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Old 03-07-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Cleaning of Knuckle cause Wheel Bearing problem?

I am just about to finish up my prep work cleaning and painting of the knuckles. I have the wheel bearings pressed out, and due to cleaning their has been some surface rust that have shown up on the machined surface (using water to wash off degreaser). Is there any harm in using a wire wheel to remove the surface rust? I am not grinding it away or anything, just using a "fine" wire cup to clean it up. I haven't really be removing any material that will cause the "grip" on the wheel bearing to lessen right? The removal of the surface rust is on the order of microns in thick and the "conversion" from steel to rust is on the order of 6:1 so should have no change in measurable machined diameter....

Just want to make sure I wont have any problems when I go back and press the new wheel bearings in. Don't think I will but just want a sanity check.


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Old 03-08-2013, 05:42 AM   #2
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I would be far more worried about any residue of the water and degreaser getting into bearing, degreaser and bearing seal edges do not like each other. They deform and go wavy to leak and then the water gets in..................
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Bearing pressed out.... no bearing in the knuckle for the last two weeks....
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I'd just clean w/ rag & wd40 the machined area where the bearing goes in.
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