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Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: October 19, 2011 03:50PM

I've read here that for cleaning parts of oil and other foreign matter, Brake clean is tops. Don't have any. Have 2-3 cans of aerosal carb cleaner. (Also a gallon bucket of carb dip, but that's another carb encounter) Anyway, would the spray carb clean work as good as the brake clean to say, clean a PG cable at the tranny for a 'Hose shrink' and not leave any residue? (Greasy kid's stuff. ggg)

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: October 19, 2011 04:12PM

You didn't say what brand you have. That may help in giving advise.

Read the label and see if it says that it lubes also. If it does then it will leave a film. You can always spray a little on something and see what happens. Glass is a good indicator.

I use the Super Tech Wal Mart brand myself.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: Paul Iiames ()
Date: October 19, 2011 04:22PM

Non Chlorinated brake clean is best when using a brake cleaner.

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: October 19, 2011 04:23PM

And...eye protection...winking smiley

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: vaporloc ()
Date: October 19, 2011 05:36PM

This works... For cleaning carbs, use (Tidy Bowl toilet bowl cleaner)... Comes out looking like new money.. Washers off with water, smells (pretty) good to me anyway, a little better them either carb cleaner or brake cleaner....

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: October 19, 2011 06:02PM

Thanx all. The 'Glass Test' sounds great!

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: jasvair ()
Date: October 19, 2011 06:12PM

I agree with Ken that the Super tech from Walmart is the best. I use it all the time on any Corvair part.
John Sweet It out performs any of the high price carb cleaners.
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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: October 19, 2011 06:42PM

Just gonna go ahead and pick up some 3M non-chlorinated from flaps tomorrow. The carb clean I have is 'Valuecraft' and contains 'Petroleum distillates'. Got a whole gallon of XYLENE, also, that I was thinking of putting in a pump bottle. But it feels a little greasy also. Yeah, I'm kinda cheap.

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: avairnut ()
Date: October 19, 2011 07:16PM

I've had good luck with "Gum-Out Carb Spray"

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: OttawaCorvairGuy ()
Date: October 19, 2011 08:07PM

Carb cleaner will remove dirt and oil much better than brake cleaner.

Brake cleaner is better for gasket surfaces and anything you want to seal.

But why can't you use carb cleaner to clean off the oil and dirt and then use rubbing alcohol to wipe away any residue – so you can use sealer?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/19/2011 08:08PM by OttawaCorvairGuy.

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: October 19, 2011 10:10PM

stitch Wrote:
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> Just gonna go ahead and pick up some 3M
> non-chlorinated from flaps tomorrow. The carb
> clean I have is 'Valuecraft' and contains
> 'Petroleum distillates'. Got a whole gallon of
> XYLENE, also, that I was thinking of putting in a
> pump bottle. But it feels a little greasy also.
> Yeah, I'm kinda cheap.


Valuecraft is the worst stuff on the planet and leaves all kinds of residue and takes forever to dry,,use the Super tech stuff from walmart as others have suggested,,its half the price of the gumout and other name brands and works just the same,,I buy cases of the stuff and use it all the time for everything,,I did test with all the carb cleaner brands and all worked great except for valuecrap!

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: October 20, 2011 03:54AM

wait a minute! You guys are buying stuff from Walmart...i.e. China...tsk tsk.smiling smiley

Dave

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: October 20, 2011 04:17AM

We haven't shopped walmart in over two years. smiling smiley

Some carb cleaner can eat plastics. Dont ask how I know..... :/ not sure what was in it....

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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: October 20, 2011 05:14AM

To be sure, you need to be careful with the Wal Mart carb clean! It will eat paint and some plastics. I have even used as a a paint stripper before.

There are some things I don't care where they come from, they work!

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
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Re: Brake clean vis-a-vis Carb clean
Posted by: aircooled6 ()
Date: October 20, 2011 06:37AM

THe valuecraft and a few of the other "house" brands of carb cleaner have gone to an ethanol based stuff. It stinks and it doesnt work worth a damn. Look at the label - petroleum distillates, methanol and our good old friend toluene are what is in the good cleaners. Kills bugs, too!

Everett Wilson
North Richland Hills TX
(Now, South of 820!!)
64 Greenbrier 110 with 95 heads/PG

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