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Old 03-27-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Carburetor Cleaning
So it has become time to clean the carb on the '77 TS250 that I'm working on (it runs, but won't idle).

I'm planning on picking up one of those heated ultrasonic cleaners from Harbor Freight tomorrow, but I'm wondering, what to use as a cleaning solution? The stuff Harbor Freight sells isn't safe for aluminum.

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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The stuff H.F. sells is a powder as well. Use a liquid carb. soak. Like Berryman's carb soak. Comes in a 1 gallon can. Get it at Oreilly's auto parts. Is the ultra sonic cleaner made to clean carb parts or jewelry?

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
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Go to your local auto parts and buy a gallon of "Berrymans" cleaner and soak your parts overnight, done. about $25.00

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #4
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The cleaner is plastic. I'm a little leary of dumping carb cleaner in it. There have been a few threads with people suggesting the ultrasonic cleaner, but I haven't seen what they use for a cleaning solution.

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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The cleaner is plastic. I'm a little leary of dumping carb cleaner in it. There have been a few threads with people suggesting the ultrasonic cleaner, but I haven't seen what they use for a cleaning solution.
Then don't spend $70.00 if you don't have to.
Soak the parts in Berrymans FIRST. Then determan if you need to ultra sonic clean.

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:44 PM   #7
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:48 PM   #8
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I'm sure it will work a glam but you might get more than you bargained for if you use the heater. Berrymans has a flash point of 140F!!!! So nothing combustible unless you can switch off the heater.

Or you might try soaking dismantled parts in berrymans and then putting it in the bath with a mild detergent?

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:53 PM   #9
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Holy Cow! Good to know about Berrymans!

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #10
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Yeah, if I go the Ultrasonic route, the whole point seems to be to avoid caustic chemicals. The question though then would be what to use for detergent? I'm guessing it wouldn't be dish washing detergent for instance.

I might just go the Berryman's dip route. I'm familiar with that, I was just thinking that with the cleaner, it would be one less thing I have to get rid of at the Hazmat dump eventually.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:02 PM   #11
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Yeah, if I go the Ultrasonic route, the whole point seems to be to avoid caustic chemicals. The question though then would be what to use for detergent? I'm guessing it wouldn't be dish washing detergent for instance.

I might just go the Berryman's dip route. I'm familiar with that, I was just thinking that with the cleaner, it would be one less thing I have to give to the neighbors ferret eventually.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:04 PM   #12
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soak overnight in DIET COLA... SERIOUSLY, the raunchy'r brand the better...
give it to the nieghbor kids when yer done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:07 PM   #13
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But if you use the cola, then you'll need the ultrasonic detergent bath to clean off the cola!


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Old 03-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #14
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soak it berrymans for the ultra sonic cleaner.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:11 PM   #15
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soak overnight in DIET COLA... SERIOUSLY, the raunchy'r brand the better...
give it to the nieghbor kids when yer done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:40 AM   #16
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Yeah, if I go the Ultrasonic route, the whole point seems to be to avoid caustic chemicals. The question though then would be what to use for detergent? I'm guessing it wouldn't be dish washing detergent for instance.

I might just go the Berryman's dip route. I'm familiar with that, I was just thinking that with the cleaner, it would be one less thing I have to get rid of at the Hazmat dump eventually.

You could use 'Berrymans' in a smaller can for the brass parts
Soak them in a small glass.
Then soak the carb body, after you have removed everything.
In this 'Yamaha' brand carb. soak. It's mixed 50/50 with water.
http://www.yamaha-motor.com/outdoor/...22/detail.aspx
I'm not sure how flammable it is.

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Old 03-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #17
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I used to use the Yamaha stuff mixed 50/50 and bring it to almost a boil. Not quite.
20 min of that and "Ding, fries are done"...
Do it outside.

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #18
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I used to use the Yamaha stuff mixed 50/50 and bring it to almost a boil. Not quite.
20 min of that and "Ding, fries are done"...
Do it outside.
Was that for the brass or, the carb body?
You say 'used to use Yamaha stuff'. What do you use now?
Could the Yamaha stuff be used in a Ultra Sonic, heated machine?
Do you think the Yamaha stuff would harm the plastic bowl used in the Ultra Sonic cleaner?

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:57 AM   #19
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I've read that pine-sol works pretty good...

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:15 AM   #20
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Was that for the brass or, the carb body?
You say 'used to use Yamaha stuff'. What do you use now?
Could the Yamaha stuff be used in a Ultra Sonic, heated machine?
Do you think the Yamaha stuff would harm the plastic bowl used in the Ultra Sonic cleaner?
I disassemble the carb completely and put in everything except the rubber parts.
I've had a number of friends tell me it's fine for rubber.
I don't know if it'll kill your plastic bowl because mine's stainless. But I've put plastic parts in this stuff. Depends I guess.
I started using agetene because it's faster. The same precautions apply.

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