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Old 07-13-2003, 08:47   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Peoples,

Well since the alternator took a dose of power steering fluid.. been giving it a bit of a hit with degreaser to aid in it charging again. The supercheap stuff works wonders!

Used some BP brand stuff today.. and on the hot alternator.. very nice fireball and a good amount of flames.

Note to all: use the spray stuff when the motor is cold.. less fireballs :)

And yes, I will be replacing the alternator next weekend, did the starter motor today on the EA.. the reduction gear starters are nice!
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Hehe that'll teach ya! :p
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You're not supposed to spay cold 'anything' on to hot engine components. Doing this is the quickest way to warp things.
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one of me mates one day borrowed[stole] his grandmas old volvo or renualt hatch and drove it like he stole it .and any way we drove it and drove it and the car started to heat up and the brakes were like smoking for some reason ,so he being the dumb sh t he got the hose out and tried to cool the engine down at first then the brakes ,well the head was not only warped to the sht house but craked .and the brake discs were rooted aswell .

very funny story .

i guess you shouldnt put cold any thing on any thing hot in a car .

why did you not just wait till your car was cooled down .
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heres a question have you ever undone the radiator cap when the engine is hot or hottish .its like one of those guisers where the water gets shot up in the air from out of the ground .me mate did that too.he aint too bright and dont like cars much any more .

bloody funny
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On aeroplanes it's quite common to use degreaser or sometimes even just a solvent like Shellite or stuff called B1 (which looks/feels just like shellite) - or sometimes even just Kero - on the engines to clean them. In the case of the solvents or Kero, you're rinsing all the crap off with the spray gun and with degreaser then of course you're applying it then rinsing off with water. Best practice with direct solvent cleaning is still to rinse off with water.

Anyway, what I'm comming to is the story of some guys that cleaned off an engine on a Metroliner (small turboprop airliner - about 20 seats I think) with solvent then closed up the engine cowls and went to run it - when they hit the start switch there was a loud "BANG" and cowling doors hanging off at odd angles. du-OH!!

There is of course also a lesson in that for anyone degreasing or otherwise doing work on our cars which results in residual flamable material being left behind - even on a cold engine - and then the machinery being operated.
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Of course, if you're having trouble starting the engine and hate your muffler......
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