How to clean gear oil on inside of tire

Huicho417

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I replaced the inner axle seals on my coronets 8-3/4 rear ended this weekend. When I restored the entire rear end assembly last year I changed them but did not know I had a bad vent on the axle housing. Causing the damage to the seals. I replaced the vent about two months ago but the damage to the inner seals had already been done I think. I made sure the new seals went in properly with a seal driver and seated against the lip. I also took care that the axles did not damage the new seals when inserting into the housing. I even heard a slight hissing sound when I pushed the axles all the way in. Would this be air Venting out from the breather cap?

My question is this. I tried cleaning the gear oil on the inside of the tires with some soap and water before reinstalling. However this was at night and did not check if the gear oil came off. The inside of the wheel seems to clean off easier, and I could tell because its a white wheel. I drove it this afternoon and all seem good. But when I parked it I went under the car and still saw gear oil on the inside of the tire. Could this be the gear oil from before that did not come off. If so what is the best method to remove the gear oil on the tires?
 

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WD-40 will break it down and cleans well. Also at the 99 cent store there is a product called
Totally Awesome that really cuts grease. I use it for many cleaning jobs.
Would this be air Venting out from the breather cap?
Possible, I have noticed the same on many axle jobs . As long as your vent is clean you should be ok.
 

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X2 on the product at Dollar General stores. "L.A.s Totally Awesome". Its a water based degreaser that works really well. Plus it's cheap.

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Well… I purchased the totally awesome product and it did remove most of the gear oil from the tires. I did have to clean them several times. Which leads me to think that this grease was still from the previous axle seal leak.

Also, when I removed the tires I left the car on jacks overnight with a small cardboard under the rotors. I have been checking it and se no signs of leaks

Thank you for the recommendation on the dollar general product.
 
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