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This is a Volvo Cooler that I got from the JY

Full ....I mean FULL of oil [Image: frown.gif]

I have let it drip but needs to be Cleaned

I see no oil on the outside though [Image: rolleyes.gif]

Kerosene , RAD Flush , Simple Green???


1985 Mustang GT Turbo?
1987 Mustang Coupe 308/lentech
1999 F350 SuperDuty 4x4XLT Battle Tank

[This message has been edited by RI85GT (edited 01-05-2002).]
Never tried this, but what if you recycled 1/2 gallon of gas through it, then ran water through, then let it dry? Gas always cleans my oily hands at the end of the day...

1986 XR-7 turbo
Starion intercooler waiting to go on, along with LA3, big VAM, Gillis valve, and I need to port.

Just put on ATR dual stainless exhaust with a MAC 3" downpipe!! My first performance mod!!

"Just the ramblings of a free-range brain..."
I would suggest using kerosene or mineral spirits (paint thinner) to clean it out and then let it air dry well afterwards. If you have access to compressed air to blow through it, that will speed the drying process. NEVER use gasoline to clean parts or especially your hands! It is too highly flamable to be safe and is highly carcinogenic.
Personally, I think I would avoid using anything quite as volatile as gasoline, but I'd say you're on the right track using some sort of solvent. If it were me, I think I'd just get a gallon of paint thinner and pour it in - then, with the inlet & outlet plugged somehow (potatoes?), vigorously shake it back and forth (perhaps with some assistance) to try and wash the oil film off the inside surfaces. [Image: smile.gif]

C'ya - RAY

Former 2.3T Courier (carbed/blow-thru) & soon turbo Ranger
Dawn dish detergent and very hot water mixed with some sort of solvent than just hot water worked for me.


1984 SVO K&N Air filter on vam
manual boost control set at 16psi , subframes, boxed rear control arms, Super Coupe front intercooler and rad
1987 F250 4x4 diesel for finding parts and winter time
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Excuse me stating the obvious eyelawdoc, but isn't nearly EVERY solvent on the market flammable? Carb cleaner, engine degreaser, you yourself suggested kerosene and paint thinner, two extremely flammable products. It's just what I grew up doing, pour a little gas into a tin, put your part in there and brush it over with the gas until it's clean. As long as you don't smoke, or friggin drink the gasoline, and are doing it in a well-ventilated place, what's the problem?
If you use something heavy duty, you might want to do a test patch on the outside. Don't want to melt the plastic end tanks.

a gallon of diesel or kerosene will probably do fine... a gallon of NAPTHA would work well too, but the diesel will be cheaper! [Image: biggrin.gif]

You are right XR7boost, both kerosene and mineral spirits are highly flammable and should always be used with great care. I would not recommend using either to clean one's hands. However, at room temperature they both have low volatility and low vapor pressure, making them considerably safer to work with than gasoline.

Gasoline also contains a myriad of nasty tetragenic compounds, like benzene, toluene, and (here in California) MTBE that can be absorbed through the skin, as well as inhaled. These are nice to avoid whenever possible.
I bought an 88 TC with the intercooler full of oil , I used a quart of Castrol super clean , plugged one end with a rubber plug ,poured the cleaner in , plugged the other end , and shook like hell . Opened the end up , poured the cleaner out into a bottle , rinsed with the hose , then ran it thru the dishwasher . The wife doesn't like it very well when I use the dishwasher for car parts , so I hooked one up in my shop . It came out nice and clean , inside and out . Ashley

86 -TC medium Canyon Red ,Black and grey with a five speed and an 88 Dark Blue with blue cloth and an automatic , both stock , 71 429 CJ Cougar , 72 F-250 4X4
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