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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning EA-EL Coolant Bottle? i'll tell you how !!
Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:22 pm 
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Ok after many searching i have decided to tackle the cleaning of my Coolant Bottle. This will best a test of what works best and what doesn't work at all. I looked at some of the most common responses and trialed the follow methods

Water & Stones, Shake For 15 minutes
Water & Salt/Sand Shake For 10-15 Minutes
Low Grade & Medium Grade Bleech
Degreaser & Shake then add water and try some more !
Pool Hydrochloric Acid, let sit on both sides (Available At Clark Rubber or Any Good Pool Store)

First, how to take off your coolant bottle
1)Wait for the car to cool so you dont burn yourself (common sense)
2) Disconnect all 3 Hoses (One Under Bottle, Two to the left)
3) Undo all Three Bolts (two on the bottom, one on the top)
4) Remove Bottle

Then mask of all holes except for the top one

Results
Acid: First i used the hydrochloric acid and this stuff is dangerous but its only pool grade so it was ok, after sitting it on top and bottom (with cap on and all holes masked) it had done alot of work to the bottle, this stuff worked great but should not be touched with your hands or make eye contact.

Stones & Water: worked ok when i tipped all the water out some dirt surely was moved but the fun did not end as getting the rocks out is the hard part.

Salt & Water: Doesn't Work, made no difference

Degreaser: It was fun to shake but did not help anything

House Hold Bleech: Using about half the Coolant Bottle with bleech (all i had) and mixing with water followed by a good shake did make a difference, it helped remove alot of dirt but was hard to get rid of once i was done.

After all the time spent i did like the result i can see the Coolant Level now without taking the cap and i should be able to get a picture up soon (i did take shots of all of this in action, but my memory car $#!t its self. Also there are many methods out there i just used what i could.

Conclusion:
Best Method: The hydrochloric method was the most effective but the bad thing was that it burns are is a health hazard.

Most user Friendly:
The Bleech or Stones and Water would have been what i would have used if i could not get my hands on any hydrochloric acid.



G'day, Thanks for the step taken and guide.

I also purchased Hydrochloric Acid from Bunnings. It's full strenght. Do I need to water it down, if so by how much?

I'm going to soak mine for a whole 24 hours....12 hours on top and bottom.

Also, what material did you use to bung the holes to stop the acid from leaking until the process was complete.

Did you use any special gloves when handling this acid?

Cheers
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning EA-EL Coolant Bottle? i'll tell you how !!
Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:34 pm 
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different idea to using stones and the hassle associated in getting them all out, crushed ice. shake the hell out of it, it melts, it pours out.
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning EA-EL Coolant Bottle? i'll tell you how !!
Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:36 pm 
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someone try gun wash, i will try it one day, that stuff is a great cleaner
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning EA-EL Coolant Bottle? i'll tell you how !!
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:24 am 
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how much is a new bottle btw? (to those who went and bought one)
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning EA-EL Coolant Bottle? i'll tell you how !!
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:18 am 
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Mar55s wrote:
how much is a new bottle btw? (to those who went and bought one)


Yep, I can tell you a new one without the sensor is about $80.00

One with a sensor is about $160.00 .

These are the prices from Ford Beenleigh (Qld)

I also brought a new one the other day in case the one from the wreckers is suss.
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning EA-EL Coolant Bottle? i'll tell you how !!
Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:06 am 
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around $60 will get a new coolant bottle from ebay .. :)
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning EA-EL Coolant Bottle? i'll tell you how !!
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:38 pm 
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+1 to the rice and metho. Mine had a crack around one of the top hoses, picked up a slightly cleaner one from the wreckers, soaked it for a week with washing powder and then a bit of sand rice and metho cleaned it up a treat.
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