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cleaning old engine parts???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by potionmaker, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. potionmaker

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    Hey All...I'm in the middle of an engine change and need some advice for a good solvent to clean grease and grime off of all of the brackets and such that will be reinstalled. Any advice on what works best would be much appreciated?
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    if i remember corectly i use this stuff called castrol super clean, or something along those lines, comes in a purple gallon jug. it has always worked great for me.
     
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    I like GUNK. comes in a spray can(white with an orange top). Just cover the stuff with it--let it sit and rinse off. It has worked really well for me.
     
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    Thanks for the input!!. Anyone else have any tricks???
     
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    Both of the above mentioned work well,but the super clean is kinda pricey.I go to the dollar store and get oven cleaner.It is very strong smelling so you will probably need a paper mask.Spray it on,let it soak and spray off.For the really hard stuff like cases and diffs,you might have to scrape it after the initial cleaning and then spray it again.Usually by the second time it's pretty clean.
     
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    Same here, used oven cleaner from dollar store. Cheaper, and worked alot better.
     
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    oven cleaner for the nasty stuff
     
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    keep that stuff away from aluminum though, Its caustic which will eat aluminum, yeh I've been there.
     
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    will eat paint too.
     
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    At an old job we had a parts cleaner that ran mineral spirits. This works great and the fumes aren't to bad
     
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    Yeah it's in my parts cleaner too
     
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    At my job we have parts washers, but if we really want something clean we use the hot tank or the hot water pressure washer. Works great! At home I use the super clean, simple green, and if that doesn't do it then I take it to work.
     
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    I second the Simple Green-full strength. Seemed to work as good for me as traditional engine cleaner and is also biodegradeable and smells alot better. I use it for just about all of my cleaning anymore.
     
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    A dish washer works great... You can get one used for cheap..or if you live at home just use your moms
     
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    I like the dishwasher idea, if you could find good way to keep the grit from getting in the pump. A college roomate and I pulled some good sized rocks out of the skunk river so that we could put them in our fish tank. We ran them through the dishwasher in our apartment. Rocks were damn clean, but the dishwasher made some goofy noises after that. Maybe use some fine mesh at the water intake, and use simple green as degertent. Just don't let your mom find out.
     
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    Dishwasher Parts cleaner

    Yea a guy at my work has one set up in his side yard... I really don't think its cool how he has the drain going in his main ...out to the ocean .. but the dishwasher works good .... does a great job on cleaning.... I would set the drain up into a tank and drop off the waist at the recycle dump..Or even toss the jugs in the trash can... I would rather it go in the ground at the dump then in the ocean....
     

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