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Old 10-23-2007, 11:21 AM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi What to use to clean the inside of the tranny??

Need some recommendations here guys...

took a tranny apart and it's filthy inside (where the clutch is).

what products / methods should i use to clean it??

i was thinking of just spraying it down with brake cleaner and then wiping. also maybe some acetone to finish her off.

any other suggestions? what has worked for you best?

thx in advance.

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Old 10-23-2007, 11:30 AM   #2
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Your talking about the bell housing. Any heavy duty degreaser will work along with some elbow grease. I've even put gasoline in a spray bottle before to clean that stuff up and had to work at it. So their is no easy method. Only thing to watch out for is make sure you've removed the throw out bearing and that the shaft seal is in good condition. No reason to contaminate the fluids in the housing or degrease the throwout bearing.
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:36 AM   #3
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yes.. bellhousing. my bad. sorry for the confusion. i'm debating if i should try the degreaser and just letting it sit for 15 mins and then rinsing it off.

no worries about the T.O.B... i already removed it and have a new one waiting to put in.

so is degreaser and then spraying the housing down lightly a good idea, or should i avoid the water spray idea??

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Old 10-23-2007, 12:09 PM   #4
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brake cleaner... just spray it all over
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:51 PM   #5
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:32 AM   #6
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If you want to use something a little less toxic, Purple Power cleaner works pretty well (hell of a lot better than Simple Green). Just needs a brush to get deep into the gunk. Brake cleaner is hard to beat, but that **** is nasty stuff!
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:45 AM   #7
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i was thinking of just spraying it down with brake cleaner and then wiping.
fill your bathtub with gasoline, and soak the tranny overnight, then shoot it with brake cleaner, no need to use any rags.

in the event that gasoline is not legal to use as a solvent any more, just shoot the ****er with lots of brake cleaner and use plenty of shop towels to wipe it down, make sure you don't leave any fuzz from the towels in there.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:29 AM   #8
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fill your bathtub with gasoline, and soak the tranny overnight, then shoot it with brake cleaner, no need to use any rags.

in the event that gasoline is not legal to use as a solvent any more, just shoot the ****er with lots of brake cleaner and use plenty of shop towels to wipe it down, make sure you don't leave any fuzz from the towels in there.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:31 AM   #9
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fill your bathtub with gasoline, and soak the tranny overnight, then shoot it with brake cleaner, no need to use any rags.

in the event that gasoline is not legal to use as a solvent any more, just shoot the ****er with lots of brake cleaner and use plenty of shop towels to wipe it down, make sure you don't leave any fuzz from the towels in there.

damn... so now i have to go buy a bathtub too?? this tranny job is turning into a more expensive project than i had hoped for.

and just for future references?? which gaso should i use..

93 octane?? or does the cheap stuff work too...?? or should i use diesel?

/sarcasm

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Old 10-24-2007, 10:53 AM   #10
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damn... so now i have to go buy a bathtub too?? this tranny job is turning into a more expensive project than i had hoped for.

and just for future references?? which gaso should i use..

93 octane?? or does the cheap stuff work too...?? or should i use diesel?

/sarcasm

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Old 10-24-2007, 11:05 AM   #11
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C16.

At least your apartment will smell nice
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:20 PM   #12
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At least your apartment will smell nice
i would imagine it would smell quite pleasant
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:58 PM   #13
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I used to use brake clean for EVERYTHING when I was wrenching for a living.

I used it to clean my hands if I wanted to grab a snack while working
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:09 PM   #14
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I used to use brake clean for EVERYTHING when I was wrenching for a living.

I used it to clean my hands if I wanted to grab a snack while working


i might just start doing that at the hospy before i start iv's now..

"ok mam, i'm going to apply a nice cool spray, and it might burn and sting a bit... and then i will poke this piece of metal into your arm"

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Old 10-24-2007, 02:17 PM   #15
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What are you doing with the tranny out?

I would not clean my tranny in the bath tub. That is way stupid.

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Old 10-24-2007, 02:22 PM   #16
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What are you doing with the tranny out?

I would not clean my tranny in the bath tub. That is way stupid.

CB

it's not my subaru tranny.. it's my honda tranny. the T.O.B. was shot.. so all the more reason to just do a full stage2 clutch install and get that over with.

i'm not planning on cleaning it in a bathtub.

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Old 10-24-2007, 03:01 PM   #17
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brake cleaner is the way... might not even have to wipe if it has enough velocity on it
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I used to use brake clean for EVERYTHING when I was wrenching for a living.

I used it to clean my hands if I wanted to grab a snack while working
talk about dry skin.

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What are you doing with the tranny out?

I would not clean my tranny in the bath tub. That is way stupid.

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Old 10-24-2007, 04:22 PM   #19
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break cleaner FTW! expect to use like 3-4 cans, and start from the top and work your way down. also save about 1/2 the last can and get some blue shop papertowels and use the spray in the towels tro help whipe the stuck on stuff. when done, ensure you put coating of lith greese on the slider shaft for the TO bearing and then the pivot points for the swing arm that pushes the to bearing. anyplace that metak touches should be lubed EXCEPT the clutch disc, plate and flywheel itself.

standard practice on any manual.
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