In a message dated 4/2/06 8:20:31 A.M. Greenwich Standard Time,
My expereince has been (with both those rotators) that for a reason I can't
explain, they end up full of filthy black dust, and the balls corrode. When
I have occasion to take either tower down (which isn't very often), I always
remove the rotator, and wash the innards with WD40 - done outside! This also
gets the old grease out, although an old [paint brush helps. I don't worry
about losing the balls, since they're generally corroded, and I have a large
bag of 3/8 inch balls, which cost around 3cents apiece. Because any loss of
the balls wouldn't matter, I never lose any, of course.....
My standard way of cleaning the ball bearings.....Get some mineral spirits,
put in an old cool whip bowl and put the bearings and the plastic races in.
Roll the bearings around a little, use an old toothbrush to clean the races.
Dry with an old towel and your good to go.
When putting the bearings back in, I just use a thimble full of white
lithium grease. Too many guys use enough heavy grease to lubricate the front
of a Buick, which eventually gums things up big time.
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