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    Help - Headset Bearing Fix

    Alright I have been getting the slightest creek in my Cane Creek headset when I turn my handlebars from left to right. I briefly checked over everything and this seems like a fix. So I pulled apart everything:

    Top: Cap, Centerer, Dust Ring, Sealed Bearing
    Bottom: Dust Ring and Sealed Bearing

    So I would like to clean up everything before I regrease. I picked up some Finish Line bike specific grease however I am unsure what I should use as a degreaser - is brake cleaner fine? Also, for these bearings - I am under the understanding that I can pop off the dust caps on the bearings and degrease and repack. How exactly is this done? Is there anything specific I should do while doing this to make sure this goes back together correctly?

    Thanks,

    Blake

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    brake cleaner works fine.

    you should be able to find instructions on cane creeks site for this purpose.
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    Whoa there, ixnay on the brake cleaner, that stuff may pull the finish off. You took the time to buy bike specific grease (how its different from other grease is a mystery to me) but why not buy bike specific degreaser too. Again how this is different from other degreaser is a mystery, but CC instructions are the way to go for servicing. As far as how to reasemble I will usually stack things the way they come off. You creak is most likly coming from under the crown race, which I will bet you dont have the tool to take off. Good luck.
    P.S. I do know the difference between grease, bike specific is not part of the classifications.
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    fwiw, i've never seen brake cleaner strip any type of finish from anything. i've used it to clean and degrease not just bike parts, but MANY parts in my 27 years - practicaly grew up in a car dealership - its good for wasp killer in a pinch too (which, sprayed on a stained cedar surface and had no effect on the finish)
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    Maybe I was thinking of Carb cleaner. Carb cleaner will take off finishes, but I still dont think its a good idea to use brake cleaner, but if you say its ok then have at it.
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    DOT brake fluid is what eats the finish/paint. Honest mistake.

    Brake cleaner feels great on the hands.
    Bike: '08 Trek 6500
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