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Posted: 10/27/2010 6:08:35 PM EDT
Best way without taking it apart?
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:09:51 PM EDT
Sea Foam. Available at any auto parts store
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:11:01 PM EDT
Take it apart.

What kind of carb?
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:11:17 PM EDT
It all depends what kind of engine it is attached to and what the engine is used for.
Auto, lawnmower, chain saw,...
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:12:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mordwyn:
Sea Foam. Available at any auto parts store



This. Works great for carbs.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:12:45 PM EDT
Depends on how bad it is. Techron fuel additive is good for cutting light varnish.

If the bowl is full of the crud, though, you're gonna have to crack it open. I was into one just last week so bad the float wouldn't move - cracking it open, it looked like someone had packed it with German Chocolate cake icing. There was no flushing that, it had to be scooped out.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:13:24 PM EDT
Small Robin generator. I fucked up and left it with gas in it. For years. It's gummed up pretty good.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:16:38 PM EDT
It needs to be removed and cleaned with carb cleaner and if there are any small passages you will need to run a wire thru them. Air will not work for cleaning it out. You may even need to soak it over night or a few days to loosen it up if it is rock hard.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:17:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By deadelk:
Small Robin generator. I fucked up and left it with gas in it. For years. It's gummed up pretty good.


Easier to take it apart. take all the rubber and plastic pieces out of it and toss it into paint remover [liquid, not gel] use a soft brush after about 10 minutes and a small pin for any small holes. rinse in HOT water, take outdoors and hose down with carb cleaner making sure all jets and holes are clear. put back together, enjoy.

You can just try carb cleaner first of you want but I have cleaned out some seriously gummed up carbs that were not replaceable using the paint remover method. You MUST take off ALL rubber and plastic parts first.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:23:27 PM EDT
SeaFoam

or

Amsoil PowerFoam


Both of these will get the job done.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:24:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/27/2010 6:25:24 PM EDT by Paps-Zapf]
When I moved to Texas in late 2007 I left a 2006 Suzuki Eiger in storage with Sta-bil treated gasoline.

I probably won't be able to move it to Texas until next summer. I'll find out how well the Sta-bil worked and hope Sea Foam can fix it if there are issues. I really don't want to pull the carb!

Oh well!! It's not like I really had any other option!
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:33:08 PM EDT
It certainly can't be too complex. Take it apart, 2+2 and whatever picks and probes are needed. Maybe you can find someone with a bucket of the old fashion carb cleaner you could soak it in for 20 minutes or so.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:38:18 PM EDT
Take it apart, small carbs arent too complicated.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:39:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:43:10 PM EDT
Berrymans B12 chemtool FTW!
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:48:44 PM EDT
It's pretty easy to clean them.

If you're squeamish about disassembly, you can always remove the carb and put it in a bucket of gasoline for a while. The fresh gas may be enough to break down the varnish and crud. It's not as effective as giving it a true cleaning, but it can be enough to get it working.

Just make sure you let it dry out before screwing around with it!
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:54:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MNMoose:
It needs to be removed and cleaned with carb cleaner and if there are any small passages you will need to run a wire thru them. Air will not work for cleaning it out. You may even need to soak it over night or a few days to loosen it up if it is rock hard.


+1
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:58:32 PM EDT


It's already been said, take it apart and do it right the first time.

You might need some new gaskets, but it will be worth it.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 7:02:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/27/2010 7:02:39 PM EDT by mjcOH1]
Originally Posted By deadelk:
Best way without taking it apart?


I've had good luck with removing the bowl from the bottom of the carb rather than complete disassemble. Spray the float in the top with carb cleaner. Thoroughly clean the bowl. Soak the nut in carb cleaner/acetone until the passage through it is clean. Don't use a wire to clean the passage.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 7:18:28 PM EDT
I'd send that puppy to a small engine repair shop. It probably needs a good soak.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 8:26:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Claybrook:
I'd send that puppy to a small engine repair shop. It probably needs a good soak.


Disassemble. 5 gallon bucket. Carb cleaner/brake cleaner/kerosene/any strong solvent.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 8:31:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 53vortec:
I was into one just last week so bad the float wouldn't move - cracking it open, it looked like someone had packed it with German Chocolate cake icing.

You were working on my shovelhead?

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 7:00:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By storminnorman:
Berrymans B12 chemtool FTW!


this, b12 FTW

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 7:47:53 AM EDT
Take it apart then fill the kitchen sink with HOT water and a lot of dawn dishwaszhing liquid.
Soak for a little while then Scrub with a toothbrush, I prefer to use the wifes toothbrush for this.

Rinse with hot water inspect for any leftover residue and put it back together.

I use this method for rebuilding my jetski carbs and any otherf carb work, it even works on G.M. throttle bodies as long as you remove any electronics.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 3:24:30 PM EDT
Thank you all for your replys. I took the carb apart and cleaned the small parts and orifices with carb cleaner put it back together and it runs like a top. Not as much of a hassle as I thought it would be.Thanks Again.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 3:40:05 PM EDT
Possibly a stupid question on their usage - Do you mix with gas or pour it straight into the tank?

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Originally Posted By ISED8U:
SeaFoam

or

Amsoil PowerFoam


Both of these will get the job done.


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