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    Default What should I use to clean a gunked up radiator

    Hey guys,

    planning to pull out my radiator to clean it. The stupid power steering cooler in front of the rad leaked and now a good part of the bottom of the radiator is all clogged and dirty.
    what is the safest thing to use to clean a radiator?
    I've read some people using brake fluid cleaner or oven cleaner.
    What is safest thing to apply to the fins? Simple Green is caustic for the aluminum fins.
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    Brake clean only. Don't pressure wash it, or you'll bend the fins over. Oven cleaner will eat the aluminum, much much faster than simple green ever could.

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    ok, thanks.
    However, some over spray of brake cleaner onto plastics and rubbers should be ok?
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    Try to minimize how much brake cleaner you get into any rubber, plastic or painted parts, and rinse well immediately afterwards.
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