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Shop Vac Is A Big Help On Dirty Engine Work

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#1 Clippnalawn OFFLINE  



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Posted April 24, 2013 - 06:34 PM

I have been working on a kohler k341 that threw a rod, normally i would do a full tear down, machine work, and proper rebuild. However life sometimes throws a curveball in the finances, and with an impending deadline of the next tractor pull coming up and the kids wanting their tractor running we get stuck having to do the best we can.  which brought me to this little find which will probably seem trivial to most and probably even old news....


  i pulled the motor out of the tractor and it was very dirty, a little greasy, and had rtv coming out of every gasket spot.  I started with a scraper/screwdriver and the shop vac right next to everything i was scraping. it worked great, all the dirt went into the vac and none wound up in the engine.  It worked scraping the gasket surfaces with a razor blade and buffing with a pneumatic surface polisher, aslong as the vac was within about 3-4 inches anything that popped loose went down the tube and not into the engine.  

 Hope this helps somebody next time they need to work on a dirty engine and cant wash it or blow it clean. 

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Posted April 24, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Great idea



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Posted April 24, 2013 - 07:04 PM

That is a good idea.  I've used the vac to clean out the air box before pulling a really dirty filter.

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Posted April 24, 2013 - 08:31 PM

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted April 25, 2013 - 07:22 PM

That is an excellent idea!  I have a shop vac, but don't really have a good place to wash off an engine, so I'll have to remember this.

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Posted April 25, 2013 - 11:11 PM

Great idea, thanks for sharing!! :thumbs: