Well, I'm definitely not going to disassemble the OTA. I'm not going to take a chance on screwing something up. I trust the precision with which it was assembled and am confident that I can't match it.
As for returning it to Celestron, actually as I looked inside it again, I'm thinking that the grease that is there, that is on the baffle tube and focuser rod is needed for smooth operation. I don't really thing that I should remove any of it nor that any other OTA would be any less greased.
I suppose it's just a byproduct of the fact that one of the vents is on the bottom. Gravity can not be defied.
What I'm thinking I my just have to do is store the scope in a vertical position and periodically remove that lower fan/vent and clean off any grease that may have dropped on it.
That is a good "Do no harm" approach. The problem is a symptom of too much grease applied at the factory. There are other ramifications of too much grease, such as outgassing on the optics, getting grease on darkened surfaces making them shiny and others. This is a factory problem and should be fixed at the factory.
Because I have a lifetime of takening my SCTs apart, I would disassemble it carefully to determine the amount of over greasing and then fix the problems. This would be especially true of an SCT that I believed had better than average optics. There is a risk of shipping damage.
There is a risk involved with taking an SCT apart. Sure there are plenty of instructions online, but unless your are confident in your abilities, send it back to the factory. It is not as simple as it may seem from the instructions.