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Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)

Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Bearing Tips)

Tips for Handling New Ball Bearing:

Most competition RC racers will clean the grease on the new ball bearings and apply ball bearing oil on them. (i.e. Yeah Racing High Speed Bearing Oil / Lube #YA-0215). As re-oiling the ball bearing allows the RC cars to run smoother and makes the bearings more durable.

Tips for Maintaining Old Ball Bearing:

By removing the old bearing oil, it will reduce the friction in the bearing, thus making RC car faster.

Below are some tips in cleaning the ball bearings.

Preparation:

High Speed Bearing Oil / Lube (#YA-0215)
Universal Cleaning Case (#YA-0223)
Aluminum Bearing Inner Size Measurer For 2-14mm GM (#YT-0021GM)

Clean Ball Bearing 2b Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Preparation for Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings

Step 1: Cleaning
Soak the ball bearings with volatile degreaser (i.e. brake cleaner)/ apply motor spray on them.

Clean Ball Bearing 1 Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Step 1a : Cleaning Ball Bearings
Clean Ball Bearing 2 Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Step 1b: Soak the ball bearings with volatile degreaser

Step 2: Shake & Soak

Shake the bearing case vigorously to remove dirt. It will loosen and remove the dirt trapped inside the bearings. Soak the bearings for another 15-30 minute. Repeat the process until the oil/liquid is clean.

Clean Ball Bearing 3 Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Step 2a: Shake the container vigorously
Clean Ball Bearing 2c Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Step 2b: Soak the ball bearing

Step 3: Drying

Dry the ball bearing with hot air gun/ hair blower to prevent rusting of the bearing.

Clean Ball Bearing 3a Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Step 3: Drying the ball bearing

Step 4: Re-greasing
Apply light oil on the bearings, give it about 20 minutes to penetrate the seals and then clean the outsides up.

Clean Ball Bearing 2a Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Step 4: Re-greasing the bearing with light oil
Clean Ball Bearing 4 Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Step 4: Re-greasing the bearing with light oil

 

Bearing Testing Tool

This tool can test the smoothness of the bearing. Put the bearing on the tool and turn the bearing to check its smoothness. If the bearing does not turn smoothly, then it’s time to get a new one.

Clean Ball Bearing 5 Tips on Cleaning & Lubricating Ball Bearings (RC Tips)
Bearing Testing Tool

Aluminum Bearing Inner Size Measurer For 2-14mm GM (#YT-0021GM)

 


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