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Old 11-11-2002, 04:22 PM   #1
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Bearing Maintenance

The Dexter service manual states; "Wash all grease and oil from the bearing cone using a suitable solvent.".

What exactly is a suitable solvent? Years ago I used gasoline in a coffee can. I'm not sure that is the best thing to do.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-11-2002, 04:57 PM   #2
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I picked some up

Jim, I picked up some suitable solvent at my local Suitable Solvent store. :)

Jeese, I have no idea what they may be talking about. I know folks for years have used gasoline ... and imagine that's what my local bubba does when he repacks my bearings.

I've found Dexter good about returning email. Why not log onto their site via Michael's links page and ask Dexter directly.

Lawsuits and legalities probably prevent them from saying "use gas"
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Old 11-11-2002, 05:07 PM   #3
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Cleaning Bearings

Everyone that knows me knows that I'm no expert, but I'm going to tell you what I've seen others use and it has worked for them. That is good old brake cleaner in a spray can. Please check this out, but it stands to reason that if it removes all grease, etc, from brakes when redoing them so it should work on bearings. I know guys that have used it do redo the bearings on their cars, so why not? Certainly safer than gasoline.

As I said, I'm not an expert. Just passing on what has worked for others. Anybody else ever heard of/done this?
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Old 11-11-2002, 05:20 PM   #4
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Lawsuits and legalities probably prevent them from saying "use gas"
There's a reason for the lawsuits and legalities. Gasoline is [b]extremely hazardous to use as a solvent. :nono

Listen to Suz. The brake cleaner is probably flammable, but it is not nearly so volatile as gasoline.

I doubt that today's gasoline is a very good cleaner in any case; too many additives.

I don't mean to sound like Chicken Little, guys.
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Old 11-11-2002, 05:36 PM   #5
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Good point Morgan

Good point Morgan. Gas is dangerously flammable ... and also has been refomulated.

Jim, why not call Dexter and see what they recommend using today?
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Old 11-11-2002, 08:57 PM   #6
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I use a sparing amount of Coleman Fuel in a coffee can.

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Old 11-11-2002, 09:06 PM   #7
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I found a long time ago that paint thinner works real well for cleaning the oil off of tools and parts. It is not explosive like gasoline.

The down side is, it leaves a residue. So after I get all of the grease off, I go out side and rinse in a small coffee can in Acetone. OK the Acetone is bad stuff, but it works.
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Thanks for the discussion folks. Brake cleaner sounds like an excellent solution.

After I posted here last night, I found Dexter's "Ask the Expert" link. I posed the same question there and am waiting for a reply. I'll update here with their answer when I get it.
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