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Question: Is the Home Depot Odorless Mineral Spirits acceptable for cleaning transmissions (especially the valve body?)

I think the brand name is Klean-Strip.

If not, is there a brand you guys recommend?

Personally, I think Varsol should be great but I'm almost certain no big box stores carry it.

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I would use it. I also have an aerosol type sprayer, that when I am doing a "final rinse" on critical parts, I use, with clean, out of the can mineral spirits.
Blow the parts off with clean dry compressed air, and then let them sit until completely dry, usually overnight.

Even after all that, after getting the transmission back in the car, and running, I would change the fluid again..
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I would use it. I also have an aerosol type sprayer, that when I am doing a "final rinse" on critical parts, I use, with clean, out of the can mineral spirits.
Blow the parts off with clean dry compressed air, and then let them sit until completely dry, usually overnight.

Even after all that, after getting the transmission back in the car, and running, I would change the fluid again..
That was quick lol. It's my 1st time here so thanks for responding.

I'm gonna soak my valve body in mineral spirits.... inside of a disposable aluminum baking pan (without the turkey in it.)

Then I'll use a turkey baster for flushing out the channels.

I'll dry them up overnight. Afterwards, I'll soak them in transmission fluid in another pan and make good use of another turkey baster. Hopefully, that will be fine.

Wow. You use an aerosol sprayer? You must have one of those really dry compressors. I would get one but they're really expensive.
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I would use it. I also have an aerosol type sprayer, that when I am doing a "final rinse" on critical parts, I use, with clean, out of the can mineral spirits.
Blow the parts off with clean dry compressed air, and then let them sit until completely dry, usually overnight.

Even after all that, after getting the transmission back in the car, and running, I would change the fluid again..
changing the fluid isnt necassary. either with varsol or mineral spirits. both will work fine for cleaning parts as its primarily what we use in the shop. what little residual you would have after blowing the parts off would not harm the trans.
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