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Old 02-23-2011, 07:52 PM
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Best engine degreaser

What is best engine degreaser. i want to degrease my engine come spring.

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Lots of stuff works, but I like Simple Green. Its every "green" and it works good and smells good.
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Dollar store oven cleaner works good- as long as you don't care about the paint. Don't use on Al.

NAPA sells an alkaline cleaner called 'Black Max' or 'Black Jack' cleaner by the gallon. Diluted 1 oz/quart of water, it's stronger than 409 and costs less than a dime a quart. Used undiluted, this stuff will also eat paint. And skin. Also no Al, follow the cautions on the labels.
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I've had good luck with a product called OrangeSol, it's considered a "green" product also.
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CRC Engine Degreaser is the best that I have used.
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Anyone remember the concentrated 'GUNK' degreaser? Had methylene chloride, etc. Worked great, but not "green". At all. More like black.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:43 PM
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What is green about some of these degreasers? Is it the way they are manufactured? Or is it that they are biodegradable/non-toxic? It seems to me that it wouldn't matter whether or not you used a green degreaser or not since the gunk they are designed to remove can be very toxic.
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I used to work at a manufacturing company, and in the late 1970's they had a trichloroethane vapor tank, in the floor. The cleaning solution was heated, and midway up in the tank was a condensing coil, and you could see a vapor in the tank at that level.
One Saturday, I hauled greasy VW split cases and lowered them into the tank.
In about three minutes, the case was clean. Hoisted it up out of the tank, and the dirt on top of the case, was dust that could be just blown off.

Now, I try to pressure was the engine first. I have used simple green, oven cleaner, mineral spirits, Tide laundry detergent, sometimes even old gasoline. sometines even stiff nylon brushes, and elbow grease. I also use a solution of Dawn dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle, diluted with water.
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simple green works wonders full strength with on the "foam" setting you may not get every thing on the first shot but after 3 or so washes it will work good as new. i use it on my a arms and never touched it with a bristle brush yet and they look new? also you can use that stuff for everything else you want washed up form laundry to your hands
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we use "purple power" its a generic version of "castrol super clean"
it will make shinny alum dull
the other really good one is oven cleaner, if what you are working on is really bad
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Picked up a half gallon of "Duke" all pupose concentrated degrease this summer in the home depot discount isle, it was 7 bucks. Mix it with H2O to suit the job at hand, stronger ratios for engines, lighter for decks, siding water ever, good stuff and relatively safe, labeled as "biodegradable".

This stuff along with a good pressure washer and you are the John Wayne of clean.
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Gunk has not been worth a flip for a number of years now.

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Here is a review I did on my favorite "Super Clean". Click here

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hot water wash

My old pressure washer had a diesel fuled heater, brought the water up to 200 degrees, the hot water really made a difference. spray the degreaser with a weed sprayer . let it soak then the hot water pressure really took the junk off. The after the pressure washer heater and hot rated hoses to upgrade my 3500 psi washer cost almost as much as a new hot washer.
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It seems to me that it wouldn't matter whether or not you used a green degreaser or not since the gunk they are designed to remove can be very toxic.
Very good point, IMO!

I use whatever is needed, strength-wise, to do the job at hand. If that means full strength driveway cleaner (a cheap way of getting strong alkaline cleaner w/o perfumes and colors added, BTW) or the previously-mentioned "Black Maxx" cleaner, then so be it.

Back in the olden days at the 'yard we used a steam jenny w/a lye-based cleaner. It would degrease anything. Big old machine, but it rocked.

The alkaline cleaners are made non toxic by dilution, and that happens when it's rinsed off. Most of the grease can be caught w/dampened cardboard, which can be disposed of properly. But w/any of it, there's going to be some amount of 'pollution' involved- unless (possibly) it's done at the car wash; the water there gets cleaned and recycled. At what point they have to toss it, I don't know, but it would be treated at least.

In FL, I lived in an area w/orange groves and packing plants. The plant made an orange oil-based cleaner that was nothing short of great!! I got it from an employee who said they had 55 gallon drums of the stuff. They didn't sell it, at least not in the undiluted form unless it was to a manufacturer.

The problem was, it was TOO strong unless diluted. It would peel paint off of a car fender better than most paint removers. Grease would actually bubble and froth as this stuff reacted w/it. Took it down to the bare metal to the point that cast iron would form rust immediately, even before you could blow it dry.

EDIT- Back in the 'yard, we used a steam jenny. You could add a lye-based cleaner to it if needed, but it could do a good job of degreasing w/water alone.
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