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Dirty Carburetors - DIY Cleaning

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Let's face it, we don't run these toys of ours under the cleanest of conditons. Water, Dirt, Gunk, Grime, Corrosion, etc. can get inside the carburetors.
It can happen and your poor motor pays the price by running badly.
What to do?
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The good 'ole days of industrial strength "parts dip" or "carburetor cleaner" are over. You can't buy the good stuff anymore. What's available nowadays won't even remove a label off a beer bottle, let alone clean out the crud we're talking about.

Ever hear of Soda Blasting?

Stuff you'll need: small diameter hose cut with a slit, insert tip of air nozzle inside the slit in hose, tape a pencil to the suction end of hose to keep it from curling up when you insert it iside the box of baking soda, and of course baking soda. This contraption creates a siphon to bring up the baking soda through the hose and in to the blast of air from the air nozzle. You now have everything but the air compressor. Did I mention that you need an air compressor?
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Safety first! This process will create a lot of dust! I wear a respirator and face shield. Gloves and coveralls complete the fashion statement.
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Don't worry, the baking soda waters in to the grass and it won't hurt a thing.
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Do you have any "after" pix?
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I directed the blast at the ports (remember to diassemble the carb by removing all the jets) and could see a stream of baking soda shoot out the opposite end openings.
When done with the blasting operation, I soaked the carbs in scalding hot water then dried everything by blowing every nook and cranny out with plain 'ole compressed air.

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The air nozzle, hose, pencil and tape cost about $10
Baking soda is much cheaper at Smart & Final. 5lb bag $5
Air compressor? If you don't have one, borrow one. Or about $50 at Harbor Freight

Clean carbs are a wonderful thing.
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Very creative, thanks for sharing the info =D>

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Re: Dirty Carburetors - DIY Cleaning

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I may have to try that for a toxic reasons.

But You can still get the good stuff
http://www.berrymanproducts.com/Default.aspx?tabid=146

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Any time I see the "California Compliant Formula" disclaimer it's time for lowered expectations.
The 49 state formula may still be the "good stuff", but I'll never know, unless I resort to ...

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