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I have seen quite bit of traffic on the internet about the differences. As with what Steve said, there isn't much. A lot of the things which people are saying are things like: "Carb cleaner leaves a residue, while brake cleaner doesn't". I pulled the Data Safety Sheet for both of the CRC cleaners (trying to keep apples-to-apples here): Carb Cleaner: Brake ...


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I use brake part cleaner on lots of things. It should be fine. Note- this is just personal experience. If someone pops up and says it's detrimental, I'll certainly listen.


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As @Zaid stated in his comment, brake cleaner is volatile and leaves little to no residue behind ... it's how it's designed to work. The only fear I'd have is if the brake cleaner might degrade the siphon tube over time, but then oil itself may have a caustic affect on the tube as well, depending on what it's made out of. In my approximation, if you have no ...


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Carb cleaner is slightly less volatile than brake cleaner but essentially the same ingredients. Engine Degreaser in my experience leaves some slight residue as does acetone. I would use Carb Cleaner in preference to the other two.


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I'm not sure what "cloating" is, but nothing works as good as CRC brake cleaner. However, given that it is banned in several states, I would start with dry paper towels to remove as much as possible, and then wipe with a clean rag wetted with gasoline. Acetone might work, but probably not as well as gasoline. Xylene would work fine as well, but again is ...


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Brake clean works fine but evaporates quickly (the whole point of it), Varsol (Solvent) or something similar works better for cleaning and then wash it off with brake-clean.


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Not that it helps you now, but... I'm assuming you did this because the oil was over-full. An easier way to fix this in the future is to remove the oil filler cap and place the hose of a running vacuum cleaner or shop vac over it. This creates lower pressure in the crankcase, allowing you to remove the drain plug and have little/no oil come out. Then remove ...


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I am a former organic chemistry student. This is a thought to ponder upon. We used a three step process to clean glassware in the lab. First, use sulfuric acid (battery acid), rinse with acetone, next sodium hydroxide (pure red devil lye), rinse with acetone, let dry. Notice that pure acetone is used to finish the job. Ponder that thought.


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I have used many CRC products: Brake & Carb cleaner; both chlorinated & non chlorinated and throttle body cleaner. The CRC "green can" brake cleaner works really well for all intents and purposes and can even be used (most) painted surfaces (IE: clean tree sap off of body paint). CRC Carb cleaner tends to remove paint. I have even used CRC brake ...


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I personally use them both interchangeably, some products here in the UK are now labeled "Fuel System Cleaner" and are essentially the exact same thing.


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