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Cleaning Axle Tube

#1 User is offline   Jim B 

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  Posted 19 July 2003 - 11:30 AM

Presently and unfortunately I happen to be doing some service work to my front axle. Since everything is all apart I wanted to clean inside the axle tube. Even if you only 4 wheel on the rocks you still have some type of junk inside that tube.

This is easy if you have an empty pig with no seals, just push a few rags or whatever with a long stick and then clean out inside the diff. What happens if you have your carrier installed and you need to bring the dirt out of the tube?

The main concern here is how do you do it without pushing some of the dirt, mud, sand, or whatever back into the differential.

Take an old broom handle, find a long screw, drill the handle to size the screw. Cut a round piece of some type of light metal, I used an old license plate. Measure the diameter of your axle tube (I used 2"), punch a hole in the center, screw on to the broom handle and then cut almost half of it off.

Why cut half? If you don't you'll push all the dirt laying at the bottom of the tube back into the diff. Insert your new tool with the moon side up, this will clear all the dirt at the bottom of the tube, when you get to the end, turn your new tool, now the moon side will be at the bottom, pull out with some pressure and behold... you might have to do this a few times.

Btw, I can not take credit for this high tech tool. A good friend and I were discussing this last week over the phone giving me the idea. We need more ideas like this posted as it makes wheeling life a lot easier.

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Posted 19 July 2003 - 08:07 PM

Thanks Jim, I like that.

You are right. There are so many little pointers and tips that each of us have. I think sometimes we believe becuase something is so simple to us that everyone must already know about it. That is generally far from the case.

I am all for learning all I can, big or small from everyone.

Thanks for putting this up,

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Posted 22 July 2003 - 07:43 PM

I posted this on the suggestions thread, but how about a "Tips & Tricks" section?
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Posted 20 March 2004 - 11:20 AM

Hey Jim!

I got a good one on how not to do this job. Don't even think about vacuuming the dirt out. You'll pull the sand from the other end into the pumkin. Don't ask me how I know.

I've found it helps to flush the hell out of the tube with water before you begin. :drive:

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