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Old 04-21-2013, 08:28 PM   #7366
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Since my engine is out and waiting on the head, I cleaned the carburetors. Does anybody know exactly what the green crystalline stuff is?
Different carb, same stuff. Especially stuck to the floats. I know it is ethanol related but what is it?

Snot, crud. You chose. Time for the Pinesol soak.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:30 AM   #7367
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Not necessarily ethanol related, I saw the same green crud many times even before ethanol fuel. I think the lack of fuel preservatives anymore causes that to happen a lot faster than in the past. Carbs used to winter over pretty well in the good old days.

Todays fuel deteriorates in 3 months time according to my fuel distributors. I have noticed on my bike that if I don't start it in a week or so due to inclement weather it is harder to start, 2 kicks or more. If ridden daily one kick is the rule.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:24 AM   #7368
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Since my engine is out and waiting on the head, I cleaned the carburetors. Does anybody know exactly what the green crystalline stuff is?
That green color comes from seafoam. The fuel system treatment of the idiot.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:49 PM   #7369
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That green color comes from seafoam. The fuel system treatment of the idiot.
No seafoam went into these. It does clean off good with WD40 and a bit of scrubbing. It definitely clings to brass and the floats more than the bowl.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:58 PM   #7370
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That green color comes from seafoam. The fuel system treatment of the idiot.
Seafoam, Tune up in a can, Amsoil and others. All the same thing pretty much, hope in a can, but no substitute for the real thing.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:34 PM   #7371
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No seafoam went into these. It does clean off good with WD40 and a bit of scrubbing. It definitely clings to brass and the floats more than the bowl.
A little soak in lemon juice diluted with a bit of water can help clean up the brass pieces. Boiling them in that solution works well if they're really nasty. Warning for this trick is that the lemon juice is acidic so it will start breaking down the brass itself if left too long. If leaving soak cold 30 min or an hour works decent. If boiling only a few minutes.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:57 PM   #7372
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Seafoam, Tune up in a can, Amsoil and others. All the same thing pretty much, hope in a can, but no substitute for the real thing.
Was once at a large supply store in a trashy rural town. Went to buy some carb cleaner and found that they had almost a hundred cans of that stuff on the shelf, half of it gone. Was not surprised.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:13 AM   #7373
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one of the worst hope in a can items ever made is A/C freon with leak sealer. Sells very well at the local auto parts stores. If we have any suspicion that a car has any sealant in it, we refuse to work on it since it can plug up our freon recycler.

So you not only fail to fix your A/C, you also render it untouchable by anyone that can.

Fancy labels and idiot kids behind the counter can be detrimental.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:40 AM   #7374
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one of the worst hope in a can items ever made is A/C freon with leak sealer. Sells very well at the local auto parts stores. If we have any suspicion that a car has any sealant in it, we refuse to work on it since it can plug up our freon recycler.

So you not only fail to fix your A/C, you also render it untouchable by anyone that can.

Fancy labels and idiot kids behind the counter can be detrimental.
Once did a head gasket job on an old Chrysler minivan for a customer who was very tight on money. Single Mom, Dad gave her the van so she could get her kids around. Got the job done, van ran great, handed it over to the customer in the middle of a ripe Wisconsin January. The next day we get a call saying the heat doesn't work. We get the van back in, run it, fan is blowing, but when we felt the lower heater hose it was stone cold. Clogged heater core. (Glad I didn't have to make the phone call) Then they pay us to do the heater core job, which for those who don't know is just about as expensive as a head gasket job, and when we get the core out we find that the inlet is plugged with little jelly like beads. Turns out it was a stop leak product that the father admitted to have previously poured into the coolant system, thus clogging the heater core himself. We still felt pretty bad for them.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #7375
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Once did a head gasket job on an old Chrysler minivan for a customer who was very tight on money. Single Mom, Dad gave her the van so she could get her kids around. Got the job done, van ran great, handed it over to the customer in the middle of a ripe Wisconsin January. The next day we get a call saying the heat doesn't work. We get the van back in, run it, fan is blowing, but when we felt the lower heater hose it was stone cold. Clogged heater core. (Glad I didn't have to make the phone call) Then they pay us to do the heater core job, which for those who don't know is just about as expensive as a head gasket job, and when we get the core out we find that the inlet is plugged with little jelly like beads. Turns out it was a stop leak product that the father admitted to have previously poured into the coolant system, thus clogging the heater core himself. We still felt pretty bad for them.
Hahaha. I replaced a heater core for a college professor. He gave me a cherry pie in payment.
Air/oil cooled XL600's don't have those problems. You can actually sit around a running bike in the winter to keep warm like a campfire!
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Heater cores can be fun. When selling a heater core job and someone asks why it is so expensive I reply. "When they built the car they started with the heater core in the center of a room and added everything else around it." They get the idea then.

I had a guy plug a radiator on a rabbit once with aluma-seal, no flow at all. You could pull off the bottom hose and the radiator stayed full.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:19 PM   #7377
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I ordered the swing arm bearing rebuild kit. I might as well do it while the engine is out. I imagine it is going to be a heck of a mess in there with all that grease. Probably enough grease to lube TWO gut wagons. Man I hate old grease. It gets everywhere.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:35 PM   #7378
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Good fucking luck getting the old collars out of the swing arm.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:43 PM   #7379
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I would rather find a swing arm full of old grease rather than no grease !!
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:10 PM   #7380
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Heater cores can be fun. When selling a heater core job and someone asks why it is so expensive I reply. "When they built the car they started with the heater core in the center of a room and added everything else around it." They get the idea then.

I had a guy plug a radiator on a rabbit once with aluma-seal, no flow at all. You could pull off the bottom hose and the radiator stayed full.
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