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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:38 pm 
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I've got about 5 carburetors to clean, and have not ever used an ultrasonic cleaner, but have heard that is the best way to get them clean now a days.

Anyone with experience that supports the somewhat high cost of getting set up?

I realize that the present day carb cleaning solutions are not real effective, tho I will go in that direction if someone has experienced that the consumer grade ($150 price point) ultrasonic cleaners do not work...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:34 pm 
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you really need a combination of both. Brush and solvent to remove the heavy gunk and layered on grime. Then the ultra sonic to do the final clean and get the internal passages.
Warm water and Dawn dish soap make a fine ultra sonic solution.

If you are only going to do one, you are better off with the brush and solvent and using spray carb cleaner to flush the internal passages.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:52 pm 
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I haven't done it, but I've read on another forum to use Pine-sol to soak the carbs...….

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:11 am 
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I will try some pine-sol, and see how that works.. If The carb needs additional cleaning, then I may try the Ultrasonic route. I would rather not spend the $$ in what might be a single use tool.. Tho that may be rationalization b/c I am unsure how well it works, despite reading/hearing that it is the gold standard...

Thank You,
Jase


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:22 pm 
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I have also read on Motorcycle forums about using pinesol, most claim that knock off brands do not work as well and that it tends to react with brass parts. Other than that everything that I have read has said that it works better than todays carburator dip solutions. Of course I have never tried it before but if you do I am curious to the results that you have.

-Josh


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:55 pm 
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OK, chemist chiming in...ultrasound is a great "accelerator" to any cleaning solution. If you can get Berryman Chemdip or similar carb cleaner, you don't really need ultrasonic cleaning - they are really good at dissolving gums and residues on carbs. That said, California and some other states do not allow original formula carb cleaner formulations due to perceived toxicity. Ultrasonic cleaning is very good. If you can't get good solvents, or even if you can, ultrasonic cleaning will only add to their effectiveness. Ultrasound applied to any solvent cavitates and imparts extra energy to solvents to improve their cleaning efficiency. Final word, if you want to invest in an ultrasonic cleaning bath, you can't go wrong. Applying ultrasound to any solvent will vastly increase its solvating power.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:29 am 
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I soak my carb.s in gas, in a 5 gallon bucket with a tight fitting lid.
Once done, I run it through a coffee filter, then in the lawn mower.
Rinse the carbs with carb cleaner.
Been doing it since the late 1970's with out issue.


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