i shouldnt have done that

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i shouldnt have done that
Posted by blumule on Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:40 PM

hi all... i left my climax on the track while blowing leaves.the track is on the ground and now i have dirt and grit and fine particles all inside my running gears.i can hear the grit when moving the walcherts rods back and forth.whats the best way to clean this? i have  shop compressor but dont want to blow the crud deeper into the gear box. i hate i did this.what about alcohol in a spray bottle?

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:51 PM

I would disassemble the whole thing, wipe it all down, and relubricate if you so much as suspect you could get crud deeper into the running gear.

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Posted by chocho willy on Monday, December 9, 2019 10:16 AM

I would do what PTV said, you can purchause "plastic safe" electronic cleaner in a spray can, CRC makes a good one, that way you can wash, and clean with pressure at the same time, Bill

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Posted by emdmike on Monday, December 9, 2019 12:57 PM

Is this a live steam Climax or a Bachmann electric one?   If live steam, I would not dissasemble as you might loose factory set gear mesh.  WD40 with a nozzle is good for flushing the axle gear boxes and running gear, allowed to flash dry, then relubricate with proper bearing oil and grease.  

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Posted by blumule on Monday, December 9, 2019 2:55 PM
thanks guys....its a bachmann spectrum series. i used electronic cleaner and air.still dont feel good about it . i bet i dont do it again.
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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 1:12 AM
I have only ever opened up a B'mann 4-6-0 "Big Hauler." It was not sealed up like its LGB and PIKO counterparts. I cannot speak for your model, but I bet it's gears are similarly exposed. It really might be worth pulling it apart and inspecting all the gearing. - Eric
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Posted by Greg Elmassian on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:18 AM

The climax has externally geared axles like the heisler and the shay, so even more exposed.

Greg

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