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post #1 of 6 Old Oct 9th, 2006, 12:13 pm Thread Starter
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Cleaning Radiator Fins?

I had some radiator screens made. Before installing I need to do a thorough cleaning of the radiators grills, as they have become quite gummed up with bugs etc. Looking over the options it appears I will have to take the tupperware off to get access to the back side of the radiators to blow everything forward and out.

Removing the panels is not a big problem. But if someone out there has a creative way of accomplishing the task without removing the tupperware I am all ears?

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That's good for the surface stuff but I need to get to the smaller debris that is further in. If I have to remove the tupperware it will give me another reason to do a thorough cleaning of those areas you can not get to otherwise. I was thinking about just blowing it on through from the front but more than likely it will just lodge it in more tightly. Was hoping that someone has come across a spray-on bug solvent or some other creative way to do it.

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Hi,

I use cans of "air duster" for cleaning IT equipment, and I would have thought a can of this stuff could be modified with a longer nossle to get round behind the grill to blow the bugs out forwards. Or some sort of small flexible hose attached to a low pressure air compressor?

just an idea, no doubt someone will come up with a neater solution.

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I use my big compressor with a long air gun. Stick it thru the vents on the back side and blow away. If you take off the side panels, you'll be basically doing the same thang, so why go there? Unless you move the gas tank back and seperate the radiators from the frame, that is.



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That's what I did. I have a commercial air compressor at my home so removed the side panels and put an 18" air nozzle tip past the fans to blow out most of it. Then sprayed the front of radiators with some K-100 cleaner, waited two minutes and flushed everything from the front back so not to damage the fans. Surprised at the amount of crud that came out on the water flush. Also straighten two areas that must have been hit by two small rocks or armored beetles. Those radiator fins are extremely flexible, as it took no effort with a needle nose pick to re-align them. Will put the screens on and add this item to my checklist. Thanks all that provided input.

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I use my big compressor with a long air gun. Stick it thru the vents on the back side and blow away. If you take off the side panels, you'll be basically doing the same thang, so why go there? Unless you move the gas tank back and seperate the radiators from the frame, that is.

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