Carburetor Cleaner Alternatives

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Carburetor Cleaner Alternatives

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:37 pm

I just read a few interesting comments written by people who swear by these products for cleaning carburetors:
  • Pine-Sol, either 50% strength mixed with water, or straight up for extra-gummy carbs. Limit the carb soak to 4 hours to avoid damaging rubber seals.
  • K&W Technician Grad Carb and Choke Cleaner - clears even totally plugged jets
  • Skip the chemicals - I use an ultrasonic cleaner for carbs AND brake parts. They're not that expensive, and do an amazing job.
  • Tricholorethylene (TCE). It does an excellent job of cleaning and doesn't smell too bad. However, use caution - it should be used outdoors, as it acts as an anesthetic if inhaled.
  • Go to your grocery store and buy some Dawn Power Dissolver. Float bowl gunk that a bead blaster wouldn't remove wiped right off after five minutes in this stuff, sparkling clean.
  • Pop into the local Evinrude boat shop and buy some OMC engine tuner.

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Re: Carburetor Cleaner Alternatives

Post by dingdong » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:57 am

Thanks Admin. I have only used Pine Sol out of these cleaners listed. Be careful and don't leave it on longer than the 4 hours suggested ???. I used it to clean a rack of carbs, before I learned of the time limit, so I left it on over night. The plating on every piece of linkage was dissolved into a black mess. No plating equals rusty parts.

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Re: Carburetor Cleaner Alternatives

Post by landisr » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:59 am

Randakks also suggests boiling in water. Just make sure The Boss isn't around when you borrow the stove. ;-)

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Re: Carburetor Cleaner Alternatives

Post by trike lady » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:24 pm

Thank you for the information. I always like to know what else can be used to do a job.

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