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Old 03-09-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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Complete carb restoration.

Is it safe to simply submerge the entire carburetor into a tank of carb cleaner or is it going to ruin the floats and whatever gaskets present?
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i know people that have done that.. i think it would probably take a long time for carb cleaner to break down any gasket material unless maybe it's a very old carb. I would also imagine that the float would be just fine.

However if your wanting to properly clean your carb i would recommend taking it completely apart and taking out the jets cleaning out all of the jets and the holes they go into.. You can let the stuff set in a carb cleaner for a bit to help break loose all that gunk and debris if any. You should be able to get a re-build kit with new gaskets and seals and o-rings which may not hurt depending on the condition of everything.
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Yes, I'm planning to do that. It's a pretty old carb from a 1973 Triumph Spitfire, and the last time it ran was 1985. I just do not want to damage anything.
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anything that could be damaged already is because they are so old, soak it and then do a complete rebuild.
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usually i would strip down and remove all rubber parts and as much plastic as possible before immersing in solvent.
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It wont hurt anything but it wont clean out anything in all the little passageways either. If you could 'rebuild' a carb by dunking it then everyone would do it.
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It wont hurt anything but it wont clean out anything in all the little passageways either. If you could 'rebuild' a carb by dunking it then everyone would do it.
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