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Old 03 November 2013, 15:12   #11
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Well Nos is quite technically competent whereas I'm the sort of idiot that would spray grease in the carbs!

I don't think its going to be a disaster - but the quicker you can get them rinsed the better. I wonder if others think it might be worth spraying something like break disk cleaner in there and then rinsing with fresh fuel, before you try to crank it up again?
I'd soak the carbs with brake cleaner sooner rather than later. No worries about grease in the cylinders. It'll smoke momentarily. Disconnect the fuel supply and run the engine dry, then winterise with fogging oil.
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As always, great advice and a few laughs. The plastic bag thing sounds interesting! Thanks all. Will let you know how I get on.
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grease a go go

If i was you i`d remove plugs,turn the engine over off the key get it turning freely,replace plugs fire up with fresh petrol, have an attomiser bottle with fresh petrol in ready to squirt straight into carb intakes be a bit smokey for a start,but soon clear leav ticking over a while,more than likely done more good than harm,
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Thanks Bob, I did turn the engine over on the key with the plugs out as you suggested to try and eject some of the grease from the cylinders - didn't actually re-start it - but I suspect it's the carbs which will be the issue rather than the cylinders. I've just about stopped kicking myself. The funny thing is the guy where I store the boat was looking at what I was doing and said to me 'I wouldn't spray that in there'. I, of course replied confidently - 'no no this is DEFINITELY what you do, I've read the manual and watched a variety of videos on the subject....' He just walked away shaking his head. Think I need to go and kick myself some more...
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Just a point to remember Pedrode,keep that atomiser with fresh petrol handy no kidding it works wonders,ie clearing carbureters of spiders and cobwebs,yes we all been there, engines that refuse to start when you have a spark,do it outside you dont want to blow your garage roof off.
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Just a point to remember Pedrode,keep that atomiser with fresh petrol handy no kidding it works wonders,ie clearing carbureters of spiders and cobwebs,yes we all been there, engines that refuse to start when you have a spark,do it outside you dont want to blow your garage roof off.
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If you spray anything like brake-cleaner into the carbs you risk removing oil from key components - such as the cylinder wall and piston.
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Spraying petrol around isn't something to be taken lightly. Be very careful if you do decide to do this.
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What about getting a spray can of carb cleaner & giving it a good dousing when it's running ?
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Just run it up like normal , worst case your to change a set of plugs. . It will burn the spray grease of rapidly.
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