The Pine Sol Degreaser Thread

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Hondo, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. husky390

    husky390 Been here awhile

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    Well, I put everything back together last night, installed the carbs on the bike and it fired right up. But, I have a leak on the "fuel rail" so I'll be pulling them off the bike and replacing all of the o-rings between the carbs since I'm going to have to separate them. I'm not sure if the Pine-Sol caused this or if it's because the o-ring dried out and now leaks under pressure. Before the tear down, that carb was not receiving gas.


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  2. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    PineSol generally does not affect gaskets/rubber bits - that's why it's so popular (as well as cleaning real well). RE: carb needles - I know some air-cooled in-line 4s needed richer mixtures for the center 2 cylinders due to heat. Might want to look at the parts breakdown to see if there is a difference in part #s.
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  3. robSTv

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    Dang, I guess I should fully read threads before getting excited...

    Had some Pine-Sol on the shelf, but only enough for 1 carb internals, so off to Sam's to get a 2 pack of 100 oz each.

    After soaking overnight, guess which one was the old Pine-Sol. (they all looked the same when poured)

    EDIT post 6 hours later: Despite the seemingly lack of chemical cleaning action in the new Pine-Sol, it did do a decent job of cleaning the carbs. Some parts, were discolored more, such as jets turning burnt orange, which did not happen with original old Pine-Sol. After only soaking for about 18 hours, a lot of junk was removed and suspended in the liquid from what I thought were fairly clean carbs. Now, I cannot say old is better than new from this short cleaning.

    Photo is ingredients of older Pine-Sol


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  4. husky390

    husky390 Been here awhile

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    It's alive and running great.


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  5. fast1075

    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    I just ran across this thread. Since the EPA decided to ban real hairy chested carb soak several years ago, mandated fairy fart chemicals, I have been using Pine Sol for carb cleaning for some time. Never had damage to rubber or plastic bits. I used it on a set of 250 Ninja carbs that had had every cleaning trick known to man or beast. The air bleed and pilot passages were plugged. I soaked the parts in Pine Sol for two days and blew everything out with high pressure air and brake cleaner. It worked perfectly. I also used it on a set of 650 Yamaha carbs that looked like tar on the insides. Took 3 soaks to get them clean, but they worked perfectly afterwards.

    One thing to remember is use REGULAR Pine Sol, not scented or any other variety. There is a difference in the chemistry. Adding 25% or so water makes it work the best, at least on my experience. As a backup, I still have a gallon bucket of Pre-EPA Berrymans cleaner. Horriblr, nasty stuff that will dissolve plastic and rubber, but will make brass like new. Haven't used any of it for personal use in years, since I use exclusively Non-ethanol fuel in my scooter and bike. Anyway, Pine Sol is the real deal. It works.
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  6. ben2go

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    DonM Do-dah Do-dah Supporter

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    TSP will eat aluminum alloys so keep an eye out. This is especially true if used hot. Can’t use an aluminum pan for long, stainless steel is good.
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    Yeah, I knew about that. A few quick dunks with a squirt of 175psi air through the orifices between dunks.
  9. jfman

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    Here is my KLR petock (to give you an idea of how the inside of my the tank is)

    I plan to fill the tank with pinesol and let it soak for a week or so.

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