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post #1 of 7 Old 04-17-2013, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Parts Cleaner?

So, im changing the head gasket on my girlfriends 98 I6 and i want to clean the valve cover and head inside and out. Should i just use a degreaser or is there something stronger/better to use?

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-17-2013, 10:06 AM
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Get some wearever brake cleaner from the auto parts store.. Its like $3 a can grab like 3 cans or something... Works great for cleaning anything oily... It cleaned my intake manifold easily with no scrubbing yesturday when i took it apart. I use that stuff all the time and it evaporates fast. You can use that sprayed on a rag as well to clean the headgasket surface of any oils from your bodys natural oil on your fingers to the motor oil.. I did that to clean the gasket surface on my 5.9 for my intake manifold after scraping the old gasket off

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-17-2013, 10:08 AM
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I've also had good luck using oven cleaner.

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Get some wearever brake cleaner from the auto parts store.. Its like $3 a can grab like 3 cans or something... Works great for cleaning anything oily... It cleaned my intake manifold easily with no scrubbing yesturday when i took it apart. I use that stuff all the time and it evaporates fast. You can use that sprayed on a rag as well to clean the headgasket surface of any oils from your bodys natural oil on your fingers to the motor oil.. I did that to clean the gasket surface on my 5.9 for my intake manifold after scraping the old gasket off

http://www.google.com/imgres?sa=X&tb...5&tx=92&ty=105
Awesome, ill try it. Thanks!
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-17-2013, 10:16 AM
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Yea np, i love that stuff. I use it for everything, cleaning the gears in the differentials when i change the gear oil, to cleaning heavy oily grease on the engine to spraying it on a rag and cleaning gasket surfaces of oil..
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-17-2013, 11:25 AM
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Yep Candymancan, and I use the same Wearever brake cleaner on everything. Actually I'll buy whatever brake cleaner is on sale and right now the "CRC Brakleen" is on sale at $3.50 vs $4 for the Wearever at Advance.

I spoke with a real good Pematex rep a couple months ago and he recommended using a hair dryer or heat gun to bring the oil to the surface where the gasket mates. Then use rubbing/isopropyl alcohol on a rag to clean the oil off. But we were talking about rear differential covers where you're using one of their gasket makers for best adhesion instead of using a gasket. Probably not necessary on most surfaces but just thought I'd pass it along.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-17-2013, 06:38 PM
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You can also use acetone to clean gasket surfaces with a rag That stuff is super strong... so dont get it on anything plastic.. or paint.. or itll melt it quickly lol
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