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    Starting fluid to clean your block?

    I was working at my brother-in-law's house the other day. I dripped some oil on his driveway and was rooting around for something to clean it up. I found an old can of starting fluid and gave it a shot. It completely dissolved the oil in seconds and then evaporated leaving no trace of stain. I know now why you should avoid using it to start your engine but the question is, can I use it to clean the engine? Has anyone tried this? Can anyone think of a good reason not to try it?

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    not sure on cleaning the engine with it, may remove paint.
    But thanks for the tip, I now know what to use to clean the spots in the driveway

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    I was working at my brother-in-law's house the other day. I dripped some oil on his driveway and was rooting around for something to clean it up. I found an old can of starting fluid and gave it a shot. It completely dissolved the oil in seconds and then evaporated leaving no trace of stain. I know now why you should avoid using it to start your engine but the question is, can I use it to clean the engine? Has anyone tried this? Can anyone think of a good reason not to try it?

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    it's full of Ether, DON'T try to use it to clean your engine, way too dangerous. if you want something that will remove anything, including paint, use brake cleaner. leaves no residue eithier.

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    sweet well at lerast we know its good for cleaning oil drips

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Why is starting fluid dangerous and not brake cleaner? Brake clean is really flammable. Ask me how I know.

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Quote Originally Posted by lostforawhile View Post
    it's full of Ether, DON'T try to use it to clean your engine, way too dangerous. if you want something that will remove anything, including paint, use brake cleaner. leaves no residue eithier.
    I definitely won't use it with the engine running or hot. I won't spray it on the cat, use while smoking, etc. It's a good way to die if you're an idiot, but if you are careful it should work. I just want to be sure it won't eat up my hoses or wires or paint or anything. I haven't been especially impressed with brake cleaner for oil mess and you aren't supposed to use it on anything like hoses or wires.
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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    i used starting fuliud to clean thouttel bodys and intake manifolds before lol cleaned that old carbon up really good just the car ran like poo for the first 5 minutes

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    just say opposite of yes to ether

    citrus base degreaser works for me with motor

    for oil spills there is a powder form oil pick up that works miracles. picks up every trace of oil, just sprimkle it out om the spill amd sweep it aroumd a bit. Really is impresive stuff.

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    What works best on oil leaks is to just fix them. Its such a relief to pull into the driveway and not worry about putting something under the car.
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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    haha that's true ^ i still need to replace my oil pan gasket.. so not looking forward to that

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    if you can get it in cali,get some stuff from ZEP products called Aerosolve.. it will take off anything and it's not flammable,beinf co2 based propellent and it's residue free. will blow oil and grime right off.

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    I think you can get it cheaper, but you can't beat this stuff. a lot in a can too. figures though,even though it has no ozone depleting chemicals,it can't be shipped to certain states because of ozone crap. http://www.vendorsequipment.com/foun...vent+Degreaser
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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Brake clean is my friend..i use that on every oil change or just to clean something up real quick on the ground to spray it and wipe it easy. I also sprayed it on my crank when i took my pan off for oil pan tap. Eats that grease up like butter. i also spray it in the drain hole when i change my oil since oil drips so slow i spray it in there all over and everything comes out...works doing it for years and ever since i rebuild my engine. so its not going to hurt anything. LOL or not if you use it on shit that has power going to it UMMM THATS a NO NO lol.. I usaully wait till my motor cold anyhow...but k enought said haha


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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    What's the deal with ether? Why is it so bad? Does it eat up hoses or something? I'd like to know so I don't use it...

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    John its not going to eat up anything. ONLY THING THAT would eat up your holes would be engine cleaner since it has a very strong additive that makes the holes crank. i stop using that shit. GUNK 2 or whatever...but as far as i know it dont hurt nothing


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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGenGuy View Post
    What's the deal with ether? Why is it so bad? Does it eat up hoses or something? I'd like to know so I don't use it...
    It likes to remove the oil from the cylinder walls, among other things. If you have to use it, it is always best to crank the engine for awhile before spraying to lubricate things as well as possible beforehand.

    Surely you can find something that works without spending $6 a can. I've always had good luck with the kerosene based cleaners and a wire brush.
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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    ^^^ yeah what he had said

    spray some ether in a rag and tie it around your head with the damp part right at your nose.
    when you stop seeing rainbow bears dancing around the shop, try it again, then when the bears stop talking to you get back to work.
    highly unreccommended btw but there are much more economical solvents for cleaning, save the ether for midevil witchdoctors and dirt workers with catapillar engines.

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    what?!!?!?! dancing rainbow bears?!?! shit ima go do that now sounds awesome!! brb

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Quote Originally Posted by roodoo2 View Post
    ^^^ yeah what he had said

    spray some ether in a rag and tie it around your head with the damp part right at your nose.
    when you stop seeing rainbow bears dancing around the shop, try it again, then when the bears stop talking to you get back to work.
    highly unreccommended btw but there are much more economical solvents for cleaning, save the ether for midevil witchdoctors and dirt workers with catapillar engines.
    that means DO not do it CAH it could be LETHAL
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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Quote Originally Posted by roodoo2 View Post
    that means DO not do it CAH it could be LETHAL
    If he believed that maybe he should do it

    just kidding cah, dont do it!
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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Ok, I can see not spraying it inside the engine, I thought this thread was about cleaning off the outside of your engine? Like oily greasy engine block. Wouldn't really hurt anything there, I mean so long as you're not a dumbass about it spraying it all over inside your electronics, right?

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    It evaporates too quickley to do any real emulsifiying. May be good for a quick wipe where you spilled something but is could stain certain materials.
    I just never saw it or thought it to be used for cleaning anything but brain cells.

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Gotcha! Guess that makes sense then. I was just mostly curious about the Ether thing, what the big deal was.

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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Quote Originally Posted by roodoo2 View Post
    that means DO not do it CAH it could be LETHAL
    Quote Originally Posted by 2drSE-i View Post
    If he believed that maybe he should do it

    just kidding cah, dont do it!



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    Re: Starting fluid to clean your block?

    Guys, guys guys guys are you serious lol...where does it say its going to harm anything its made do clean.

    Quickly and easily removes oil, grease, tar, brake fluid and dirt from brake discs and pads, metal components, couplings, cable connections, etc.
    Does not affect rubber, plastic or paint.

    Thats what it says on the can the shit i use. SO theres your myth BUSTED LOL.
    My boss uses it on his parts also...does NOT EFFECT ANYTHING. Like i said i been using it for years never once did i have a prob lol...thats what my auto tech teacher taught me so i got used to it. So idk maybe certian brake clean but the one i use sometimes gets me dizzy lol...


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