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I had someone suggest removing and soaking my manual lockouts in ATF to clean and lube them, then "drip draining" them before reinstalling. Has anybody heard of this? I swirled a little bearing grease around in a cup of ATF and it didn't seem to desolve it but thats not really the same thing. Thanx

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Re: Lubricating manual lockouts

well that didn't work... have to fool with it some more :-)

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Re: Lubricating manual lockouts

As far as cleaning them in ATF, I've always just cleaned them the normal way. I do lube them up with the ATF though, I soak everything, then install them wet, and add a little before buttoning everything up. It's a trick I learned a LOOOONG time ago for using manual lockouts in the cold, cold weather. The ATF won't harden like normal grease, and the rotating motion keeps it circulating around. Don't soak everything, but do keep enough in it to keep it wet. When I pulled the Scout axles off to put them in the Scrambler, it had been sitting in the field for about 3 years, and my older brother went over to them and grabbed a hub. He spun it, and was very surprised, he said it went easier than his, which he keeps greased regularly. In the summer it shouldn't matter, the grease will stay nice and warm. I would also like to note that you need to keep them sealed up so water doesn't get in.

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Re: Lubricating manual lockouts

So this will work without breaking down the axle grease then? I wasn't sure but it sure seemed like an easy way to clean them and keep them from freezing up. Its cold up here :-). What do you use to seal them? I read somewhere/sometime that there was originally an "oilpaper" gasket but I could never locate such a thing. I've been using hand cut, oil soaked, light card stock. Been replacing it pretty regularly tho... Thanx again


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Re: Lubricating manual lockouts

I've never had a problem with it. As to sealing, I always just use RTV, nothing else.

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Re: Lubricating manual lockouts

i use synthetic grease. That stuff dont care what temp it is. Doesnt care if water touches it and never goes anywhere. When i repacked my hubs and bearings before winter i did one side with synthetic and one with marine grease and the marine grease side is already starting to give me problems. The synthetic side is as good as the day i did them. I never heard on the atf idea but i dont see why it wouldnt work.

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Re: Lubricating manual lockouts

I forgot to mention, I also use only Mobil-1 synthetic grease on all the wheel bearings. Maybe it's impervious to the ATF, I don't know, but I've been using this setup for years with no problems.

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