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Using Appliances for Carburetor Cleaning

After seeing a promising Youtube video using an Ultrasonic Cleaner, I decided to give the Harbor Freight unit a try, considering the positive reviews on YT and the HF site. With a 20% off coupon it was $67.

I tried it with Dawn and water mix and it got most of the crud off the carb. Still not satisfied, I took the time to disassemble the unit, as I should have done initially and ran another cycle using plain water. I think I could have gotten better results with Distilled Water instead of tap.

I'm thinking about what chemicals I have in my garage and realized that I have some Simple Green Motorsports. It looks promising, except it doesn't indicate specifically that it's safe for brass.

Any recommendations for chemicals that I can use (and pickup at retail) for the task? Sofar, I have on the list:

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After seeing a promising Youtube video using an Ultrasonic Cleaner, I decided to give the Harbor Freight unit a try, considering the positive reviews on YT and the HF site. With a 20% off coupon it was $67.

I tried it with Dawn and water mix and it got most of the crud off the carb. Still not satisfied, I took the time to disassemble the unit, as I should have done initially and ran another cycle using plain water. I think I could have gotten better results with Distilled Water instead of tap.

I'm thinking about what chemicals I have in my garage and realized that I have some Simple Green Motorsports. It looks promising, except it doesn't indicate specifically that it's safe for brass.

Any recommendations for chemicals that I can use (and pickup at retail) for the task? Sofar, I have on the list:

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I used to use the regular green Simple Green, then a friend told me it may mar bare aluminum if not totally cleaned and dried off. So I went to the purple one here.

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I would give it a shot........if I had an ultrasonic cleaner. Iíve used this cleaner in everything from car rims to engine bays, to Red Rocker. No issues that Iíve found. Toss some old brass in that you have lying around (you must have something ) and see what it does.

I think youíll be ok.

Back in the 90ís we had some stuff in our carb clean tank at work that would peel skin and was warm to the touch. It was FANTASTIC!, but I think it killed people so we had to stop using it
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Re: Using Appliances for Carburetor Cleaning

I wrote to Simple green and here's the email and response:
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I recently purchased an ultrasonic cleaner after seeing YouTube videos of others using it. I have some Simple Green Motorsports formula and wanted your input on if itís safe to use on the brass parts of my sons dirtbike carburetor in the ultrasonic cleaner. One youtuber used a different formula. Hereís the video https://youtu.be/yVfBVcWS3-Q Which product is better for my intended use?

Good Morning,

Thank you for contacting Sunshine Makers, Inc., the makers of Simple Green cleaning products.

Thank you for sharing that video with us. The product that he is using, while safe on aluminum, is not a heavy duty degreaser or even a medium strength cleaner. Simple Green d Pro 3 PLUS is primarily only for killing germs on a surface after it has already been cleaned. While it is great that it works well enough in the video, but it is not being used appropriately. As an EPA registered disinfectant, Simple Green d Pro 3 PLUS must be diluted 1:64 in all uses, not at a 50/50 mixture as the video instructs.

A much more appropriate product to be using would be Simple Green PRO HD, which is available at Home Depot and Lowes. Itís got a corrosion inhibitor protecting metals, rubbers, and plastics when used anywhere from full strength up to a 1:13 dilution.

That said, Simple Green Motorsports is a ready-to-use product and a 1:3 dilution of Simple Green Pro HD (with a different colorant).
Motorsports would be great to use in this type of application and will be safe on cleaning brass. Please note, as a ready to use, you can only dilute it a little bit further otherwise the corrosion inhibitor will be too diluted out. I would recommend no more than another 1:2 dilution of the Motorsports if you want to stretch out the liquid a little bit further.

Please note : the corrosion inhibitor only works while the entire product is submerged in the fluid, and does not leave a protectant on the material once it has been rinsed. Any parts that are exposed to the air can still potentially corrode and should be treated with a protectant as soon as possible.

If there is anything more I can assist you with, please let me know.
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I wrote to Simple green and here's the email and response:

lol I had to look back at my pic and make sure I wasn't using what she didn't recommend!
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Re: Using Appliances for Carburetor Cleaning

I read it again and thought her math was a bit off...that the Motorsports could be diluted a further 4.25 parts to match the HD Pro product's diluted strength at 1:13, since they're the same product just with different colorant.

Although the new carburetor has arrived, I'll have to order another throttle cable (unless I can save the one I found in the parts bin...second thought- I'll order one anyhow) in the meantime, I'll make another attempt at cleaning the old carburetor. At least I can get a decent science experiment out of it for minimal costs - LoL
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