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Carburetor Cleaning

Discussion in 'Mechanical & Technical' started by nancejd, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. 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.
  2. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    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?
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012

  3. Go to your local auto parts and buy a gallon of "Berrymans" cleaner and soak your parts overnight, done. about $25.00
  4. 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.
  5. Wow,james1300 we posted at the same time, I think we could be twins:mrgreen:
  6. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    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.
  7. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Mom liked you best!
  8. 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?
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
  9. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Holy Cow! Good to know about Berrymans! :blob6:firedevil:
  10. 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.
  11. Fixed.
  12. Rippn

    Rippn Human Race Qualifier<br>FREE and clean

    soak overnight in DIET COLA... SERIOUSLY, the raunchy'r brand the better...
    give it to the nieghbor kids when yer done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    FREE and clean, Ripp'n
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  13. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    But if you use the cola, then you'll need the ultrasonic detergent bath to clean off the cola!

  14. soak it berrymans for the ultra sonic cleaner.
  15. Green dot.
  16. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    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.
    I'm not sure how flammable it is.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
  17. 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.
  18. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    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?
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
  19. I've read that pine-sol works pretty good...
  20. 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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