Gregory Bender

Carburetor cleaning with boiling distilled water

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models


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Thanks to Rick Kaye for sending me this information in a private e-mail. In Rick's own words:

Have you ever tried to put the disassembled carbs in boiling distilled water?

I did that with the honda carbs and was really impressed with how they got cleaned, no caustic material and really important was how they did not turn color and really looked new. Especially the petcock. I had to boil that twice as it was so plugged!

If you forget the fact that I need to get a set of micro drills to clean out the jets and such properly (silly me), this boiled water method really impressed me. And I just used brita filtered water, cheap aluminum serving pans and my gas grill. (better than inside as the wife would have killed me!!)

Just wanted your thoughts on this as the carb chem dip is pretty toxic to work with and discolors aluminum. And it really does not do any better cleaning job than the boiled water.