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Soaking the carb

Finally started tearing into my $100 HS928, and was able to pull a serial number (there are no stickers on it). Turns out I actually have a $100 HS828. I also pulled the carb, and I'm going to soak it. Then I'll replace the gaskets. This will be my first major carb overall (I've only ever sprayed them thoroughly with carb cleaner), so I'm looking for recommendations on what to soak it in. What does everyone use, and why? I've read a few different suggestions ranging from pinesol to parts cleaner, so the options seem pretty varied.

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I got a can of Gunk carb dip. I've seen it at Autozone but other auto parts stores probably have it. I've used soapy water or purple power degreaser or other such stuff in my ultrasonic cleaner and have had great results. Main thing is the ultrasonic cleaner. I've even placed my can of carb dip in some water in the ultrasonic cleaner to get a little extra cleaning power out of it



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I've tried 4 different dunks, Berrymans is the best hands down.

In past posts I've mentioned the others I've tried, Gunk, Napa, ???? If you do a Search for Berrymans under my name, you'll find them.

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When I was a kid, the old timers, of which I now am, used to talk about "boiling the carb". While I have never boiled one, I have used some Dawn dish soap in very hot water to soak and clean a few carbs over the years. Using a compressor to blow the passages dry.

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Finally started tearing into my $100 HS928, and was able to pull a serial number (there are no stickers on it). Turns out I actually have a $100 HS828. I also pulled the carb, and I'm going to soak it. Then I'll replace the gaskets. This will be my first major carb overall (I've only ever sprayed them thoroughly with carb cleaner), so I'm looking for recommendations on what to soak it in. What does everyone use, and why? I've read a few different suggestions ranging from pinesol to parts cleaner, so the options seem pretty varied.

Thanks in advance.
had a guy try to trade me a HS928 for one of my custom builds plus cash. he said he had it since new. it had HS928 on sides of bucket but when I looked on side of engine it had the GX240 stamp on it. that's an 8horse.

if your's says GX270 it's a 9. but probably has gx240. the serial number on lower cross plate starts with 200XXXX? . well that doesn't mean anything either. I have built very nice 928's on a nice 828 chassis.

anyway , I use 50-50 Purple Power / water in my ultrasonic cleaner with good results.

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I use Simple Green HD in an ultrasonic cleaner. (I got sick of blasting chemicals in the air.)
I've never had a Honda carburetor run right cleaning it any other way.
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When I was a kid, the old timers, of which I now am, used to talk about "boiling the carb". While I have never boiled one, I have used some Dawn dish soap in very hot water to soak and clean a few carbs over the years. Using a compressor to blow the passages dry.
They boiled the carbs in Kerosene! before chemicals came, also water. They boil radiators.

I've used Dawn in my Ultrasonic Cleaner and for cleaning.

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I use 50-50 Purple Power / water in my ultrasonic cleaner with good results.
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I've used Purple Power in my Ultrasonic Cleaner and for cleaning.

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I use Simple Green HD in an ultrasonic cleaner.
I've used Simple Green and Simple Green HD in my Ultrasonic Cleaner and for cleaning.

Krud Kutter is the best I've currently found.

I use to own a janitorial business, I'd like to think I've tried everything including all the commercial products available. I got use to spraying the cleaner on the wall and seeing the dirt, grease, just running down. The best was a liquid floor cleaner made by Johnson Wax.

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I've been happy with the results, using Simple Green HD in my ultrasonic cleaner. But Krud Kutter is good to know about, I could try that once I use up my Simple Green. Fortunately, I don't use up a lot of cleaner each time, since I put the parts and cleaner in a glass jar, and fill the rest of the cleaner's tank with water. It requires less cleaner, and contains the mess to within the glass jar.

Sorry, klawrencNH, I don't have much experience with just soaking the carbs, rather than using ultrasonic.

Especially if you forsee doing other carbs in the future, buying a dip-can of something (like Berryman's, etc) might be worthwhile.

Of course, if you thought you'd be doing more stuff like this, I'd also consider just buying an ultrasonic cleaner. I don't use mine all that often, but it does a great job. It's probably cleaned 8-9 carbs for me by this point, and has definitely paid for itself, IMO. It's also good for cleaning anything with little nooks and crevices that are difficult to clean manually. A friend uses his for cleaning the chuck of his wood-turning lathe, for instance. Gun parts, watch bands, etc, are also good candidates.

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My experience so far with carburetors is the only trouble thing in it (for the most part) is the main jet which is somewhat accessible after the bowl is removed. A set of torch cleaners will work well after finding the one that fits into the jet’s hole. Just plunging that through the jet by itself and doing nothing more than also wiping out the bowl has been successful for me.

I don’t even remove the jet, just purge the junk in it with a wire
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