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What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? #4604591
12/15/17 03:45 PM
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I'm going to use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean my snowblower carb. What do you suggest I use to let it soak in?

I have read some people like Simple Green Pro HD as it will not damage any type of metal.



Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4604598
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Hmmm, I always thought that clean non ethanol gasoline would be sufficient.

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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4604629
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I've heard of raving success with Pine Sol

It'll clean good, not be as caustic as Chem-Dip, and it doesn't harm finishes/coatings


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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Char Baby] #4604630
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Originally Posted By: Char Baby
Hmmm, I always thought that clean non ethanol gasoline would be sufficient.


No, it wont touch varnish. Simple green (the regular one) 50/50 with water will do the trick. I use this overnight for carbs then a quick 10 min cycle with the ultrasonic.
For injectors depending on the type I use everything from mild acids to chemicals that will eat aluminum away. Whatever you use try it on a piece of tin foil first to get an idea of how long if at all it is safe to immerse the part.


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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4604634
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I used to use windscreen washer fluid


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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4604641
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I would avoid using windshield washer fluid, unless you can keep your hands out of it. It contains a lot of methanol, which is a cumulative toxin absorbed through the skin. Instead use isopropyl alcohol or ethanol.

Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4604679
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You mean....I might be dead ?


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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4604726
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Originally Posted By: lancerplayer
I'm going to use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean my snowblower carb. What do you suggest I use to let it soak in?

I have read some people like Simple Green Pro HD as it will not damage any type of metal.


I would just spray it all over with carb cleaner. Its pretty tough stuff and gets everything so clean so you can eat off it. Maybe use an old toothbrush.

I assume you have a rebuild gasket kit?


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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4604833
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When I worked at Miramar Air Station, we used a solvent called Trichloroethylene in the ultrasonic tank for cleaning hydraulic oil cooler filters. The filters were a very fine stainless steel wire mesh. The solvent is often referred to as "Trike" in the military.

Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Merkava_4] #4604921
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Before anyone even thinks about using (if you can even get it) read this..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichloroethylene


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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Trav] #4604986
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That's the same link I posted Trav....

Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Merkava_4] #4605107
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I didn't even see a link in your post.


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Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Trav] #4605398
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Originally Posted By: Trav
I didn't even see a link in your post.


It's highlighted in blue; how could you have missed it? ???

Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer] #4605475
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I always used lacquer thinner to clean carbs. No ultrasonic needed. Lacquer thinner soak will have a carb looking like new. Be extra careful using it around open flame. Go BOOM. Get out the Rawleigh Salve mom.

Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Merkava_4] #4606847
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