The bible states I should use gasoline to clean a starter. I do not plan to remove the windings, but the rest of the starter is taken apart. Would kerosene work just as well?
"Electromotive" aerosol works well - dries fast !
"HF Contact Cleaner" by CRC works well. You want something that cleans up the goop but dries without a leaving a residue behind.
Any stuff made to clean electrical motors and switches should work, or maybe some good old carb cleaner.
I'd stay way from Gasoline- those fumes can linger inside the case awhile just waiting for the spark between the armature and the brushes....
gas is a good cleaner,but care is needed,when job is finished put old gas away where its safe.then use the blow gun to dry things,being carefull not to blow to hard on winding's.greg
I would shy away from anything involving alcohol, including most gasoline today. Alcohol is the one thing that dissolves shellac. And shellac used to be used as a major component of electrical insulation. It only takes a very small amount of alcohol to soften and wash away old shellac.
I have used cheap paint thinner (mineral spirits) to clean starters and generators. I use as little as needed because it does tend to leave some residue.