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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:21 am 
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anyone got any tips? ... mine's looking a bit grotty and i can't see the water level, like most all of them i bet, new one costs well over $100 which is a bit expensive for a plastic bottle i reckon, so cleaning the old one is the go :(

have got to do a cooling system flush and radiator rod out soon so nows the time to do it

was thinking of a bit of HCL rinsed around inside it maybe, tho perhaps caustic might be better for cleaning, my other bright idea was bleach which cleans most anything

anyone got any solutions that have worked for them?
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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:26 am 
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CLR clear stuff?

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:33 am 
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umm basically
bi carb soda and water
wash and rinse real well!

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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:59 am 
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Disco Frank wrote:

best bet is a new 1


yeah i know, but unless i can get one for $50 absolute max, i'm going to be cleaning my old one :lol:
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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:20 am 
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Like dddp, i would like to clean the expansion tank when i flush the radiator and block after replacing my water pump.

A few things have been mentioned in this post like HCL (don't know what it is as i have never heard of it), bicarb n water, and good 'ol CLR. In the past i have also heard coke (the drink that is) is good at cleaning such things.

Who has tried these and what was the result - do any of them work well ?

My experiance with those cans of radiator flush fluid is that they are crap and don't work for baked on crud as you get on a not so well maintained car. If they did, the expansion tank would also come up clean !

So can any of the above items also be used to clean the block and inside of the hoses by running them in the water before flushing ?

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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:35 am 
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Like dddp, i would like to clean the expansion tank when i flush the radiator and block after replacing my water pump.

A few things have been mentioned in this post like HCL (don't know what it is as i have never heard of it), bicarb n water, and good 'ol CLR. In the past i have also heard coke (the drink that is) is good at cleaning such things.

Who has tried these and what was the result - do any of them work well ?

My experiance with those cans of radiator flush fluid is that they are crap and don't work for baked on crud as you get on a not so well maintained car. If they did, the expansion tank would also come up clean !

So can any of the above items also be used to clean the block and inside of the hoses by running them in the water before flushing ?

Cheers.


HCL= hydrochrolic acid
Caustic, keep it away from aluminium, good for cleaning tho, make sure you don't get any of either one of these two on your skin or in your eyes when you're using the stuff

i don't think you can clean your block out at home like they can professionally, you'd need an adaptor to hook up an air compressor to get some air into the flushing water to try getting the crud out
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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:07 am 
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i wouldnt reccomend using anything harsh to clean the plastic tank..... corrosives, solvents, etc can weaken the structure of the plastic, which will mean you'll be replacing the tank sooner rather than later if it bulges or blows out

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:16 am 
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Even after cleaning it the plastic will still be foggy, they go this way after a few years. The only way to get them to look new is to buy a new one. If you just want to get it clean then first remove it from the car and flush it out with C.L.R and then rinse out throughly. Or you could try a mild detergent.
I wouldn't be using something like HCL or caustic soda as the chance of having some remain in the tank afterwards is to great.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:58 am 
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You could ask waggin... he was pretty chuffed with his efforts during the conversion of the 5.0 into the EB... Looked pretty schmick.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 12:51 pm 
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even a new one looks old after about 8 months...

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 12:57 pm 
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Fill it up with some sand and water. Shake heavily for several minutes. Rince out.

Clean tank :D
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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:38 pm 
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You could ask waggin... he was pretty chuffed with his efforts during the conversion of the 5.0 into the EB... Looked pretty schmick.


asked him, he got a new one ... no wonder it "Looked pretty schmick"

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Haha!! :lol: Cheat!!! :twisted:

 

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Try Omo and a good shake. Works a treat....

No seriously it does. 8-)
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Try Omo and a good shake. Works a treat....

No seriously it does. 8-)


Put it in the washing machine as well? :lol:

 

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