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Old 10-17-2013, 11:31 PM
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Pinesol really does clean carburetors AMAZINGLY! (PICS INSIDE!)

I read on a motorcycle forum that some people use pine-sol to clean their carbs so I gave it a shot. I soaked the carburetors in pine sol topped off with water overnight and then brushed over with a toothbrush. Then I rinsed them off with the hose, dunked in some diesel fuel to keep the corosion off, drained for a bit then wiped clean with a rag.

CARB 1 - BEFORE



Carb 1 - AFTER







CARB 2 - BEFORE







CARB 2 - AFTER






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Old 10-17-2013, 11:33 PM
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would you put a good carb in pinesol?
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I would like to see the bottom "after" picture,actually I can't see where Pine-Sol could hurt as a pre-clean prior to installing a kit.Every once in a while you hear of people using caustics like oven cleaner on dirty Carbs,that is not a good idea with aluminum parts.
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Now your carb smells like a bathroom.
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i just reread this , you put the whole carb in a bucket of pine sol & water ?
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not a .45

NOPE,I don't have a .45 on my workbench,but I have a.38 and a .380 VERY close by when Im working on my cars.........WE (not me) (my neighbors) 9 of them,had their houses burgularized, while on vacation,,,
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Long time ago I ran across a thread on cleaning motorcycle parts that said an overnite dunk in warmed anti freeze did a superb cleaning job. I tried it with some well gunked up R/C aircraft engines and was flabergasted at the results. Worked well beyond my expectations.

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Pine cleaner does work well as a carb cleaner. I tried it back during the summer on a friend's riding lawn mower that was plugged up badly from old gas. I bought a gallon jug at the dollar store just to see if it really worked. I soaked it in the full strength bargin brand pine cleaner over night.
The next day I washed it with soap and water and brushed everything with a small brass wire brush and blew out all the passages.
When I put it back together it ran like it had a new carb on it. It saved him the cost of a new carb which was going to be close to $200.00.
I also used it on an old 22 cal. blank pistol that I found in a big rat's nest in the trunk of an old coupe I recently bought. The hammer and trigger was stuck and the cylinder wouldn't turn. I let it soak for about a week and then washed it off and blew it out real good. It still had three blanks in it and they even fired after it dried out good.
It shook me up a little when it did fire, but I'm glad that I knew it was a blank pistol or I probably would have had to change my clothes.
It's cheap and works as good as anything I've bought to clean carbs in a long time and does not destroy the finish like I would have thought it would.
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so you keep the pistol on the bench for home defense? Either put the pistol on your side or buy a shotgun. Would you take a pistol to a fight to save your life?
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I've used Pine-Sol for carb cleaner as well - works WAY better than any of the so called carb-cleaner junk we can get now. Does not have any effects on rubber parts, brass, aluminum or steel

Like 41'srfun did - my first try try on a riding mower - my 20 HP Craftsman. It had begun to develop a very bad "Detroit roll" and would only run at all if I ran it at about half choke.

Pulled it off, shook the gas out and dropped it straight into a tub of straight pine-sol. Next day, I hosed it off with water, blew it out, put it back on the mower and now it purrs like a kitten.

Also worked on an elderly Q-jet, and a couple of Holleys

We must have all read the same bike thread!
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LOL AT THE 1911!!!

The pinesol can take off a zinc or dichromite finish so heads up!!! In my case I didn't care as they were junk carbs and now I will sell them for $50 instead of $20

If the finish on your carb is good still then I would just use a can of carb cleaner in a tub. If it looks like these wrecks then who cares! Just dip it in some diesel after or rub some oil on it and run it!
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