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#1 8tyman8 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 10:34 PM

Carbaque Clean your Carb with Lemons .. YUP your reading this and yes it works
i read about cleaning carbs with lemon juice a while back and have been meaning to try it out i finally did and it worked and well if i start doing this more often i will make a pot with a fryer basket and lid i will also make a strainer and filter to be able to reuse the juice
what you need
Dirty carb
lemon juice its about 2 bucks per quart
a old pan or pot (don't use mothers or you will be on the burner)
a barbeque or electric hot plate as you dont want to do this inside as it puts off a awful stench
and some pliers (to move it about)

1 place pan on burner and put carb parts in pan
2 pour lemon juice in pan (i used about 600 ml)
3 light burner and place on Low
4 let boil and turn the part abit
5 once clean rinse of with water and blow dry
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and thats it one clean carb i have a fuel sediment bowl that was like varnished and it cleaned up up pretty good if i would of left it for longer it would of turned out great
Sorry some of the pictures did not turn out for some reason it was acting up
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Tyler

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Edited by 8tyman8, October 17, 2012 - 10:37 PM.

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 11:00 PM

I will give that a try next time.

How long did you cook the carb?
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 04:13 AM

See ,when life hands you lemons..........Clean your carb with them . Sorry i just had to add that.
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 05:42 AM

Looks like it came out very clean , I see what looks to be plastic parts too did you remove them or can they handle the heat ? Al
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 09:45 AM

It sure looks clean. Thanks for that interesting tip.
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Always looking for ways to clean a carb. This is interesting, I noticed the same thing Al did and was wondering the same thing. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 12:12 PM

After reading your post, I did a bit of research on the net.

So far, the advice on ATV and motorcycle forums:
- all agree that it works really well
- use full strength or 50:50 with water
- boil for 10 or 20 minutes
- use water or wd40 to clean the carb as soon as it comes out


Thanks for posting. I've got a few carbs that need to be cleaned. Looks like I've got a trip to the dollar store.


One thought - we are cleaning carbs that may have not been cleaned since before lead was removed from gasoline. The pan and the solvents may be contaminated with lead.
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Looks like it came out very clean , I see what looks to be plastic parts too did you remove them or can they handle the heat ? Al

i removed them as that u was not sure of the same thing the 90 degree fitting handled it well tho i have a old tecumseh float thats plastic so i might try it
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 01:02 PM

After reading your post, I did a bit of research on the net.

So far, the advice on ATV and motorcycle forums:
- all agree that it works really well
- use full strength or 50:50 with water
- boil for 10 or 20 minutes
- use water or wd40 to clean the carb as soon as it comes out


Thanks for posting. I've got a few carbs that need to be cleaned. Looks like I've got a trip to the dollar store.


One thought - we are cleaning carbs that may have not been cleaned since before lead was removed from gasoline. The pan and the solvents may be contaminated with lead.

I was more concerned with the fumes coming of the thing i will tell you that my throat was a bit sore after doing this i would recommend staying away well boiling and only come back to check on it and possibly wearing a respirator i have 2 more carbs to do to night so i will get some good pictures and theses carbs are bad
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 03:20 PM

so i tried this again but with the left over juice and a bigger pot 2 extremely dirty carbs and a float bowl that i thought was junk also i cleaned the out side with degreaser to extend the life of my juice also i scrubbed them part way thru with a tooth brush .. and that makes a difference also the Plastic was fine (just keep a eye on it) and it helps if its actually boiling i am amazed once again how well it works just look at the pictures to see for your self at the end a i sprayed them off with water and and brushed the off them blew the off with the air hose i dried the bowls with a towel
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.. AND yes that is the same float bowl
Cheers
Tyler

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 03:43 PM

I will have to try that on my next tractor.
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 09:37 PM

Thanks for the tip, thats really neat! :thumbs:

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Looks like it does a great job. Can't believe how much it took off and that it's not really attacking the aluminum... lemon being pretty acidic and all.

For some reason, I'm now hungry for popcorn...
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:44 PM

Amazing. I know lemon juice is acidic, but I would have never thought of trying this.
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Posted October 19, 2012 - 10:00 AM

Looks like it does a great job. Can't believe how much it took off and that it's not really attacking the aluminum... lemon being pretty acidic and all.

For some reason, I'm now hungry for popcorn...

Well doing this i thought it was going to smell like lemon but it stinks like a charging battery actually i thought i was going to puke
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