A customer who purchased a 9 litre touch screen control ultrasonic cleaner sent us “before and after” photographs shown below. They show part of a rocker shaft assembly from a 50 year old Triumph TR6 engine during a major rebuild.
The difference between before and after being placed in the ultrasonic bath is significant. The ultrasonic cleaning fluid used is formulated specifically for cleaning and alloy engine components and can safely be used on most engine parts. The running for the ultrasonic tank was around 20 minutes and the fluid was heated to 60 degrees centigrade.
One of our customers kindly sent some photographs of his Honda CB350 / 4 carburettors before and after cleaning with an ultrasonic cleaner.
One of our customers kindly emailed some photographs of his Honda CB350/4 carburettor before and after being cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. The text below is from his email.
“I Just used my 6 Ltr ultrasonic bath for the first time on some old carbs. The carbs are from a 1972 Honda CB350/4 and they were all quite badly gummed up. I used the carb cleaning solution diluted as instructed (10:1) and heated the water to 65 centigrade. I cleaned them (the bike has 4) one at a time for just 20 minutes each. Please find attached 5 before and 5 after pictures of the dirtiest carburettor. Regards, Peter“. Honda CB350/4 carburettor cleaning.
The model Peter bought was a 6 Ltr ultrasonic cleaner with a simple dial adjustment for the time and temperature control. The carburettor cleaning fluid was included free.
Ultrasonic Carburettor cleaning fluid – how to mix it in the correct ratio using a coffee mug.
It might sound simple to suggest how to calculate the correct amount of ultrasonic carburettor cleaning fluid to mix with water, but it’s an important aspect of the ultrasonic cleaning process and worth a few lines explaining how to get it right.
The carburettor cleaning solution is a concentrated solution and needs to be diluted (mixed) with water in a ratio of 10:1. That means for every ten parts of water, you need to add 1 part of concentrated solution. Applying that formula into the real world we need to know how many glugs of fluid to add to an ultrasonic tank and that of course will vary with the tank size.
How to mix carburettor cleaning fluid.
Let’s look at different size ultrasonic tanks and calculate how much cleaning solution to mix with water for each size of tank.
NOTE:Don’t fill the tank to the very top because when you put your carburettor in the fluid, the displacement (over spill) will run over your worktop.
3 Litre ultrasonic tank
3 litre = 3,000 ml. Mixing the fluid at 10:1 means you need 300 ml of cleaning fluid. And the easiest way to measure 300 ml is you use a normal coffee mug. A coffee mug holds 300 ml. Perfect! Add one full mug of carburettor cleaning fluid to your 3 Ltr ultrasonic cleaner and then fill the tank with water to the fill line which is about 20 mm from the top of the tank. Done. Simple as that.
6 litre ultrasonic tank
6 litre = 6,000 ml. Mixing the carburettor cleaning fluid at 10:1 ratio means that you need 600 ml of cleaning fluid. A coffee mug holds 300 ml. Add 2 x mugs of carburettor cleaning fluid to your 6 Ltr ultrasonic cleaner and then fill the tank with water up to the fill line which is about 20 mm from the top of the tank.
9 litre ultrasonic tank
9 litre = 9,000 ml. Mixing the fluid at 10:1 means that you need 900 ml of cleaning fluid. A coffee mug holds 300 ml. Add 3 x mugs of carburettor cleaning fluid to your 9 Ltr ultrasonic cleaner and then fill the tank with water up to the fill line which is about 20 mm from the top of the tank.
13 litre ultrasonic tank
13 litre = 13,000 ml. Mixing the fluid at 10:1 means that you need 1300 ml of cleaning fluid. A coffee mug holds 300 ml. Add 4.5 x mugs of carburettor cleaning fluid to your 13 Ltr ultrasonic cleaner and fill the tank with water up to the fill line which is about 20 mm from the top of the tank.
20 litre ultrasonic tank
20 litre = 20,000 ml. Mixing the fluid at 10:1 means that you need 2000 ml of cleaning fluid. A coffee mug holds 300 ml. Add 6.5 x mugs of carburettor cleaning fluid to your 20 Ltr ultrasonic cleaner and then fill the tank with water up to the fill line which is about 20 mm from the top of the tank.
Its not vital that the mix is accurate and if you have a heavily soiled carb, you might want to add an extra half a mug of cleaning fluid to a smaller ultrasonic cleaner (3 & 6 litre) and another couple of mugs full to a 20 litre machine.
And finally, the obligatory health and safety note. As much as I love the fluids that we sell, I wouldn’t want to digest it. If you intend to drink from the coffee mug used for measuring, pleas wash it first.
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Ultrasonic carburettor cleaning fluid in 1 Ltr and 5Ltr bottles.
Our ultrasonic carburettor cleaning fluid is perfect for cleaning carbs, valves, fuel injectors and engine parts etc. The carb cleaner safely and quickly removes contaminants including general soiling and dulling, oxidation, carbon, petrol residue and grease etc.
The fluid works very well with alloy and aluminium castings by removing physical dirt. Also it cosmetically removes the dulling that occurs over long periods of time. It won’t make a component look the same as when it was new, but results are very impressive. The cleaning process won’t damage, corrode or darken metal components. It is safe for brass, aluminium and other sensitive metals and rubber O rings.
Using the concentrated fluid
Mix the concentrated fluid 1 part solution to 10 parts water. (1 Ltr bottle will make 10 Ltr of working solution). Keep using the fluid until it looks dirty. There’s no rule about when to change it, however an ultrasonic cleaner is for deep cleaning. When the solution looks like pea soup, it’s time for a new mix.
Mix the concentrated carburettor cleaning fluid with water at a ratio of 10:1 (10 parts water to 10 parts cleaning fluid). For heavily soiled components, the ratio can be strengthened to 7:1. The working temperature on the ultrasonic cleaner should be between 50 – 80 degrees centigrade. After cleaning, rinse the parts with clean water and leave to dry.
For more detail on mixing the carburettor cleaner click HERE
Ultrasonic cleaning of carburettors off a Yamaha FZR600 motorcycle.
Yamaha FZR 600 carburettor cleaning. The set of photos sent to us by a customer after before, during and after cleaning the carbs in an ultrasonic cleaner. The cleaning time was about 20 minutes using our carburettor cleaning fluid.
A bikers guide how to clean a carburettor with an ultrasonic cleaner. Which size and model to buy?
ultrasonic carburettor cleaning
This is a bikers guide to buying an ultrasonic cleaner for carburettors, explaining how to select the best model for you. A grain of sand in a carburettor can stop the most powerful of motorbike engines. In the World of carburettors, cleanliness is king.
Carburettor cleaning back in the day.
I have owned motorcycles for more years than I like to admit and have rebuilt a few engines including a vintage BSA Bantam (D2), Norton Commando 750 (fastback) and a Ducati (250 Desmo). Back in the day I would soak the carburettor in a bucket of Jizer type degreasing solution for an hour or two, rinse with water and finally blow it off with an air gun. Simple, but not really very effective carb cleaning.
Ultrasonic carb cleaning today.
Technology has advanced over the last few decades. As a result when it comes to cleaning a motorbike carburettor and engine components, the best practice is with an ultrasonic cleaner. Ultrasonic cleaners have a component called a transducer. This is the part that generates ultrasonic sound waves. The sound waves produce microscopic bubbles that very effectively dislodge dirt, grime and petrol residue from the intricate parts of a carburettor that would otherwise be difficult to get to.
Which size ultrasonic cleaner?
Price is always a factor and when deciding which ultrasonic cleaner to buy, but I have a mantra about the selection process – SIZE MATTERS. I can’t say that often or loud enough, so I will repeat it, SIZE MATTERS.
Measure your carb twice, purchase once.
Several customers purchase a machine after guessing or estimating their carb will fit into a particular size ultrasonic cleaner. As a result when delivered, they discover it’s too small and want to exchange it. That isn’t a problem, but it costs the customer money to return it and it’s a bit of faffing around. The golden rule: measure twice, purchase once.
Try and get it right first time by measuring the overall dimensions of your carburettor. However this isn’t always possible especially if the carbs are still bolted to the engine. In this situation it’s a “best guesstimate”. As you will be removing some of the carb parts such as float bowls, slides, jets etc the overall size of required tank might be smaller.
If you can afford it, select an ultrasonic carburettor cleaner a bit bigger than you estimate. Trying to shoehorn a large carb into a small tank results in the cleaning being less efficient. By placing the carb into a larger tank it allows the ultrasonic waves to travel more evenly and easily. As the saying goes, “what will hold more will hold less”.
submerged in the tank
after ultrasonic cleaning
dirt removed by the cleaner
Which functions do I need?
There are three versions for most sizes of ultrasonic cleaner. In summary, the more money you pay, the greater the control over the cleaning process.
The “manual” (dial adjustment) has limited control. The “digital” range gives you full control over all aspects of the cleaning operation and importantly, you have an LED display showing the temperature of the water (it helps stop the operator plunging their hand into hot water). In addition the degassing model can give a deeper clean.
At the heart of any ultrasonic cleaner is a transducer. This is the component that produces the ultrasonic cleaning waves. The more transducers fitted to an ultrasonic bath, the better the cleaning will be. If you want to clean a bank of 4 carburettors off a motorbike but don’t want to separate them, the 20 litre model will be the best size for you.
The analogue adjustment ultrasonic carburettor cleaner has a simple knob / dial to set the cleaning time (0-20 minutes) and another knob for the temperature adjustment (20 – 80 degrees C). There is no LED display.
These models have a push button to set the cleaning time (0-99 minutes) and temperature (0 – 80 degrees C) with an LED display. The cleaning can be stopped mid-cycle and the temperature shows both the target temperature and actual water in the tank. In a workplace environment and working with hot water, there might be a health and safety implication that requires the tank temperature to be visible to prevent scalding to an employee.
Digital adjustment with degassing
Degassing is an addition function which after a change a cleaning solution, quickly removes air from the liquid. It makes the cleaning process more effective and is especially useful when cleaning motorbike carburettors. With some degassing models the cleaning power can be reduced by 50%. This is so that delicate products can be cleaned gently. However, for ultrasonic carb cleaning, the lower power function isn’t needed.
The cleaning fluid
Picking the correct ultrasonic cleaning fluid is as important as the machine itself. The fluids we sell are specifically formulated to work well in an ultrasonic tank. Specifically, the carburettor cleaning fluid is made to work with alloys and alloy castings. It removes petrol residue and brightens dull castings. More information (and you can also purchase) on the fluid HERE.
Using the ultrasonic carb cleaner.
Using an motorbike carb cleaner requires no special knowledge or skill. All you need is water and a specific cleaning fluid to put into the tank. The cleaner is then plugged into a domestic power socket and the built-in heater raises the temperature of the water & cleaning solution mixture to around 60 degrees centigrade (maximum 80 degrees).
Honda CB350/4 carbs. Before and after cleaning.
Get it submerged.
After removing float bowls and jets, place your dismantled carb into the tank and turn on the ultrasonic control. Normally around 15-20 minutes is sufficient cleaning time. If the carb has not been used for many years you can leave the tank buzzing for up to 40 minutes. Leaving it in for longer will not damage it.
If parts of a carb will protrude above the water level. This isn’t a problem. Many customers simply turn the carburetor through 180 degrees and turn it on again.
After ultrasonic cleaning.
Remove the carburettor, rinse and leave it to dry. The carb will now be deep cleaned internally and externally the casting should look bright and clean. NOTE: Some alloy castings were dull when new. The ultrasonic cleaning process can’t make an old carb look better than the day it was new.
If you look through all the ultrasonic tanks we sell, the choice can be a little confusing. Below I have listed the most commonly purchased Ultrasonic Cleaners for cleaning motorbike carbs.
The 3 Ltr tanks are good for individual carburettors. A 6 or 9 litre tank will clean bigger individual carbs. If you need to clean a bank of 3 , 4 or 6 without splitting them, you’ll need a 20 Ltr size as a minimum.
When you buy any professional ultrasonic cleaner from us, you will get a free 1Ltr of cleaning solution.
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We supply everything so that you can use your new ultrasonic cleaner straight out of the box. Our prices include VAT, UK delivery, a stainless steel basket, lid and free ultrasonic cleaning fluid (1 Ltr). There is nothing more to pay.