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Old 04-01-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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Default Is it safe to use brake parts cleaner to remove oil residue?

Hey all,

New to the forum not to Miatas and had a general question about how safe it is to use brake parts cleaner and removing oil/residue from engines/transmissions? It works very well on oil and such but is it corrosive to the metal?
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I use only windex. The purple kind, i like the fragrance it leaves on my hands.
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Kind of a waste, though. Buy some engine cleaner. Cheap, and works well to clean up the baked on crud. Engine should be warm to work the fastest.

One can will do what 3 cans of brake cleaner will take off.
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I <3 brake clean. Cuts through everything and evaporates almost instantly. Wearever brake cleaner from Advance...I've sprayed cases of that stuff.
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Not all brake cleaner is the same, some will eat paint, others eat plastic. Use the good stuff, not the cheapest. If it smells like the dry cleaners, it's probably ok. If it smells like carb cleaner, ask for a better product.
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I do it literally everyday.
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I buy brake cleaner in bulk now and use a pump and spray bottle. You waste way less...
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I clean all kinds of oil residue with brake cleaner. Just be sure not to get it on any painted surfaces.
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I use brake cleaner on everything. I shower with it.
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