Mechanic In A Bottle?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by RickyDL77, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nah, I honestly have not had any problems with my equipment that were fuel related and I don't use any additives. I think it's all in people's heads.
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  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now you sound like the government.
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  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I seriously don't have any probs with my equipment...I have an old Stihl homeowner unit that's 8 years old, never even put a plug in it, starts and runs just fine. I don't drain the gas out of it either. Hell I have nothing to gain by lying...I just must have good luck.
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  4. ed2hess

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    Yes it cost $55 for a small pail full of it with a mesh cloth basket for holding
    the carb items. I may start another thread as I get more experience with the product. I may be gullible but I think this is a winner. I never believed you could take a carb off and soak it in something and it would clean it up. With this stuff I take the carb apart and do a basic clean up and then put it in the bucket. At this time I am not putting in the diaphrams and gaskets. I leave it in over nite. The way I look at it you lose nothing in using this stuff. I see debris in the bucket and the darn carb parts come out pretty darn clean looking When a carb needs a kit them obviously you need a new kit. So far I have had good luck with three carbs run thru this stuff. I have probably 20 carb that more than 5 years old that i intend to run thru this stuff. I think I will get ultrasonic bucket to speed up the process.
     
  5. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats chem dip you can buy at an autoparts store. I use a vat with an agitator. One shop I worked at we had a ultrasonic vat that work quite well.

    I got your "mechanic in a bottle". Its called dont use month old fuel EVER. I have done more than my share of carbs but yet never have to even touch the ones on my equipment going on 5 years now.
     
  6. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    How are you going to pour an ultasonic cleaner into your tank?
    Are they selling nanobots at NAPA?

    You guys are omitting one very important step when using cleaning solvents on carbs.
    The solvents eat the sealants around the welch plugs. If you don't reseal them,
    The carb can flood and the welch plugs can fall out.
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  7. ed2hess

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  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is a good point the one I got in cleaner now has welch plug and I didn't take it out. So will super glue seal them up or use something else? I had mixed feeling about the need to pull the cap off? YOur thoughts on that.
     
  9. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I use fingernail polish to seal the welch plugs. Seems to work fine.
    Stihlmechanic should know the proper sealant.
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  10. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Fingernail polish for external plugs only. Nothing seals permanently to the internal welch plugs so IF and when I need to replace a plug I dont, I just replace the carb. Years ago, before ethanol, fingernail polish worked. With ethanol, nothing seals permanently and with carbs priced at 30 bucks msrp, it only makes sense just to replace it. The only repair I will do to an old carb is replace a stiff metering diaphragm or leaking inlet needle. Cant put alot of time in an old carb when labor rates are 75+ an hour.
     

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