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Old 07-13-2009, 07:46 AM
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cleaning out used intercooler

I bought a used 7.3 intercooler and it looks like there is some dirt in it, what is a good way to clean it out? Thanks.
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Dawn dishwashing soap or simple green, either one will remove the oily residue.
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So dump some dish soap and then flush with a garden hose? Is that enough flow to flush it well? Maybe block off one end to let it fill up then open it to let it rush out.
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Soak it in a bucket of simple green or super clean.

super clean you can mix with water and still make a good solution
make sure you buy the grease type super clean, there are others that wont work.

If you use dish soap, use hot water and a bucket, and soak it.

agitate any of these every 5 or 10 mins.
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I don't think I have anything that big to I could submerg the intercooler in. I may have to rig something up plastic. Thank you the tip.
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use a garbage can
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Intercoolers are pretty wide, I don't think it would fit in a 55 gallon drum. I wonder if a radiator shop would steam clean it. That should flush out the crap shouldn't it?
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Get a plastic child's swimming pool, fill with water and simple green, when done with the intercooler then the whole family including the dog can jump in and take a bath.

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I already have my 4x18' pool up, but that might cost too much for the amount of simple green I would need.
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I was thinking the same question. I was just gonna fill it with carb cleaner and shake it around for a while. Do that probably twice, then air dry....no pun intended.
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I think I am going to call a radiator shop today and see if they can flush it. If they can they should be able to get it cleaner then I could. Rather no take a chance of haveing dirt, or whatever else may be in there, going into the engine.
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I had the local radiator shop flush it, a little pricy at $40 I think, but maybe a small price to pay to be sure no dirt gets circulated through the cylinders.
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