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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:21 AM   #1
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So, I've been giving some thought to putting some axle seal things on, but the thought struck me the last few times I've had my shafts out. Whats the best way to actually clean the years of built up Mounds mud out of them things? Obviously you don't want to push it in further. Is there any way of inserting like a claw tool that expands once inside to scrape/scrub as you pull it out?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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take the shaft and carrier out, tilt it up and flush it out. you can also put some rags on an extension and push it through the tubes.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:33 AM   #3
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I just came in from doing this. I stripped everything from the axle and started with a large washer on a long hunk of threaded rod. This was used to scrape the major junk out. I then used brake clean and red shop rags. As you would to clean a gun(old fooseball table shaft to push rag). Repeated until rag came out clean. That's where I'm at as of now.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 12:06 PM   #4
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I just came in from doing this. I stripped everything from the axle and started with a large washer on a long hunk of threaded rod. This was used to scrape the major junk out. I then used brake clean and red shop rags. As you would to clean a gun(old fooseball table shaft to push rag). Repeated until rag came out clean. That's where I'm at as of now.
Thats the traditional way to do it.

I have closed knuckles, so I don't have any gunk in the tubes...
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Old August 6th, 2007, 01:11 PM   #5
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Thats the traditional way to do it.

I have closed knuckles, so I don't have any gunk in the tubes...
Well not dirt anyway.

But you probably have the sweet Toyota grease oil sludge stuff. I love cleaning that stuff
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get a big ass breaker bar and slide it up and down through the tube.

I knocked 20 pounds of mud out of mine
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Old August 6th, 2007, 02:15 PM   #7
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Well not dirt anyway.

But you probably have the sweet Toyota grease oil sludge stuff. I love cleaning that stuff
The new diamond housing has upgraded seals at both sides of the tube, so it should stay pretty clean. The inner seal is just outside the diff past the bearings, its supposed to keep the oil out of the tubes.
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The new diamond housing has upgraded seals at both sides of the tube, so it should stay pretty clean. The inner seal is just outside the diff past the bearings, its supposed to keep the oil out of the tubes.
Ah nice.
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