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#1 AVB OFFLINE  

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Posted August 30, 2013 - 10:57 PM

Here are the before and after pictures of the Arctic Cat atv carb. that I just finished cleaning by soaking in Pine-sol. The before pics were taken with my phone so they are a little out of focus.

 

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I soaked this one in about half Pine-sol and half water because the boiler I was using was a little too big. I heated it over low heat on the stove to speed up the cleaning. Afterwards I scraped the remaining calcium like deposits off with a small screw driver.

 

You have to be sure to really rinse the carb good with water after soaking.

 

There are a lot more write ups here. http://www.bing.com/...&sp=1&sk=&ghc=1

 

You can use it full strength and it does not seem to harm rubber unless you leave it too long. It caused the bowl gasket on this carb. to swell, but I soaked it several times over about 2 weeks trying to remove the white stuff.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:11 PM

Never heard of using pine sol, but it looks to have done a good job. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 05:10 AM

Seems to have done a good job! Thanks!


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 05:21 AM

I never heard of using pine sol before. Another good idea to remember. Besides, the wife will always have it around. :smilewink:  :smilewink:


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 06:28 AM

That's good to know. I have a few carbs to clean on snowblowers before the winter. I may try that if they are a real mess. 


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 08:24 AM

I wonder how that toilet bowl cleaner called "the works" would do?  A friend used it to clean his gas tank out and you should have seen the shine.  I couldn't believe it when I looked inside.


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 08:32 AM

I would worry about the softer metal of a carburetor, but have heard of using drain cleaners to clean out tanks.


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 05:48 PM

If your carb had "calcium" deposits, vinegar will dissolve it.

 

Calcium is alkaline, and vinegar is an acid.


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 06:53 PM

Pine-sol is also acidic, I think it has a pH between 2 and 3. It did soften the deposits, but they were still stuck to the surface. After spraying it out with some brake clean the deposits flaked off pretty easy.


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 09:09 AM

I soaked a carb from a Ford 8n in Pine-sol recently. It cleaned up any varnish/deposits, but didn't really touch any of hte rust. Being a cast steel I think carb, it was prett rusty. I let it soak for over 2 weeks and it did a good job of major cleaning, but then I went back with a dremel and some mini brass wire wheels and cleaned up the rust and soft wire to clean all ports. It may work well on non steel carbs, but did not do well on rust...IMO.


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Posted November 08, 2013 - 04:46 PM

I bought one of the Harbor Freight ultra sonic cleaners for cleaning carbs based on some recommendations I read.  I bought the larger of the two that HF sold at the time and it has a heating option.  I have been pleased with the results.  I use Simple Green mixed about 50/50 with water and I run the carbs through the cleaning cycle (6 minutes I think) using the heating option several times.  The carbs come out clean and the results have been great with the carbs I have rebuilt using this method.  

Maybe I will have to try the ultra sonic cleaner using Pine Sol instead of Simple Green to see if the results are any different.


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 12:22 PM

I bought one of the Harbor Freight ultra sonic cleaners for cleaning carbs based on some recommendations I read.  I bought the larger of the two that HF sold at the time and it has a heating option.  I have been pleased with the results.  I use Simple Green mixed about 50/50 with water and I run the carbs through the cleaning cycle (6 minutes I think) using the heating option several times.  The carbs come out clean and the results have been great with the carbs I have rebuilt using this method.  
Maybe I will have to try the ultra sonic cleaner using Pine Sol instead of Simple Green to see if the results are any different.


I know this is an older thread, but I have used pine sol in my ultrasonic. It did a very nice job, much better than simple green. Couple of things, first, get the real thing. Pine sol is much better than the dollar store brand. Second, dont do it in the kitchen, unless you use the exhaust fan. Also, letting it soak for a day helps, and the paint will come off. That's about it.
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Posted December 31, 2013 - 07:03 PM

I wouldnt use works! When I was a kid I had buddies that would make bombs with Works and aluminum foil. Caused a nasty chemical reaction and when placed in a bottle would build pressure and go boom!
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Posted March 01, 2014 - 08:02 PM

I soaked a carb from a Ford 8n in Pine-sol recently. It cleaned up any varnish/deposits, but didn't really touch any of hte rust. Being a cast steel I think carb, it was prett rusty. I let it soak for over 2 weeks and it did a good job of major cleaning, but then I went back with a dremel and some mini brass wire wheels and cleaned up the rust and soft wire to clean all ports. It may work well on non steel carbs, but did not do well on rust...IMO.

I have been reading about restoring old cast iron pans recently, they claim vinegar is good for removing the rust after soaking in lye to remove the old seasoning.



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Posted March 04, 2014 - 02:19 PM

Purrty, and smells good too.






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