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Old 10-23-2005, 09:52 AM
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How to clean rusty threads? 1982 300D

Okay, so I have a fairly clean engine bay in my 1982 300D.

However, there are some surface rust areas here and there.

I would like to start by going through and replacing rusty bolts, etc.

This brings up a question. How do you get rid of the rust on a rusty thread without degrading the thread?


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Old 10-23-2005, 11:23 AM
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If you have a benchgrinder with a brass wirewheel, that should do it.
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Old 10-23-2005, 01:54 PM
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Even a hand fine wire brush, brass prefered, will do it.

Some prevention in the future too.

A drop of Oil, a dab of Grease, or Thread lock where appropraite keeps them from getting that way.

"Clean Threads Torque Correct", true 35 years ago in shop class, true today !!

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Old 10-23-2005, 02:00 PM
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Thanks, guys.

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