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Old 21 February 2012, 10:51   #1
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cleaning carbs

I know the best cleaning method is as recommended and using a ultra sonic bath but all of the shops I've spoken to expect to charge 25 per carb + labour and parts, so a carb clean gets into 150 - 200.

I'm going to clean them myself, anyone know of a cleaning product which will clean the brown deposit left from previously dried petrol?
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Old 21 February 2012, 11:31   #2
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Quicksilver Powertune is a good carb cleaner. I have an ultrasonic cleaner in the workshop here and would clean them for you for a lot less than that, shame I'm in the midlands.
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Most automotive carb cleaners (see your local automotive store) and a small brush should do the trick. I liked using a capful of liquid rather than just spraying it on, but it takes quite a bit as the solvent is highly evaporative. Watch the fumes; I'm sure the stuff is not neurologically friendly.

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You can buy a small ultrasonic cleaner for occasional use on eBay for 25. I just did mine with the usual carb cleaner aerosol though.
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Forte or millers oils do some good products.
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You can buy a small ultrasonic cleaner for occasional use on eBay for 25. I just did mine with the usual carb cleaner aerosol though.
Most are for jewelry cleaning, they often don't have the capacity to do most carbs. Mine was about 180.00 and it does gets used a lot.
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Use fresh petrol in a container ( ventilated area ) and an airline , done it for years no problems . If ur a smoker light up outside !!!!
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Most are for jewelry cleaning, they often don't have the capacity to do most carbs. Mine was about 180.00 and it does gets used a lot.
Fair point - for not much more you can get larger capacity home use models (ie non-commerical quality) though.
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I know the best cleaning method is as recommended and using a ultra sonic bath but all of the shops I've spoken to expect to charge 25 per carb + labour and parts, so a carb clean gets into 150 - 200.

I'm going to clean them myself, anyone know of a cleaning product which will clean the brown deposit left from previously dried petrol?
Wow thats a lot of money!!, We just charge the labour time to clean and rebuild. Sometimes we find we have to leave them in the bath for 3 hrs to get them really clean!. ( you cant charge for that!)
If you get stuck we are just near Devon Boarder in Looe! Otherwise soak them in Power tune!.
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Toolstation. 2.52 for 400ML spray, incl WD40 type straw.. Dissolves all known non metallic substances.....

(Keep it away from your paintwork & any plastic bits tho'. Not that I speak from experience or anything.....)
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Old 21 February 2012, 19:09   #11
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Thanks everyone, good advice and nice to have black dog and the midlands offering decent service.
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are you sure your prices are right? what you are quoting is more the price for a full service and a dear one at that! We charge 156 inc VAT for the service!!!!

prices are on our website if you want to check and also what we do for that money.
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