Engine cleaning - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Welcome to Sailnet > SailNet FAQ
 Not a Member? 

SailNet FAQ This forum is specifically on the Sailnet Website and how to do certain things on the website. Please note - any other threads will be deleted.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 05-05-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
tryer is on a distinguished road
Engine cleaning

Hello all.

Would anyone have any ideas on how best to degrease a 30HP Yanmar.
Its been a long time since it has been done and looks "bad".

Some people have said Oven cleaner is good, anyone else have any ideas???

Regards and kind winds.

Scott
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 05-05-2011
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da :)
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Pleasant Hill, Louisiana
Posts: 160
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Sixpoint is on a distinguished road
Gunk "Engine Brite" Engine Degreaser.

Absolutely cannot be beat when it comes to solutions in a can. Have used it on numerous different engine platforms/situations.

You can find it at most any auto parts store and of course Wallyworld/Costco etc.

Edit: I would advise getting 2 cans - or if your engine is seriously grimy, go ahead and get 3. Use the stuff liberally. It really does work, but it takes more than one would think to do an engine, again, especially if it's really grimy.

Peace,

6P
__________________
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. - John Lubbock

Last edited by Sixpoint; 05-05-2011 at 03:23 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 05-05-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
tryer is on a distinguished road
Thanks suckling. Will have a look around n see if I can find it in Sydney. Appreciate your idea.
Stay safe. Regards. Scott
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 05-05-2011
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da :)
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Pleasant Hill, Louisiana
Posts: 160
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Sixpoint is on a distinguished road
suckling?
__________________
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. - John Lubbock
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 05-05-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
tryer is on a distinguished road
Hi Sixpoint, my sincere apologies, was using iphone at the time and had a few beers as well.

Regards,
Scott
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 05-05-2011
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da :)
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Pleasant Hill, Louisiana
Posts: 160
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Sixpoint is on a distinguished road
lol no worries...just didn't know what it was supposed to mean.

Peace,
6P
__________________
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. - John Lubbock
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 05-06-2011
Ilenart's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: West Australia
Posts: 497
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 7
Ilenart is on a distinguished road
Scott,

another option that maybe cheaper is using an engine and bilge degreaser. They are often concentrated & 1 litre makes up 5L. Not sure if "Gunk "Engine Brite" Engine Degreaser" is available in Oz. There are a number of products made locally that are available from yacht chandlers ie

https://www.whitworths.com.au/main_i...AbsolutePage=1

Ilenart
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 05-06-2011
hellosailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,044
Thanks: 0
Thanked 50 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
Scott, traditional oven cleaner is simply LYE. There are many lye-based cleaners on the market and they are all caustic. They'll take off paint, grease, varnish, any labels, degrade rubber parts, and soften or stain fiberglass if left on too long.

I file lye cleaners under "Nuke 'em!" and try to avoid them.

I'd suggest a bucket of hot water and Liquid Tide laundry detergent. Being a laundry detergent, it isn't caustic and won't eat flesh or rubber parts. But it is strong enough to dissolve Cosmoline, and that's an excellent grease. A scrub brush or toilet bowl brush and a little encouragement, and the engine will be clean. Without collateral damage.

"Brake pad degreaser" spray sold in auto shops, also will strip everything right off. Not caustic since it evaporates so quickly, but not so good ot breath, either.

Whichever you use, you're likely to get some rusting afterwards on any unpainted iron parts, unless you put some type of wax or polish protection on them to replace the grease. Endust, Pledge...anything that's handy, or the rust will surprise you.

Last edited by hellosailor; 05-06-2011 at 03:18 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 05-12-2011
sailing320's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 81
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
sailing320 is on a distinguished road
Hellosailer,

If I use Tide laundry detergent and clean my engine real good is it safe to hose off after? Will it damange any electrical items? I have never done this!
Do you spray Pledge on the entire engine or should I use Corrosion Block?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 05-12-2011
hellosailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,044
Thanks: 0
Thanked 50 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
Tide doesn't damage electrical connections on an engine, it is "just" water as far as the usual temp sensors and such are concerned. Still, you wouldn't want to soak any wiring any longer than you had to, and you'd want to make sure it got a chance to dry out thoroughly afterward if needed.

Corrosion Block sounds like the better way to go, as long as you've got access to it. Basically, any iron part, any nut, bolt, stud, in the engine compartment is going to get a film of surface rust on it after it has been degreased--unless you grease it up again, or paint it, right away.

Use the Tide sparingly, you don't need gobs of suds.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to know if engine is a fuel injection engine 99miles Gear & Maintenance 4 05-31-2010 10:42 AM
Cleaning salt water off the engine thisisus Gear & Maintenance 2 08-26-2009 03:54 AM
Dry Cleaning trantor12020 Gear & Maintenance 3 01-30-2009 11:39 AM
cleaning a Jib k7udg Gear & Maintenance 5 10-23-2006 06:31 PM
Cleaning SS dutchman-3oaks Gear & Maintenance 4 06-17-2002 03:27 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:10 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012