CrockPot carb cleaning

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CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby Kymasabe » Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:22 am

It's a little out of the box, but works great.
I bought a 3 quart CrockPot from K-Mart for around $12.00 and bought a 1-gallon can of carb cleaner from the local auto parts store. I poured 1/2 gallon carb cleaner into the CrockPot, set it to "low" and soaked my totally clogged up petcock in it for an hour or so. Petcock and fluid was hot, but petcock was still clogged. Dropped it back in the pot, turned it up to "high" and accidently forgot about it. 4 hours later, my daughter told me something was boiling in the garage. Unplugged the CrockPot, removed the petcock, totally absolutely clean, melted out all the crap that was solidified inside it.
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby rebelrider » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:28 pm

I did something similar with an old deep-fryer and some Pine Sol:

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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby BinDerSmokDat » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:46 am

Did the PineSol and crab pot thing with the FD.
Heated 1 part water and dumped in 2 parts PineSol
Worked well, did not discolor the aluminum.
It did flash rust the internal steel parts, like hubs and spacers, so the tip there is to rinse them under cold water and hit with WD-40 immediately.
Some folks have boiled the pot or put it on a burner to get it hot/maintain temp but I didn't find that to be necessary.

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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby pigdog » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:02 pm

I can't recommend heating car cleaner like that, unless you are on good terms with your local fire department. Just not a good idea.

I find that putting your carb in the metal container it came in, putting it in the back of your truck and driving around with it for twenty minutes or so does a good job. Just like an ultrasonic cleaner.
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby Dat Yooper » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:22 pm

Being on our local Vol. Fire Dept., I had the hair standing on end when I 1st read this thread!!!!
The Pinesol (Id use Dawn Dish Soap Or any other heavy degreaser) method is the way to go!!
Boiling Oil or Solvents WILL SELF IGNITE !!!!!

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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby cdscoot » Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:28 pm

Dat Yooper wrote:Being on our local Vol. Fire Dept., I had the hair standing on end when I 1st read this thread!!!!
The Pinesol (Id use Dawn Dish Soap Or any other heavy degreaser) method is the way to go!!
Boiling Oil or Solvents WILL SELF IGNITE !!!!!

But we only have 3 causes for fires in our township........MEN...WOMEN....AND CHILDREN!!

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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby BoBDoG2o02 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:35 pm

Does the Pinesol remove the heavy varnish too?
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Postby biggziff » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:07 pm

BoBDoG2o02 wrote:Does the Pinesol remove the heavy varnish too?


Pine Sol is the best soaking cleaner for parts since Berryman changed their formula to be safe. You have to use the original formula and it's only good for 1-3 days. I use plastic totes from Walmart and keep them warm while parts are soaking. You can dilute it 2-1 (PS to water), but I usually use it straight anymore. The warmer the solution the better the cleaning action. I do agitate the parts every few hours and will scrub them a little with a toothbrush during the soak for the heavier stuff.

It'll eat varnish. It'll also remove the coating from phosphate coated parts like carb brackets, etc turning them dark or black which doesn't look so hot so be aware.
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby BoBDoG2o02 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:29 am

I have 2 Mikuni BS38 CV carbs for a XS650 that had bad float needles.... for years. I think this may be an option to get the nastys off the outside.
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby JustTroItIn » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:06 pm

biggziff wrote:Pine Sol is the best soaking cleaner for parts since Berryman changed their formula to be safe.


Roughly how long ago did Berryman change their formula? I love that stuff.
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby biggziff » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:28 pm

JustTroItIn wrote:
biggziff wrote:Pine Sol is the best soaking cleaner for parts since Berryman changed their formula to be safe.


Roughly how long ago did Berryman change their formula? I love that stuff.


At least 2 years. Maybe 3? The new stuff sucks in comparison.
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby URAL CT » Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:56 am

Be cautious about using pine sol. It'll etch all the steel parts of the carb, like the springs, pivot arm, & top dome. I immediately sprayed WD40 to the whole carb but did not help. Cleaned it alright but now I'm dealing with rusted throttle return springs, rusted dome top, & throttle arm. Just sayin'...YMMV
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby biggziff » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:48 pm

URAL CT wrote:Be cautious about using pine sol. It'll etch all the steel parts of the carb, like the springs, pivot arm, & top dome. I immediately sprayed WD40 to the whole carb but did not help. Cleaned it alright but now I'm dealing with rusted throttle return springs, rusted dome top, & throttle arm. Just sayin'...YMMV


It only bothers plated parts. You can reduce the ratio to keep that from happening. There is a lot of information on this all over the net including recommended mixtures.
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Re: CrockPot carb cleaning

Postby Dat Yooper » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:38 pm

Dawn Dish Soap, Might now work as fast, but doesn't strip cadium plated parts, (Cheap Galanize)
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