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Old 03-13-2003, 09:31 AM
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DOES ANYONE KNOW THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN AROUND PISTONS? I JUST TOOK OFF HEADS TO BE RE SURFACED AND HAVE A LOT OF CRUD AROUND CYLINDERS AND WANT TO KNOW THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN WITHOUT GETTING CRUD IN CYLINDER HEADS. ANY SUGGESTIONS???

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Old 03-13-2003, 09:40 AM
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you mean get crud in the cylinder bores? rotate the engine until each piston is slightly down in the bore and stuff the cylinder with a rag.
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Yeah... doublevision sounds about right on that one.

I have stuffed oil saturated paper towels in the bores before so that no crud would get into the cylinders. If you cant take the engine out then just do that, that way when you pull the wad of towel out the crud comes with it, and the oil keeps the bores from rusting out if you have to leave it open over night.
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make sure you dont get alot of crud in your valleys too.
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Oil's good, but I like to use transmission fluid, because of its detergent action. You'll notice if you clean a cylinder bore with engine oil as clean as you can get it, and you then follow that up with clean rags with tranny fuid, the tranny fluid picks up a lot more dirt from the metal.

And after you think you've got everything clean, turn the crank over in small increments to wipe out the stuff that might've fallen between the piston and bore.
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Twist up some teflon tape and tuck it into the crevice between the piston and the bore with a plastic spoon or other soft plastic instrument. Leave a section sticking out so...

when your done you can just pull it out.
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Mothers vaccum with that skinny tip thing too!!!
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blow it out with the air gun??? :p
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