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How to Clean Radiator Reservoir? - July 17, 2011, 08:10 PM

I know its a silly question but the inside of my radiator reservoir has some residue around the plastic that is not coming off with just water and soap. It is made out of plastic and hence I don't want to use anything too abrasive. Soooo, what would you use to clean the inside of a radiator reservoir??



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I know its a silly question but the inside of my radiator reservoir has some residue around the plastic that is not coming off with just water and soap. It is made out of plastic and hence I don't want to use anything too abrasive. Soooo, what would you use to clean the inside of a radiator reservoir??


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Vinegar, its great for cleaning/flushing your whole cooling system.
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Vinegar, its great for cleaning/flushing your whole cooling system.
Yeah I used it to flush the coolant system. It doesn't work on the reservoir. I have no idea what that black stuff is. Looks like dried oil.


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Why do you want to clean it? If you are dying to get it spiffy clean though, I recommend filling it with some diluted lime away and then rinse really well. Then fill it with some bleach. Rinse really well again.


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I just figured while I'm doing the work I do it right I'm going to try that out!


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Two suggestions for ya, Turk:
1) Powdered laundry or dish washer detergent. (and no, if your "dish washer" happens to be a chick I am not talking about her lavender soap) Half a scoop of that and some hot water inside then shake the hell out of it. The granules act as a mild abrasive as well as detergent. The phosphorus also helps break shit up.
2) If you need some extra scrubbing power, use a coffee urn brush. The kind with the bristles bound to wire works well because it can be bent all about:


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I'm gonna try that second since it requires that I get powder detergent and that nifty brush.


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liquid dish soap, handfull of small washers, fill it 1/4 of the way and shake......we all know you know the motion that it needs to get it clean!
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