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dennis 356
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:31 am    Post subject: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

What would be the consensus on prefered engine cleaner? I normally resort to either kerosene or diesel but this 60 year old goo is tough to get rid off.
Don´t have access to pro motor bath. Never tried steam though, is it effective enough to invest in some kind of a steaming gadget for amateur use?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:32 am    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

I just used brake cleaner and a wire brush to clean the goo, then soda blasted the case. Don't forget to pull the oil galley plugs and clean the oil passages too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

captcory wrote:
I just used brake cleaner and a wire brush to clean the goo, then soda blasted the case. Don't forget to pull the oil galley plugs and clean the oil passages too.

see: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=546621&highlight=


I have a big spray can of "regular brake cleaner" but it´s not much effective, dries too quickly as well.
Seems like both the kerosene and diesel are more effective cleaners than that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

I used kerosene and then 3 different kinds of “wire brushes”. Wiped it off, sprayed it with WD40 and polished it a microfiber rag. Looks like new. Well, almost.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

Wurth makes a good engine cleaner in a spray can. Not a miracle worker, but does work on softened dirt. It might help to pre soak with a solvent.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

Kerosene and diesel are rather dangerous both from sparks, odor and your skin absorbs. Varsol is a preferred cleaning solvent. Before removing from vehicle - visit a wand DIY car wash, spray engine with engine degreaser, and then spray with the wand's high pressure water.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

I highly doubt they still have engine degreasers at the car wash in Sweden. I believe those have been outlawed for at least 20 years out of environmental concerns.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

Buy the engine degreaser at a local auto store. There are petroleum and environmentally friendly ones available. GUNK is the most familiar one. Even Simple Green/Purple Power will dissolve some grease aided by the high pressure wand.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

Are you cleaning a case that you are rebuilding or just cleaning the motor in the car? A 50-50 mix of auto trans fluid and acetone will dissolve all greasy gunk and loosen any frozen nut. Brush or spray on gunk, let sit 15 min.s and scrape/wire brush off gunk.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Engine cleaner? Reply with quote

Used gunk for years....formula changed but still works good
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