Radiator cleaning solution?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: Radiator cleaning solution?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tyrone Thomas - Topeka KS on Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 06:11 pm:

Is there a rust/grease cleaning solution a radiator can soak in while building car?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Monday, August 08, 2016 - 07:42 am:

Vinegar works well at cleaning radiators. It won't make it new.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Zibell, Huntsville, AL on Monday, August 08, 2016 - 08:57 am:

Don't leave any cleaning solution in too long. It could cause damage to the radiator.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Monday, August 08, 2016 - 09:42 am:

Fill it with cheap vinegar. Don't leave it more than a day. As Royce says, clean doesn't mean new. You may still end up with a clean radiator that doesn't work.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Les Schubert on Monday, August 08, 2016 - 10:36 am:

Tyrone
If you have grease (from say a water pump) the vinegar won't touch it. A good start solvent is needed. Nothing beats lacquer thinner for dissolving most "mystery " substance. Cheap "gun wash" from the paint supply store maybe. Another option is CLR.
I do the vinegar maybe in two stages. One day with fresh vinegar. Empty it. Rinse well. Examine inside with a bright light. If there is still "lime build up" then strain the used vinegar and use it for a second day. It is weaker,so not to agressive. Do the de-greasing first.


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