Brake Cleaner safe to Clean Carb?


8 replies to this topic
  • Davies

Posted May 15, 2007 - 05:38 PM

#1

I have a gummed up carb with old gas and goo from my 01 wr250f and have it on the table but am not located in an area that sells carb cleaner. can i use brake cleaner? any other good chemicals methods other than buying carb cleaner? I will use a compressor too. Thanks

  • jeremyhensel

Posted May 15, 2007 - 05:40 PM

#2

contact cleaner (electrical contact, not eye contact) is sold at auto parts stores and it doesn't leave a residue like brake cleaner. That said, with the internet I think you could get some carb cleaner in a couple of days.

  • Davies

Posted May 15, 2007 - 06:36 PM

#3

do you think brake cleaner (says leaves no reisdue) will work? I have a spray bottle of it. it does say may harm rubber o rings... hmmm.. is this a sketchy idea or can i do it?

  • 642MX

Posted May 15, 2007 - 06:45 PM

#4

Brake cleaner and carb cleaner both eat o-rings. Most cleaners do.

If you can't find any carb cleaner, brake cleaner will work to clean your carb, but starting fluid works better.

  • jeremyhensel

Posted May 15, 2007 - 06:48 PM

#5

Brake cleaner and contact cleaner both say to keep away from rubber. I would order the carb cleaner

  • Racer24

Posted May 15, 2007 - 06:59 PM

#6

i have Maxima Contact Brake Cleaner and its removes oil, grease, carbon deposits, cleans Brakes, Ignitions, and Carbs...its safe for any rubber o rings....and it has a nice citrus scent :)

its also non-corrosive and non-staining...on the back its says its safe to use on Engine parts, carbs, brake parts, ignition parts, spark pluygs, lockes, electrical components, and more

  • ttr125l95

Posted May 15, 2007 - 08:47 PM

#7

Take the rubber out of the carb before you clean it, buy a bucket of carb cleaner (like one the paint can thingies) take it apart and let it sit in the can for like 2 hours then come put it back together again. With brake cleaner or carb cleaner you will need to avoid contact with the rubber components.

  • Slapnut

Posted May 16, 2007 - 04:43 AM

#8

Isn't BRAKE cleaner for...er...um...well BRAKES!
Leave it for a week or two in some kero or mineral turps and all will be sweet.

  • thumpinyami59

Posted May 18, 2007 - 06:40 AM

#9

contact cleaner (electrical contact, not eye contact) is sold at auto parts stores and it doesn't leave a residue like brake cleaner. That said, with the internet I think you could get some carb cleaner in a couple of days.


Brake clean cleans better than carb cleaner. It removes all residue, hence people use it on brakes. I do think it is harder on seals, o-rings, etc. though!




 
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