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Old 03-19-2007, 10:41 PM   #1
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I have 2 Glow engines that need to be cleaned. Is it true that if you take your engine apart and put everything in a Crockpot filled with antifreeze, cook on low for a few hours it will come out shiny again ? I'm no chemist but I am curious and willing to give it a try. If this doesnt work are there any cleaners available locally ? I read that Dawn Power Dissolver works to.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:57 PM   #2
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another suggestion

in the future, if you use fuel with synthetic oil (rather than castor) - you won't have to clean that gunk off of your engines, and will have more time to fly!!
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:05 PM   #3
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The following engine cleaning tip is from the KWFD (Kitchener Waterloo Flying Dutchmen) January 2006 "Hints and Tips" section of their newsletter. You should be cautious, antifreeze is toxic and you should dedicate a crock pot only to engine cleaning - I got a small one from XS Cargo for $9.99, but Walmart has them as well.

The newsletter also tells you where you can find the size of the bearings so you can purchase them locally.

By the way, I have engines still in use after 30 year - I attribute this to always making sure my fuel has a percentage of Castor oil.

Hope this helps.


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"Hints and Tips:

Cleaning Glow Engines and Carburettors
Many modellers have used antifreeze and a crock-pot to clean their engines. The procedure is to use ethylene glycol antifreeze (green or orange, full strength), put it in an old crock-pot, allow it to heat. Then put the engine parts in it and let it stay in the heated crock pot antifreeze overnight. The parts will come out like new in the morning with a light brushing, caution they will be hot so remove with pliers etc. You can rinse the parts with hot water, dry, and lube afterwards. I use Rislone from WalMart (yellow container) to lube the parts; Rislone can also be used as after run oil. If you decide to do this, please make sure you read and heed the cautions and warnings on the antifreeze container label and do not use the crock pot to cook food in after putting antifreeze in it, antifreeze is poisonous, you should dedicate the crock-pot to cleaning parts only. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area such as a garage or shed. I purchased a new, small crock pot from XS Cargo on Victoria Street, near Flite Craft, for $9.99 strictly for this purpose.

Glow Engine Bearings in Waterloo
After doing the above, you may want to replace the engine bearings, although this may not be necessary, if you do, they can be bought at Flite Craft or one of the following:
Glow Engine Bearings in Waterloo
Motion Canada (Usually has to order)
510 Weber St. N
Ph. 884-1220
Glow Engine Bearings in Kitchener
Canada Bearing Ltd. (Usually in stock)
500 Trillium Dr. Unit 1
Ph. 748-5500

Note: To find engine bearing size go to site mentioned in July newsletter:
For “Select a Category” select “Hobby Types” then “Radio Control” and look up your engine bearings."
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:44 PM   #4
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If you are not in a hurry, you don't even need a crockpot. I plug the carburetor and exhaust and immerse the entire engine in undiluted anti-freeze (the cheap green stuff). I leave it submerged and sitting on my cold basement floor for 3 days, then take the engine out of the antifreeze and brush it with an old toothbrush. With almost no effort it cleans up as good as new, even takes all the stains off the muffler. Just be sure that children or pets cannot get to the antifreeze, as it is poisonous.
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:18 PM   #5
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I have used carb cleaner with success; more expensive, but it works...
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips guys. I picked up a crock pot for nine bucks at Excess Cargo last night and will try it out on the weekend. I willtake before and after pics and post them.

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I used the crock pot method and it worked great. I am very pleased with the results.
I tried to post pics but I think max filesize is 150kb ?

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I heard this off and on for years, but did not believe it worked...I bought a stainless steel pot at the dollar store, and heated the antifreeze outside on the bbq.....worked like a darn. Some stubborn spots needed some scrubbing, but I was really pleased with the results.... As soon as Garage Sale season starts, I'll get my wife to pick me up a crockpot!!
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I bought a mini crockpot at Wal-mart for $8.99 which I use strictly for this purpose. It takes only a litre of antifreeze to fill and works excellent. The fact that it only needs a litre of antifreeze to fill it makes me like the small (cheap) crockpots better than the big ones for this purpose.
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I have used this process for years
I use a paint filter after use and pour the antifreeze in a glass gallon pickle jar. unbeleivable the amount of cr.... your filter out of it.
my antifreeze has done over 50 engines and still work great.has to be filtered after every use.
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