Last Updated on March 19, 2022
A carburetor is the most critical part of any machine engine. Thus it has to be in good health for efficient working of your machine. Be it in small engines, lawnmowers, or snowblowers. The carburetor works as a device that mixes air with fuel to create a burnable mixture. As long as your carburetor runs smoothly, your machine will work perfectly.
When do you need a Cleaner?
Consistent use and continuous intake of air make the gas dry out. And that leads to the build-up of a sticky substance in the walls. Over time this build-up makes it hard for tiny parts in carburetors to move freely, and you will start experiencing issues. Not using the machine engine for an extended period is another reason for substance accumulation. The smell of chemicals will tell you that you need a cleanup session for the carburetor.
Why do you need an Ultrasonic Cleaner?
The Ultrasonic cleaners are well known for their efficiency in removing dirt and other accumulation from carburetors such as fluids, grease, pigments, varnish, and gums. However, there are many options available for cleaning purposes. But this ultrasonic cleaner is specifically in use because it is environmentally safe and consumes less time. You cannot use any other acidic solutions for cleaning the carburetors as they can cause damage to the surface, such as corrosion.
On the other hand, the use of aerosol sprays, wash tanks and brushes not only consumes more time and effort. But it is also damaging for the environment.
There is a chance that you might not access the complex parts of carburetor assembly in manual cleaning. The cavitation process ensures that not even a tiny piece of the carburetor is left unclean. Minute bubbles can easily penetrate through crevices and blind holes for deep cleaning.
Manual cleaning is a bit messy procedure.
It takes more time to disassemble and assemble the carburetor. And it also requires mechanics’ assistance in carefully separating the critical parts.
It does not damage any material and also the environment.
How do an Ultrasonic Cleaner works?
An Ultrasonic Cleaner is effective for every type of contaminants accumulated on various materials such as rubber, glass, hard plastic, and metals. It cleans the surface with the help of cavitation bubbles, which usually form because of inducing high-frequency sound waves in the liquid. This high intensity of sound waves agitate the liquid and start the cavitation process in solution molecules.
In the Cavitation process, the void gets trapped inside the bubble because of sonic energy, and tiny bubbles start to appear in the liquid. The implosion of these bubbles helps in scrubbing off the stubborn contaminants from engrossed parts of the surface. The implosion force will be so intense that it can blast off contaminants in one go, and all the dirt will float on the liquid.
Which liquid to use in an Ultrasonic Cleaner for Carburetors?
There are different solutions available in the market to use in an ultrasonic cleaner. It is usually of two types aqueous-based and solvent-based. Both types of fluids consist of a wetting agent. These wetting agents help in decreasing surface tension and increasing cavitation. Aqueous cleaning fluids will do the job and is better for the environment. However, Solvent cleaning fluids are more effective in cleaning but not as environmentally friendly as water-based solutions.
Things to remember before choosing a cleaner solution
The aqueous cleaning solutions are well known and in use for powerful cleaning of the carburetors. But following are the things that your fluids must not do.
The solution must not damage the ultrasonic cleaner container.
The solution should be able to initiate enough cavitation for adequate cleaning.
It should not form excessive foam during the process.
Now, let us discuss the perfect liquid to use in the Ultrasonic cleaners based on the nature of contaminants.
Use Elma Tec Clean A4 for removing grease, dirt, and light deposit of pigments. It is a biodegradable concentrate solution and is mildly alkaline. You can get it in the amount as per your need as there are 2.5, 10, and 25 liters of containers available. You have to dilute this solution with water in the ratio of 1 to 5 percent. This ratio usually depends on the strength that you need for the cleaning. If there is a slightly heavy deposit, go for a less water ratio to make the heavy-duty mixture and vice versa.
To use this fluid in an ultrasonic cleaner. To fill the cleaner container for the mixture, fill it with water halfway and add the Elma Tec Clean A4 solution. Now add the remaining water to fill the line. To mix and degas the mixture, you have to turn on the device and let it do its job for about 10 minutes. You have to perform this task every time you make a new cleaning solution mixture.
Another option for heavy-duty cleaning is Shellac-Buster CLN-SH RS75. You can use this fluid as it is but make sure to degas it before starting. It will be suitable for removing heavy contaminants, shellac, and carbon embedded in the carburetor.
What not to use in Ultrasonic Cleaners?
Do not use any flammable liquids such as alcohol, gasoline, or any such chemicals. These liquids can be hazardous. Because when they vaporize, they can cause explosions or catch fire easily. It will also be harmful if it releases gasses into the room.
It is beneficial to use distilled or deionized water in an Ultrasonic Cleaner for higher efficiency in the cleaning process.
Always keep the temperature between 50°C to 80°C for working.
After cleaning, you have to rinse the parts with distilled or deionized water for spot-free drying.
Dispose of the material properly that floats on the cleaner solution.
You can use the Solution mixture multiple times. It makes it a more economical option. Check for discoloration, and if it takes longer to clean the float, you need to mix a new formulation. You have to dispose of the solution as per recommendation by the manufacturer. There are many brands offering fluids safe for use in Ultrasonic cleaners. Make sure to buy a quality product for better results.