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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:07 pm 
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Its full of rust and corrosion and other goodies that I'd rather not be in there so I pulled it off to try clean it today.

I've managed to get it half clean by using the following methods -

Napisan and Domestos mixed up strongly in there, sit for 15 mins then rinse and repeat - that removed about half.

Filled it with pebbles from a fish tank, more Napisan and water then shook like crazy till by arms got sore. Rinsed and removed all pebbles from tank.

That helped remove another 20% or so of the crud.

Now i'm stuck trying to get it even cleaner. I've tried drano, radiator flush, various bleaches and detergents and nothing will clean the bastard.

Anyone know any other tricks?
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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:10 pm 
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have you tried the dishwasher,
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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:11 pm 
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thats abput all you can do i have bicarb soda works well

failing that get a good one from a wrecker!

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:18 pm 
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yer, thats abou it buddy - sounds like itd be a fair bit better by now anyway..
I plan on getting a brand new one soon, mine is cleanable but i just want new, the one on my sportsman is in great nik, and its the orig. one too! :?

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:26 pm 
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I've heard of people using Napisan to clean them but I use caustic soda mixed with hot water.....Just one tea spoon of caustic soda with a container of hot water, Mix until granules dissolve then pour it in. But don't leave it in for too long and try not to breath in the fumes.

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:48 pm 
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experiment and if u can get it clean let us know lol
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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 7:17 pm 
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Just used napisan on mine, left it sitting in over night though ..

ALso, giving it lots of hard shakes...

hard to get the bloody things clean ..
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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 8:18 pm 
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About $100 for a new one, I've seen BA or AU ones on EF/ELs so I hope they fit.. I'll be getting one next coolant change. :wink:

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 8:31 pm 
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Is the EL/BA one interchangeable?
Altho the EL one is nice when brand new, looks good!

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 8:33 pm 
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arent they the same?
ef - au?

ill be changing mine hopefully tomorrow coincidently

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 8:34 pm 
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can't remember ... think they are the same ..
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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:08 pm 
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Yer AU is the same as EF/EL from memory, but BA is different..

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:13 pm 
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i cant remember if they interchange but i know they have a different part number. EF one being the same from EB - EL 91da at the start of the part number the AU one has WR2A which is a AU1 part number.
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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:23 pm 
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I think the best way make them look new again, is to buy a new one.
I've seen one painted Black to match the engine bay on a car at a show and f**k IT LOOKED s**t.
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Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:37 pm 
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FLYING XR8 wrote:
I think the best way make them look new again, is to buy a new one.
I've seen one painted Black to match the engine bay on a car at a show and f**k IT LOOKED s**t.

Haha, agreed 100%, i too dislike (a lot) the look of the tanks being painted, talk about a cheap solution to a f**k coolant res.
lol, ill go a new one soon too i think, when i spray up the engine bay nicely.. 8)

 

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