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Unread 02-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #16
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I hope there isn't any shavings in the bearings. When this happened we only drove about 25 miles total. So I really am hoping it happened close to home. I don't think that I will pull the carrier out. I'll just try to flush it good it might not be the smartest decision but time will tell. I looked up mineral spirits is it a paint thinner? I haven't used it before.
Yup, paint thinner. I use it for all my parts washing, etc. 25 miles is a lot of time for stuff to circulate around in there, though. You might think about epoxying a magnet in an out of the way place on the bottom of the diff cover. This will catch any metal particles that are floating around.

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Unread 02-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #17
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Yup, paint thinner. I use it for all my parts washing, etc. 25 miles is a lot of time for stuff to circulate around in there, though. You might think about epoxying a magnet in an out of the way place on the bottom of the diff cover. This will catch any metal particles that are floating around.
I ran my 15 lb magnet around in there, but I do like your idea. You think a 1 inch diameter magnet would be sufficient? Any brand on the paint thinner or are they all about the same?
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Unread 02-20-2013, 11:25 PM   #18
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1 inch diameter magent would be plenty. Doesn't take much to catch all the metal particles. Whatever you do, don't risk magnetizing your bearings by touching them with a magnet.
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Unread 02-21-2013, 09:03 AM   #19
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1 inch diameter magent would be plenty. Doesn't take much to catch all the metal particles. Whatever you do, don't risk magnetizing your bearings by touching them with a magnet.
Thanks, I had no idea that you could magnetize the bearings. What happens if they get magnetized?
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Probably all the metal fillings will be attracted to and stick to the bearings and that would not be good.
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Any brand on the paint thinner or are they all about the same?
I buy paint thinner that is made with mineral spirits. I think the last gallon I bought was Kleen Strip from Ace Hardware. It costs around $10.00 a gallon here.


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Probably all the metal fillings will be attracted to and stick to the bearings and that would not be good.
Yup. Exactly.
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Unread 03-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #22
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I have swapped out the bolts and re-checked the pattern. It came out good and I will do the cleaning this week.
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Unread 03-22-2013, 10:31 AM   #23
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I jacked up the rear end and filled it with mineral spirits. Then I stuck some very high power magnets to the out side of the diff cover. I put it in gear, let it go a couple minutes and found that the metal shavings stick to the diff cover.
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Be careful about running the rearend with only mineral spirits in there. Mineral spirits has very poor lubrication qualities and you could do harm to the bearings and gears.
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Be careful about running the rearend with only mineral spirits in there. Mineral spirits has very poor lubrication qualities and you could do harm to the bearings and gears.
Thanks, I have kept a very close eye on it and usually ran it about one or two minutes then flushed and re-peated the process.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 01:28 PM   #26
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Update:

It's been about 2500 miles since this fix. The gear oil is clean and the jeep is driving smoothly with all ring bolts still in place.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 02:57 PM   #27
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Once you get it cleaned out, back together and running, I'd change the gear oil a couple times just to make sure you get out all the fine metal particles. Some of them may have migrated into the axle tubes. When filled with oil and running down the road, the oil flowing around in the axle might pick up some of the fine grit and run it thru the gears/bearings.

Might not be a bad idea to install a magnetic drain plug too.
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