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#4604591 - 12/15/17 02:45 PM What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning?
lancerplayer Offline


Registered: 09/09/07
Posts: 274
Loc: Cleveland, OH
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.
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#4604598 - 12/15/17 02:51 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
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Hmmm, I always thought that clean non ethanol gasoline would be sufficient.


Edited by Char Baby (12/15/17 02:51 PM)
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#4604629 - 12/15/17 03:22 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
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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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#4604630 - 12/15/17 03:24 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Char Baby]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
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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#4604634 - 12/15/17 03:32 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
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I used to use windscreen washer fluid
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#4604641 - 12/15/17 03:37 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
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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.

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#4604679 - 12/15/17 04:17 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
Silk Offline


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You mean....I might be dead ?
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#4604726 - 12/15/17 05:04 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20461
Loc: Upstate NY
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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#4604833 - 12/15/17 07:20 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
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.

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#4604921 - 12/15/17 09:06 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Merkava_4]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Before anyone even thinks about using (if you can even get it) read this..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichloroethylene
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#4604986 - 12/15/17 10:48 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Trav]
Merkava_4 Offline


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That's the same link I posted Trav....

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#4605107 - 12/16/17 07:05 AM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Merkava_4]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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I didn't even see a link in your post.
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#4605398 - 12/16/17 01:23 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Trav]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
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? ???

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#4605475 - 12/16/17 02:50 PM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: lancerplayer]
Yah-Tah-Hey Offline


Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3409
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
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.

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#4606847 - 12/18/17 12:25 AM Re: What solution for ultrasonic carb cleaning? [Re: Merkava_4]
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