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Old 03-17-2014, 02:34 PM
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brake cleaner or carb cleaner?

The story is im replacing the egr cooler and oil cooler on my truck right now and figured this might start a decent discussion. When cleaning the egr valve, people say to use carb cleaner, but when your cleaning the valley where the oil cooler sits people say to use brake cleaner. in my limited experience, brake cleaner leaves behind residue but carb cleaner doesn't. just curious why this is, or if they are basically the same thing and it doesnt matter.
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:25 PM
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Nothin????
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I couldn't tell you the difference, but I typically just use what I have. loll
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:38 PM
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Haha same here!! Just wondering if there is some super secret thing that differentiates the two lol
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some one once told me brake cleaner was stronger and a slightly broader spectrum of solvent where carb cleaner is more targeted at disolving grease.
not sure how much validity there is to that but i can tell you brake cleaner will remove wood stain and carb cleaner will not
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:03 PM
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Hahaha I guess that's good to know in case the wife wants to remodel the kitchen lol she probably wouldn't appreciate the smell though LOL
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i believe the statement that brake cleaner has the potential ( there is more than one common chemical used depending on MFG) to be stronger like mentioned

i always fitt a glass and set my EGR valve in it just clear of the hole they warn you not to get any cleaner in leave it sit for a while and it works well I did use brake cleaner by accident once but that method didn't seem to compromise anything
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Other way around: brake cleaner should not leave any residue. It is also more damaging to plastics.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:14 AM
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but it will clean carpet fiber! Brake cleaner that is
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how clean will it get them ? I wouldn't try that in a conspicuous area LOL

here is the 2 common types and they are nasty chemicals sometimes you see a residue but I don't think it will hurt the pads if the little bit is left on the rotor

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Key Findings

Common spray brake cleaners contain highly toxic chemicals and probable carcinogens, such as dichloromethane (DCM, aka methylene chloride) and tetrachloroethylene (aka perchloroethylene or PERC).
Large manufacturers and formulators of automotive cleaning products provide non-chlorinated solvent alternatives, but these are often similarly toxic and dangerous to human health.
Many non-chlorinated brake cleaner formulations are highly flammable. Be sure to verify flammability characteristics of any new cleaner and re-evaluate job safety if products are changed to include flammable solvents.
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