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Old 02-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default What is THE best degreaser?

I need to degrease the front end of my 99 250 7.3 to help find an oil leak. Some is fresh, some is caked on real good. I've used Simple Green, and Purple Power, and it took some of the fresh stuff off, but didn't touch the old stuff.

I have some engine bright that I'm going to try, but wanted to see if anyone had any better suggestions first.


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Old 02-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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We use Black Max at our automotive shop. It's available from O'Reillys.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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lacquer thinner!
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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Oil eater at Costco, beats simple green, engine bright, purple power... But can't touch a true solvent like white gas
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Hot water pressure washer. 180 degree water with some pressure melts it like butter.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:16 PM   #6
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Hot water pressure washer. 180 degree water with some pressure melts it like butter.
Yeah, I've used them before and they do work great, but I'd don't have access to one anymore which is why I am looking for something I can buy and spray on.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:19 PM   #7
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Yeah, I've used them before and they do work great, but I'd don't have access to one anymore which is why I am looking for something I can buy and spray on.
a handfull of quarters and a self serve car wash

dont forget your raincoat, you'll probably get wet


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Old 02-28-2012, 10:22 PM   #8
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High pressure steam or superheated water.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:01 PM   #9
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Zep Industrial Purple degreaser
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:26 PM   #10
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:29 PM   #11
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http://www.challengercleaner.com/
This stuff is awesome, used it on some florescent lights, that were all blackish colored
behind the bulbs, cleaned them up better than anything else I tried, including
lacquer thinner. Saved me from repainting them.
This is the first water-based degreaser that I have seen that beats the oil based ones.
Gosh, this is starting to sound like a commercial. It is good stuff though.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:29 PM   #12
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ZEP PUNCH Engine Degreaser

A highly concentrated, heavy-duty, solvent-based, emulsifying engine degreaser. Quickly dissolves grease, oil, dirt and grime; flushes away with water.
Fantastic stuff

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Old 02-28-2012, 11:33 PM   #13
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a handfull of quarters and a self serve car wash

dont forget your raincoat, you'll probably get wet


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Old 02-28-2012, 11:33 PM   #14
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Some diesel fuel in a coffie can and a paint brush
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:53 AM   #15
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I have used both Oil Eaters and oven cleaner, both with great results
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:57 AM   #16
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #17
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your wife, if you have one
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:12 AM   #18
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Oven cleaner at the car wash.

Scrape off as much of the old crap as you can with a putty knife first.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:16 AM   #19
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will oven cleaner hurt the rubber or electrical components?
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:04 AM   #20
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in addition, how do you keep all the goop that comes off with a power wash or solvent from just moving to your nice floor or driveway pavement?
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