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#1 Little Irish Men OFFLINE  

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Posted November 29, 2014 - 02:13 PM

I have my bolens 1050 back from the sandblaster and you all were right . There is sand every were i try to protect what i could  but ???  I want to know is , what is the best way to wash out the gear box ? i have a big container under it to catch the gear oil . any and all info will be appreciated .



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Posted November 29, 2014 - 02:18 PM

Do you have any pictures of what your frame looks like?

I really hate to tell you this but if sand got in the gearbox it likely got into all the bearings and busings as well and will require a complete dissassebly and flushing of the gears .


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 02:57 PM

Yes i have some pictures can post them later . well if that's what it will take , you know best . It was not a lot of sand ,but when you look down in there you can see it . And i don't went to start turning things and have the sand do more damage.


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 03:13 PM

I have to agree with Doc here. The only true way is to tear it down. Do you see or feel sand in it? Did any sand come out with the old lube?

 

EDIT: I see you say there was obvious sand. That's bad. The next question is how long do you want it to last? If you have a solvent spray gun you might try cleaning it with solvent and brake clean. Then run something thin in it like ATF. Run it a little and flush it a half dozen times or more and it might live. No guarantee though. Nothing like the school of hard knocks.


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 04:57 PM

I'am with the Doc on this one,take it apart.One grain of sand can ruin a bearing then that ruined bearing might wear something else out.


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 05:19 PM

Yep, take completely down.  You may even find it needed attention even without the sand.  Always good to do every 40-50 years or so anyway!   :smilewink:


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 05:23 PM

I flushed my rearend in kerosene. It breaks down old oil and sludge, while still keeping gears and such lubricated and rust free. 


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 05:24 PM

Did you leave the axles with seals on it as well?



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Posted November 29, 2014 - 06:47 PM

Did you leave the axles with seals on it as well?

Yes ... I am thinking that was a bad thing to do .



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Posted November 29, 2014 - 07:04 PM

O k  here are some pictures, sorry it took so long had to have the kids to help post them.

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Posted November 29, 2014 - 07:13 PM

oh my, ..... There's really no way around this  but to do this right and avoid anything catastrophic happening the entire machine needs to be stripped down to the last nut and bolt to get the sand out, especially the clutch , clutch petal, tranny , axles, spindles ect.

I'm going to guess this is the first time you had sandblasting done? If so chalk it up as a learning experience. When I first started I didnt think sand would get everywhere and did something similar with a mower deck years ago, what a mess! Sandblasting can only be done with all bearings and such removed or heavily covered, it has a way of getting into the smallest area


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 08:09 PM

Yeah tear ALL the way down & clean each piece. It seems like less trouble I'm sure blasting the frame with all those parts intact but not. Like mentioned chalk it up as an experience. It works so much better to have every piece apart when SB. When you start cleaning the sand out air blast very well in ALL the little nooks & crannies. I'm doing my first GT right now a MTD 990. I wasn't going to do a complete nut & bolt off the frame but I did. I had a lot of experience years ago with cars & it's unbelievable where that sand can get to. If you don't get it all out the paint will find it & you will have a textured finish....that's what I found out  :D


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 08:14 PM

Yes you are right again. i try to protect every think i thought that needed  it .  O .K  well  I have my work cut out for me . I guess i will be ordering seal's and bearings  some time soon. Time to get the manual out to see how to disassemble the rear end. Thank You all for you time and experience.


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Posted November 30, 2014 - 01:05 PM

I flushed my rearend in kerosene. It breaks down old oil and sludge, while still keeping gears and such lubricated and rust free. 

That must have BURNED... :bigrofl:   Sorry I couldn't resist......

 

 

Doc and every one else are correct.... complete tear-down...lots of solvent,, flush thoroughly,, keep the left over sand from flying around and RE-contaminating your'e assembly work... Good luck.. when your'e done you will know your'e machine inside and out.. That's comforting anyway 


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Posted November 30, 2014 - 01:09 PM

If you ready have it taken apart you could start painting the small stuff as you take it off and clean it.


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