alternative to carb cleaner

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  1. wazzabie

    wazzabie 1/2 ton status Premium Member

    Apr 17, 2001
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    Washington State
    My carb is already rather clean. I want to use some cleaner to get into the areas where elbow grease could not reach. I don't really want to use carb cleaner as it stinks so bad. Anyone use a safe alternative. Maybe sook it in gas or baking soda? a can of coke?
  2. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

    Jul 24, 2003
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    For 3 bucks,you cant beat a can of Gumout or similar carb cleaner!...its the best,safest for the carb,and cheapest way too...

    Cheap oven cleaner works,but is very corrosive to the zinc carb castings--only leave it on a few minutes at the most,or you wont HAVE a carb to worry about cleaning for long!..

    I've used "Vanish" toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs I had all apart for rebuilding,you submerege the carb parts (no plastic or brass!!) in a 5 gallon pail half full of water,and add the "Vanish" slowly..cover it and let it sit no more than 10-15 minutes(best to watch with a close eye!)...then flush with lots of water ,making sure to get it all out of the nooks and crannies..

    This method can destroy a carb if your not careful! can soaking it in battery electrolyte,that you can buy at parts'll clean the white crud water leaves behind,and "boil" out the passages and jets internally--by removing a bit of the carb itself!--...--neutralize the acid with baking soda and water,then flush thouroghly--..this treatment is for carbs that are badly oxidized from weather exposure...and is usually a last ditch effort to save it..

    I've reclaimed a few old briggs and stratton carbs using battery electrolyte,and watched a few dissolve into bubbles, and crumble like broken glass too!:eek1: :doah: ..

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