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Old 08-28-2007, 03:23 PM
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Brake parts cleaner

I need to clean some gunk out of a distribution valve and I started to spray the inside of the housing and the various parts with brake parts cleaner but reading the label first I find it says for brake shoes, calipers, cylinders and associated hardware but then it goes on to say DO NOT use on painted surfaces, plastics or RUBBER BRAKE PARTS! Since parts are not available for this thing I will need to reuse the rubber parts which are not worn but are coated with a slimy gunk. What should these things be cleaned with? Mineral spirits and other solvents are supposed to be a real no-no for rubber brake parts so what is safe? I looked at some different brands of cleaner and they all say essentially the same thing.

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Old 08-28-2007, 04:22 PM
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Simple green takes longer but works ok, usually.
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I had wondered about Simple Green or some other strong detergent since that should not affect rubber, or at least what ever the material "rubber" brake parts are made from but I was not sure. I do know that contact with petroleum solvents will cause this stuff to swell and become very soft so I was afraid to use something like engine cleaner which I think is mostly Kerosene or the brake cleaner after reading the label. I tried some electric contact cleaner which is safe for rubber/plastics but it also was safe for the crud, did'nt do anything to it! So far I managed to clean the O-rings and one seal with clean brake fluid and a soft brush but that will not help for the inside of this thing so I think I will soak some junk seals out of an old wheel cylinder in Simple Green and see what happens.
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The valve cannot be disassembled? You can buy seal kits for some. What is it off of?
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'77 Granada, I would like to find a seal kit for this thing as I think I have already ruined the seals in this one. I screwed up somewhere, guess it must have been the cleaner I used because the O-rings have now swelled to near twice their size so I will need either seals or a new valve.
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