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Author Topic: How to clean a motorcycle carburetor without an air compressor  (Read 3278 times)

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November 11, 2013, 11:42:53 AM
Just a little tip for anyone that needs to clean their carburetor out but doesn't want to drop the big bucks on an air compressor, you could used compressed air in a can, such as in the attached photo. This two-pack was only $11 at Best Buy and meant for blasting dust out of keyboards and computer cooling fans.

Blasting your carb out with high pressure air is a must! I'm not certain if these cans have as much pressure as a compressor, but I believe they have enough power to do the job. Spray and soak the carburetor with carb cleaner first to loosen up grime in all the ports, channels and jets in the carb. Use the little tube with these Dust Off cans to direct the air right into the channels and jets.

Smaller cans might even be good stuff to pack on long motorcycle adventures.

« Last Edit: November 16, 2013, 12:44:47 PM by TABA »
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November 18, 2014, 05:17:51 PM
Wanted to add a note to this topic since having used these compressed air cans often. First, the air pressure is not nearly as great as using a real air compressor. So these cans should only be used for moderate cleaning. No heavy grime. Also, the cans get SUPER cold when used for any length of time and the air pressure decreases with the temp. Use in small bursts and shake the can repeatedly to keep pressure up.

AND, if you want a killer tip for carb cleaning, USE PINE-SOL!
Especially if you warm the PINE-SOL up a bit and let the carb soak for a few hours. Where other products fail to dissolve the white, crystallized, hardened corrosion... Pine-Sol will eat that crap away for good. Turns the aluminum very dark, but that's better than having to buy a new carburetor.

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November 28, 2014, 11:01:49 AM
You got me thinking about other options.
What about an air pistol, like a CO2 pellet gun? Obviously NOT loaded, just use it for a high-pressure blast. Might actually be useful in the field.
Or maybe rig something up that uses air from your vehicle tire. Would need a length of hose with clamp-on fitting on one end, and the a little air trigger/blaster on the other.

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