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Barnacle Buster to clean engine cooling system

Hi,

I came across a product made by Trac Ecological called "barnacle Buster". The claim is that it can be used to "safely be recirculated through sea water cooling systems, dis- solving barnacles, zebra mussels, calcium, rust, lime and all other mineral deposits".

Does anyone have any experience with this stuff? Is it safe?

Here is a link to:
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My fear is that down the road it could cause more harm than good.
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Works great, have used it twice now with great results, I recommend it. FYI, you can buy the ingredients yourself but...
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As most other 'chalk' deposit dis-solver, it is acid based!
You may probably 'mix' it yourself for a fraction of the cost:
Hazardous ingredients : Phosphoric Acid 85%
Just as 'friendly' as any drain-clog cleaner on the market. They too are approve for 'pouring into the sewage'.
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Phosphoric acid is one of the main ingredients in some soda pop (albeit, at a much lower concentration). It's a pretty innocuous mild acid. One of its main advantages is that, in addition to dissolving "boiler scale", it will also dissolve rust and some other metal oxides without attacking the base metal much, if at all.
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Works great, have used it twice now with great results, I recommend it. FYI, you can buy the ingredients yourself but...
Did you recycle it through a running engine for a period of time. If so, then how did you set it up? Or did you let the engine suck it in and then let it sit for some time?

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A word of caution: using chemical engine flushes can sometimes break stuff loose w/o completely dissolving it, particularly in engines with a lot of crud in them. These undissolved bits can clog smaller channels in the engine, or more likely in the heat exchanger, causing problems much larger than having the original deposits. If you can do so w/o danger of getting water into places it really doesn't belong, I would try back-flushing the system (you will have to remove the impeller) after such a treatment to make sure there aren't any such clogs.
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barnical buster is a great product but if you are going to use it you need to circulate it and flush the engine imediatly after finished. a 50/50 mix with water is what i use on big engine heat exchangers and intercoolers. if your heat exchange is not to hard to get off its alot nicer just to put it in a bucket of the solution
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White Vinegar does a great job dissolving calcium.
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Re: Barnacle Buster to clean engine cooling system

As a long time diesel mechanic and diesel truck engine operator, I recommend a flush like that, but afterwards a good idea is to use some Joy dishwashing liquid. You flush with the scale remover, then flush with water, then after flush again with detergent, run the engine long enough to open up all the thermostats and let it run through the entire system. then run straight water the same way as many times as it takes to get clear discharge when you drain it.

The dish liquid will bubble a bit, it will take out any residue that is not scale, but is either slime or petroleum based, it dissolves it and breaks it down to the point it is harmless. It also smells good.

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