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Unread 02-22-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Whats the best way to clean off gear lube?

Right now I have my T-5 and Dana 300 on the bench due to my starter eating the ring gear. Whats the best way to clean out all the old gear lube while I'm in there freshening up? I plan to go back with gear lube in both as they look pretty good for their age and thats what I've been running.

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Unread 02-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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Brake parts cleaner in an aerosol can, but what do you mean by freshening it up ? Unless you're going to take everything apart and put it back together again using lube as you go , then I wouldn't try to remove it all. You want the oil in the hard to reach places.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 01:30 PM   #3
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I mostly need to clean up the inside of the case and a few stubborn sludge deposits. I don't want to use a water based product.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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I see. You could do some spot cleaning with brake cleaner unless it's water based.........?
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Unread 02-22-2013, 02:17 PM   #5
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I use mineral spirits. Not too harsh for seals but pretty effective on cutting the gear oil.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 03:13 PM   #6
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Water based like as in purple cleaner or dish detergent. Brake cleeaner isn't water based.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 03:37 PM   #7
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Well then brake cleaner works great
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Unread 02-23-2013, 10:26 PM   #8
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Some diesel or even gas if you live life on the edge. I have a 20 gallon parts cleaner filled with diesel and it cleans anything.
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