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Carb cleaning fluids?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Lawrence Clayton, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,232


    Went to get a carb cleaning kit today. Apparently no longer available. The fluid was $50.00! Is there anything else that would work? Laquer thinner, acetone, alcohol,? Searched and found a suggestion of vinegar. Ideas/suggestions?
  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,185


    I've cleaned a lot of carbs that weren't too bad with the name brand spray carb cleaners.

    Check other parts houses or pick some up when you make a run across the border.
    I bought a small (gallon size) can of it with a basket in it at Autozone a while back.
    Napa shows it 5 gallon

    1 gallon

    Autozone shows a five gallon CRC that is special order
    or a 1 gallon Berrymans like the one I picked up here in town
    you only get 2/3 of a can of cleaner though and big carb bodies won't fit in the can. I've put bigger pieces in an old thrift store baking pan and poured the cleaner in the pan and then poured it back in the can when I was done.

    O'Reilly options.

    Find brands and parts numbers that match the brands you have in BC and check your sources for those numbers. Quite often the 5 gallon cans are kept in the back room even at the local NAPA here.
  3. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,232


    Thanks, I thought about running across the line on Monday. But are there any substitute fluids I could use. The carb isn't all that bad compare to some I've rebuilt but I do want to get it CLEAN inside as well as outside.
  4. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,530

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Hit up your Yamaha motorcycle dealer and get a bottle of carb soak, its 13 or so bucks for a quart, which can make a gallon.
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  5. goose-em
    Joined: Aug 23, 2008
    Posts: 349

    from Louisiana

    Vinegar will work on your brass. Then stick the rest in an ultrasonic cleaner.

    Walla your done.
  6. 1952henry
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 731


    PineSol, seriously. You can cut it 3:1 if you want. I put it in an old $2.50 crock pot an let it cook. Rinse thoroughly when done. Makes your garage smell nice, too.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
  7. FityFive
    Joined: Aug 9, 2010
    Posts: 301


    How long do you let it cook?
  8. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    I want to see pictures of that $2.50 CRACK POT!
  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,185


    Every time I smell PineSol it reminds me of the times I traveled through the Seattle Grayhound bus station when I was in my teens. That place reeked of it. Inexpensive and worth a try though.
  10. 1952henry
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 731


    Yeah, me too. I'd be pretty popular in some areas!!

    I've let them cook for 2-3 hours. It softens up the gunk. A good scrubbing and rinse after works well. The casting looks nice the bath.

    I got the idea from some motorcycle site.
  11. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,185


    Around here you can find them at yard sales or the Salvation Army thrift store with a broken handle for that or less. It doesn't have to be new to boil carbs or parts.
  12. jack orchard
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
    Posts: 238

    jack orchard

    Henry is right. PineSol works as good as most carb cleaners i have used. Much cheaper. Scrub with toothbrush and rinse...jack
  13. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,232


    The Pinesol idea is interesting as is the Yamaha stuff. But do they clean the inside passages as well as carb cleaner?
  14. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,384


    Well... I have been using "Purple Power" straight and cold on carbs, Scrub with toothbrush and rinse, blow off with air to dry.
  15. Mount a cheap orbital sander upside down in a bench vice. Strap a container of any cleaner (Pine sol, Purple Power, etc) and carb parts to the pad. Turn it on and run it for a few minutes. It works just like an ultra-sonic cleaner. I did this with model airplane parts and fasterners. It cleans the crap out of very small crevices. Works great for mixing small containers of paint too.
  16. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,384


    :):):) OOH! OOH! thats so kool, :):):)
  17. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    I use a Zep product called Formula 50. Its a commercial Biodegradeable cleaner, soak it over night in it, then, I use polmolive in hot water, then water, and blow it out.

    Simple greean works good, so does purple power. My first choice is Formula 50
  18. Don't know if the Yamaha Motorcycle carb cleaner is the same as the Yamaha Outboard Motor cleaner if it is it cleans the passages fine.


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  19. Moonequipt13
    Joined: Jul 9, 2012
    Posts: 196


    Chem-Dip. End of story
  20. Chem-Dip gallon can, its at Wal-Mart.
  21. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    been doing this for yrs on bike carbs.but i dont use pine-sol.used regular carb cleaner. and also set it out of the shop when it was cookin.dont know if it would explode but i aint takin anymore chances..but when they come out damn they look good.not the smartest thing ive done but it does work and works good...
  22. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,253

    Rusty O'Toole

    Ha ha ha Lots of two bit crackpots on the internet, not sure where you find the $2.50 ones ha ha ha ha ha

    I've cleaned carbs with lacquer thinner and blown out the passages with a spray can of carb cleaner when I had no air compressor or carb cleaner available. But some of your ideas sound better.
  23. 5 gal bucket of straight simple green, let it soak and wash in 5 gal bucket of clean water thoroughly, blow dry (all passages) with compressed air.

    I like the ultrasonic idea!
  24. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,986

    Member Emeritus

    I don't know if they still make it but Dupont Gun and Equipment cleaner is the best I've ever tried. It doesn't leave a residue when blown dry and carb parts soaked overnight will look as good as when they were manufactured. I've got a small amount left of the last gallon I bought years ago and I'm going to check and see if it's still a current product. You should be able to get it at any place that sells Dupont paint products.

  25. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,183

    from Minn. uSA

    I got this from an OT factory bike shop:

    BTW: before you use this stuff, common sense requires good eye coverage. Safety first.

    Use the thick, blue, toilet bowl cleaner as a quick soak. Less toxic & beats the hell outta Chem-Dip, various carb cleaners, etc. & works fast - almost too fast. Can watch the gunk, varnish, & corrosion just fall off the brass parts.

    I put small brass & steel pieces into a small sieve, whisk it around in blue cleaner in a glass bowl, 'till they're clean, then wash in a pail of water. Then a quick dry, & a light shot of chlorine-free brake cleaner to make sure the water is gone. LPS makes the cleanest one I've ever used. Hard to find. OReilly's carries some that are almost as good.

    For the carb body, same deal. You can dunk the whole thing, & brush the small spots that remain, or wash & toothbrush it. Either way works. To get the passage-ways clean, I use a small hypodermic needle (w/the actual needle removed) to force the blue stuff through. Wait a couple of minutes, at most, then another needle-less-hypo to force water thru 'till I think it's cleaned of the blue stuff, then use the brake cleaner w/a nozzle tube to make sure both blue stuff & water are gone.

    Note: This stuff is strong enough to remove the coating on the carb, & I'd guess dissolve the pot-metal/aluminum/brass eventually, so be careful. It takes awhile, but no over-night soaks. I wouldn't do anything much longer than a few minutes at a time.


    & I've gotta try fab32's idea.

  26. james23
    Joined: Nov 14, 2012
    Posts: 5

    from USA

    You can use vinegar as a carburetor cleaner fluid instead of spending money on carburetor cleaning fluid. If the cleaning is done regularly intervals for maintenance of the vehicle, vinegar does a great job. It will also work for occasional cleaning but it will requires more elbow grease with a wire scrub brush.
  27. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,675


    I've cooked carbs in CLR diluted from 8 to 10:1 with water. Clean out with carb cleaner first and cook for 5 to 10 minutes- checking frequently as it will also strip chromate coating. you will see the white oxidation floating to the top. I only do this to carbs that have been sitting in the elements.
  28. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,770


    Pine-Sol. Seriously.

  29. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    Harbor Freight has a small ultraconic cleaner that'll work,....I put a few drops of dishwashing liquid in with the water, and let it run. I think the machine was about $25.

  30. ironpile
    Joined: Jul 3, 2005
    Posts: 915


    Lac thinner and a good parts brush.Also good air pressure to blow out passages.

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