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Carburetor Dip (cleaner)

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by blake101, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. blake101

    blake101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 563

    Who makes the best Carburetor dip, getting tired of buying all of those spray cans?
  2. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Posts: 2,231

    This generation of carb dip cleaners just aren't effective, in my opinion. I had a 5 gallon bucket of cleaner I purchased in the mid 70's(my guess) that was very effective--a disassembled carb would be clean in 10-15 minutes. Wash off with hot water, blow out with air and you were good to go.

    It's been too long ago to remember the name brand or formulation but I do recall it was purchased at Carquest. The product was water soluable and as it evaporated, I would add water and it was effective until the late 90's when it finally ate a hole in the bucket and left the contents on my shop floor. I wasn't paying close attention but my guess is that EPA or OSHA played a role in taking it off the market. It was very caustic--my guess is that it contained sodium hydroxide(lye).

    Since the early 2000's I've used nothing but 3M brake cleaner--I buy it by the case at $1.99/can when it's on sale. I like 3M because the nozzle sits down in the recess of the can and I can knock if off the bench without damaging it.:hammerhead:
  3. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    i buy chlorinated brake cleaner in gal cans from napa and, refillable spray aerosal cans. also the best cleaner i have found is automotive grade laquer thinner, been using it for years with no problems and great results
  4. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Posts: 2,231

    Jetta, I have used lacquer thinner as well but its volatility and combustibility in a confined area became a concern for me, particularly in an open container.
  5. joe billy

    joe billy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    CRC brake cleaner in the green can.,you don't have to wait for results.
    It cleans instantly and works as a good starter fluid.

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