Removing diff gaskets. . .any tips or tricks to make it easier???
Do any of you guys have any tips or tricks to make getting diff gaskets off of the diff cover?
I get so tired of sitting there with a razor blade trying to get all of it off. . .I've tried spraying/soaking with de-greaser, wire brushes (haven't tried it with a power tool yet, I'm out of wire wheels), razor blades, even tried 150 grit sandpaper and that didn't work either.
I just finished getting 90% of it off of my D60 front axle and I'm hoping somebody will have a tip to speed up the process on the 14-bolt rear axle.
I use a wire wheel also,i also have a plastic type grinder wheel with little nubs on it,works PERFECT for old gaskets,but i don't where to get them,i've been fortunate enough to have a Millwright give me a box.
In the past if i didn't have a wire wheel,i've used paint stripper and it works wonders,softens the gasket up and scrapes right up.
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I use a razor on the diff itself and a wirewheel on the diff cover, stupid easy to get it all off. The wire wheels I use aren't hard enough to really gouge the cover but it takes the RTV off with ease. I've used the plastic nub wheels as well at work and they work really well but they will take away metal from the diff cover, more than the wire wheels would. I was surprised to find this as well.
Thanks guys. . .I figured a wire wheel would work, but I didn't want to damage the sealing surfaces and I was out of wire wheels.
This isn't something I was messing with a ton when I was working on musclecars, but now that I'm in the off-road world I'm thinking that I'm gonna be doing it a LOT more often. Taking the time to do it with a razor blade wasn't too bad when I was only messing with a diff maybe once a year, but any more than that and it's just a waste of time.
I think you can get those plastic nub wheels at Eastwood.