the bottom helps to soak up all the brake cleaner and speeds the drying time, as you're not waiting for a big puddle of brake cleaner to evaporate, plus you can take that rag and wipe down the gasket surface with it when you're done spraying the insides.
     
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    Thansk guys. I guess using a mixture of toilet paper, brake cleaner, and soap, I should be able to get it :D
     
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    Yeah go ahead and wipe it off, will be hard to get it all but youll get the bulk of it. And brake cleaner is always what I use.
     
  11. diesel4me

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    several ways...

    I've used brake cleaner,or diesel fuel,laquer thinner,or similar solvent in a paint spray gun to wash out any chips after a bearing failed...gas works too--but be careful,it can ignite pretty easy in hot weather--NO SMOKING!!.. :weld:
     
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    better yet... they make a pill for that.... :)

    anyhow.. put me on the brake cleaner vote.. that is what I use.... :wink1:
     
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    BUT, be careful, if you use too much brake cleaner,,,IT WILL BURN!! :doah:

    it really hurts too i have been told. :D
     
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    The small red parts cleaner from harbor freight will fit right under the pumpkin. Aim the hose up into the top of the gear case and turn it on to check flow. Now go watch Trucks on Spike T.V. and when its over so is your diff. All clean and purdy like the day it was new.
    Aaron
     
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    now thats a smart MoFo. I am going to try that next time
     
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    front to back :wink1:
     

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