[Vwdiesel] Parts cleaning tips

Shalyn Shourds sshourds at flash.net
Wed Nov 25 22:13:59 PST 2009

> First one is to kill a couple paper 
> towels on them.? Wipe them pretty clean so you don't 
> have to fight the grease and so you don't pollute your 
> tank.? 

That's pretty much what I do.  I always used to have a can of Diesel 
around because that's what my ancestors always used.  Being in the 
environmental industry, I try to limit the amount of solvents I keep 
around.  I wipe CV components really clean with a few paper towels and 
then use a solvent-soaked paper towel to give a final wipe down.  Some 
stuff, yeah, best done in a tank, but CV grease is usually pretty soft 
and easy to clean up.  Big parts are (at least used to be) cheap to get 
cleaned at a rebuild shop. 

Random question:  anyone ever deal with one of the biological parts 
washers?  They use warm water, a detergent, and a microbial consortium 
to wash then break down greases/oils.  Supposedly pretty effective, but 
I don't wash anywhere near enough parts to bother.  As a microbiologist, 
I always thought that that's a pretty neat idea. 


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