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Old 03-12-2007, 02:30 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning Carbon off of Aluminum

I was over at BITOG tonight, and this guy posted a question asking how he would go about cleaning carbon from his 3800 LIM and throttle body.

http://theoildrop.server101.com/foru...fpart=all&vc=1

I know that glass bead blast media would clean the outside, but what about the inside?

What about dipping the whole LIM in a container of lacquer thinner?
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What about dipping the whole LIM in a container of lacquer thinner?
Try carb cleaner. Takes about two gallons in a pan big enough to plunk it in and let it soak. (You can buy carb cleaner still in gallon paint cans.)

Acetone will just dry it out and make it easy to scrub off. Kerosene will also take it off. For a spray bottle approach, Castrol Super Clean wheel cleaner does the job too. (Sodium Hydroxide..just like Easy-Off oven cleaner but cheaper)

Just remember to turn of the Smoking Lamp while working....
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Be aware that Castrol Super Clean will eat the paint off the spring and throttle cable bracket. If you use it, spray it in the bore, then scrub.

BTW, Castrol is what I use on all TB'*. Spray, soak, rinse. Reapeat.
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It'* funny this thread got moved to Detailing & Appearance.
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FYI, I was asked by a Moderator about the location. Since your topic had nothing to do with performance, and wasn't a mechanical problem, and you were talking about the outside of the LIM as well, I left it to the Moderator to make the decision.
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Yeah that mod was Me and since it was mainly the Inside of the LIM and the insid eof the TB, i feel it should be in Gen Chat atleast
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^ ^ ^ ^

No, no, it'* alright really. The only reason I thought it was so funny is because this thread -

http://theoildrop.server101.com/foru...fpart=all&vc=1

and this thread -

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=73555

are the same guy, the same car, and the same part!

I found that out later after I started this thread here. But yeah, it'* funny that this thread got moved to Appearence & Detail simply because of the way I worded the thread title.

Anyway, I hope I didn't cause too much confusion. . . .
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You're from the land of Fruits and Nuts. All is forgiven.



(I am too)
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