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Cleaning engine parts

hey guys, i want to clean out an engine block and all the parts along with it, individually (I am rebuilding). What should I use? Varisol bath? or what other type of parts cleaner that won't damage anything?
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That will work fine...

I use a bath where I can...... but for larger pieces I will apply varsol and scrub with a brush.

Otherwise a quick shot of brake clean ...

I usually follow with blowing out the parts with compressed air..
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I think i need to get a tub large enough for the block to fit in. or maybe i'll just find an engine rebuild shop somewhere in the city and see if they can clean this engine block/head and everything else for me. What do you guys do when you rebuilding and need to clean everything out?
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Check your local laws, but...

...try a car wash with the "soap" and then "rinse" setting. Some car washes even have a "degreaser" setting which I would use first. Some local laws prohibit doing what I suggest though.
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Your wife/girlfriend won't like it, but the dishwasher is good for parts small enough to fit in there.
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dude this would be worth to do just to see a look on my wifes face when she opens our dishwasher and finds misc engine parts in there. but i guess it would work for pistons and other stuff, soap was made to degrease and heat will evaporate all water off the parts before they rust.

any other ideas guys?
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I have a 27 cubic foot (3x3x3) parts steam washer that works wonders on parts and blocks alike. Put block in cabinet, turn on unit... 30 minutes later, take block out and blow off with compressed air. After that it's ready for lube and rebuild.

If it is a iron block, I usually put a little simple green in with the water in the supply tank. The entire process uses about 20 gallons of water, and 2 lbs of propane. All in all, alot cheaper than taking it to the local machine shop!
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27 cubic feet washer is nice, but i do not have an access to one so i have to either improvise or find ways...
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medium plastic garbage can, 5+ gallons of solvent, an old fuel pump, some hose, and a battery charger.

That is my poor mans parts washer but it's worked for years now.
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My local shop steam tanked my block for $35 as part of head and crank work I was having done. It was easiest for me and came out great. I just pressure wash the other stuff like the X-member, mounts, control arms at home. A large parts washer would be great if I had the room for it.
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would it be safe to just spray on a lot of engine degreaser on your motor let it sit and just pressure air it off?
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Degreaser is fine. Follow the directions on the can. Finish it off with plenty of soap and water. Most of the engine parts are aluminum - so no rust. Hey, I've got a better idea! Why not take it to a car wash with a power sprayer? Why the hell didn't I think of that before?
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well i thought you werent supposed to get your motor wet or theres somthing your supposed to not get wet
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I thought you said you were rebuilding it. If you are, you have it all apart - right? You obviously don't want to wash anything electrical.
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yeah everything is apart, just needs cleaning from old sticky oil.
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Don't use the dishwasher! I did when I rebuilt my 911 and it stained the interior. I had to buy a new one ASAP. Also, check the degreasers label first, many will cause corrosion on aluminum. The citris based ones worked very well for me.
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I just did my engine with Simple Green and a soft brush. Spray everything down with simple green and let it stand for a few minutes. A few strokes with the soft brush and hose it off. A few really nasty spots required a second shot, but everything came clean. A blast of compressed air dried everything and I was good to go.
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