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RespirologyRC
10-31-2007, 12:21 AM
Hi guys i'm trying to clean my differentials and i'm having a hard time. can anyone tell me a good cleaning solvent that will clean my diffs.
Thanks

tadium54
10-31-2007, 12:44 AM
there use to be a cleaner called grime eater, but im not sure if its still sold/made anymore. i think simple green could work

AKASHA
10-31-2007, 01:02 AM
Brake cleaner is what I use. Just make sure you do it in a well ventalited area. It will give you a good headache if you don't

terrible-t
10-31-2007, 02:33 AM
Brake cleaner maybe too harsh on plastic gears. Simple Green or even Dawn dishwater soap are cheaper to use.

AKASHA
10-31-2007, 03:20 AM
I had no clue those gears were plastic, yet still I haven't come across anything I can't clean with brake cleaner on my r/c's, except the electronics. As for expenses, being a mechanic by trade, there is always a can or ten of brake cleaner in the shop somewhere. But ya just my 1/2 cent

clockworks
10-31-2007, 04:49 AM
I use isopropyl alcohol for the small parts - just leave the parts to soak for 30 minutes. The larger parts I clean in warm soapy water (dish washing soap), scrubbing with an old toothbrush. Put some extra soap directly onto the toothbrush.
You can clean metal parts with dish soap as well, but make sure that you rinse well with clean water, as many dish soaps contain corrosive agents (salts).

RespirologyRC
10-31-2007, 11:34 AM
LOL yesterday when i posted this i had tried brake cleaner and had zero luck. That is when i turned to the internet for your help. Then when i saw that you guys recommended brake cleaner i thought to myself..."Didn't i just try using brake cleaner?" I took a double look today and it was brake fluid not brake cleaner LOL I'll use brake cleaner.

captanabolic
10-31-2007, 12:49 PM
Some of the best 7.00 bucks i ever spent

http://gmksupply.com/assets/images/diff-dunker-03012007.jpg
http://gmksupply.com/assets/images/diff-dunker-with-gears-0227.jpg

http://gmksupply.com/html/gmk0112.html

clockworks
10-31-2007, 03:35 PM
I use one of those for cleaning small parts in my big ultrasonic tank. They are excellent.

terrible-t
10-31-2007, 05:08 PM
Being a ex-mechanic also for 30 years, I do understand the solevent uses, Brake Cleaners, Carb Cleaners, alchohol, Acetone, MEK, Zep Product, are all corrosives. Even Naphtha, can be purchased at the corner liquer store,( zippo or Ronson lighter fliud for $1.98). All have Skull & Cross bones for antidotes for first aid, and also cancerous.

Simple green or mild dishsoap with warm water, with a little elbow grease will do, and better for the enviroment.

We're all hobbyist. You can choose what we want to use for cleaning.

zakerid
10-31-2007, 08:31 PM
Some of the best 7.00 bucks i ever spent

http://gmksupply.com/assets/images/diff-dunker-03012007.jpg
http://gmksupply.com/assets/images/diff-dunker-with-gears-0227.jpg

http://gmksupply.com/html/gmk0112.html

lol.... you can buy this at the grocery store for a dollar. look in the tea and coffee section.

Demon-TC3
11-01-2007, 01:47 PM
ROFL i cant beleive a company actually badged it specifically as "Diff cleaner" hehe, what RC companies wont do to bang up the price huh?


Anywho, i actually use Motor cleaning spray and WD40, both work fairly well.


Good luck,
Demon

DavidS302
11-07-2007, 01:39 AM
ROFL i cant beleive a company actually badged it specifically as "Diff cleaner" hehe, what RC companies wont do to bang up the price huh?


Anywho, i actually use Motor cleaning spray and WD40, both work fairly well.


Good luck,
Demon

There is at least one company that is selling a motorcycle oil filter as an
RC air filter.

Can someone resize the pictures? I'm getting dizzy trying to scroll to read this.:D