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Cleaning Carbs

PostPost by: gav » Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:50 pm

Hi all

I have a pair of carbs that are very sooty and need a strip down and a good clean.
What’s the best way to attack this? An ultrasonic cleaner, a parts washer ? They aren’t for an Elan and have nooks and crannies that tools and brushes wont easily get to.
All thoughts gratefully appreciated.
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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:33 pm

Ultrasonic with a good decreaser/cleaner worked well for me. Be sure to blow out the fuel and air circuits/paths to ensure no blockage after done.
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PostPost by: Flying Banana » Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:26 pm

As you're in the UK, I would recommend "I cleanz machines" (https://www.icmhome.org.uk/). They charge £30 per card for ultrasonic cleaning in a tank far larger than you could feasibly use at home, then another £10 for vapour blasting which leaves the carbs with a satin finish and looking like new. I've used them a couple of times with great results.
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PostPost by: shaun » Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:18 pm

Vapour blasted then ultrasonic cleaned
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PostPost by: shaun » Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:21 pm

A few more pictures
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