vinegar or carb cleaner ?


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vinegar or carb cleaner ?

Post by winguyjo » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:16 pm



ultimately, the plan is to get an ultrasonic cleaner large enough to hold a single goldwing carb, until then i am using a pot of white vinegar to boil the carbs in and a small container to soak the small bits in carb cleaner.
i don't really like the way the carbs look after a couple of hours boiling in vinegar, but i guess it's doing the job and i don't really have an alternative right now.
for the small bits, they come out looking better after soaking in carb cleaner, some scrubbing with a brass brush, poking wire(s) through, blowing out with compressed air, and repeating as necessary.

so my question has 2 parts ...
a) do you boil your carbs in something other than white vinegar ?
b) seems like there should be an easier/tidier way than spraying aerosol carb cleaner into a small container for the small bits. never seen choke/carb cleaner in a pour-out bottle ... what do you use ?



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Re: vinegar or carb cleaner ?

Post by RBGERSON » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:49 pm

The Yamaha stuff comes in a pour bottle or at least did...vinegar turns carbs black or grayer..not generally used for carbs more a gas tank cleaner. Carb cleaner is better as long as you remove all the rubber bits first.


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Re: vinegar or carb cleaner ?

Post by dingdong » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:40 pm

I know you are in Canada so this may not be available. One carb will fit in the can. Follow directions. Best tool you have for carb cleaning is your air compressor.

https://www.amazon.com/Berryman-Product ... _at_search
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Re: vinegar or carb cleaner ?

Post by ekvh » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:25 pm

For boiling, recommendations are distilled water. The heat does the work.

Berryman’s B12 works well, but don’t get it on rubber bits. I use it on a q-tip to cosmetically clean up the exterior while still on the bike.

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Re: vinegar or carb cleaner ?

Post by winguyjo » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:07 pm

thanks, everyone, for the feedback.
yeah, i don't like the way the carbs come out looking after a vinegar boil. distilled water in the future.

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Re: vinegar or carb cleaner ?

Post by ride dont hide » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:03 pm

I have rebuilt my fair share of carbs of all types. I do use the Berrymans as suggested above and have never boiled them. The carb dip works wonders but as stated remove all the rubber bits. I also will soak in parts cleaner after the carb dip as it can become a bit sticky. I NEVER use wires of any type to clean out orifices but do use very small brushes that Harbor Freight sells for a dollar followed with compressed air after each stage.

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Re: vinegar or carb cleaner ?

Post by stephenricci » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:40 pm

You may just want to boil them in distilled water. I have done this on both my wing carbs and the came out perfect. Of course Randakk's kit played a big part in that as well.

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