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Old 04-16-2003, 10:32 AM   #1
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Hi! What's a good substitue for motor cleaner? My local hobby shop ran out and they don't have any arriving anytime soon. Maybe there's a substitue available in a hardware or auto parts store? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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You can Auto Brake cleaner
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brake and carb cleaner are similar but much more harsh. Be careful with it as that stuff melts lots of plastics.
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Old 04-16-2003, 11:47 AM   #4
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Denatured Alcohol works well too.
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brake cleaner is methylated spirits (well in the UK and most of euorpe anyway).

engine degreaser is what motor cleaner is with some lubricants added, if you mix 3 parts degreaser with 1 part wd40, you've got motor spray.

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General Motors Vehicle Care brake parts cleaner works very well although I'm not sure if it's available all over. its not as strong as say STP brake cleaner or gunk brake cleaner which will eat most plastics in no time. this stuff is pretty tame but does a good job with cleaning. just remember to relubricate bushings/bearings after you're done
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I use an electronic cleaner. It evaporates very quickly and is very cold but it works great
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If you just want somthing to use Napa sells electric motor cleaner. So do most other auto parts stores. I use denatured alcohol in a refillable spray can I found at Harbor Freight Tools. It works great and leaves behind no residue. Never spray any sort of lubricant into your motor you want it clean not flypaper for track debris.
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Speedie, do you know where I can order the spray can online? And by the way, does it give strong enough pressure? Thanks.
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Isn't denatured alcohol rough on anodized parts??
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maybe I'm off topic...

how can we make our stockers run faster????
I saw a guy putting a ceramic grease on the shaft of the arm instead of using a bushing oil... his stock run fast..

what do you guys think?
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if the parts don't have proper anodizing on them then it will pull the coating off but other than that they should be okay.

the problem with bushing oil is at high rpm the hydrostatic forces push the oil out, when the motor goes back to zero rpm the capillary action pulls the oil back in. any sort of grease is very poor at low rpm mainly cos its not runny enough but it won't escape like an oil at high rpm.

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