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Is Non-Destructive Cleaning Critical? ARMEX is the Only Choice

When part specifications and surface tolerances cannot change, the only blasting abrasive to use is ARMEX. The gentle physical propriety of baking soda, yet aggressive cleaning ability is what makes ARMEX the only choice.

Engine Shops Are Cleaning Up

We’re engine builders and we live to get a little grease on our hands, right? While this is true, there is no harm in keeping your shop clean. In fact, there are numerous benefits to keeping your shop organized and clean. It makes a direct impact on efficiency, morale, the environment and most importantly, the customer.

Cleaning Engine Parts

Cleaning is a time consuming, expensive process for most rebuilders. According to Engine Builder’s most recent Machine Shop Market Profile, rebuilders say they spend more than 15 percent of their total production time in cleaning. Safer, less toxic methods continue to gain a foothold in today’s professional shops.

Cleaning Out Crankshaft Sludge Traps

The importance of properly cleaning out the sludge traps in a crankshaft goes without saying. John Edwards at Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop explains how its done on a Fiat crankshaft.

Thermal Cleaning a Cast Iron Intake Manifold

John Edwards at Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop shows you how to perform thermal cleaning on a Small Block Chevy intake manifold  using the Sunnenn TCS (thermal cleaning system).

Cleaning Engine Blocks & Engine Cylinder Heads

Cleaning engine blocks and cylinder heads is just as important as the machining operations you will perform on the castings. You can’t do a thorough job of inspecting these parts if they are dirty, greasy or covered with paint or corrosion. Checking for cracks in cast iron heads and blocks requires a clean surface for

Green Strategies: Cleaning Techniques & Equipment

It may seem that there’s nothing natural about cleaning an engine. Even after the couple of hours of cleaning time, the engine might be cleaner than the tech working on it – but the engine still needs cleaned (and so does the cleaning crew from time to time). We are long from the days of

Intake Manifold Cleaning Caution (#1)

If piston failure occurs in this engine, it is possible for broken pieces of piston to end up in the intake plenum. This is due to the design of the engine, which has tuned runners with the plenum located below the runners. The piston pieces may be ingested into the engine if they aren’t removed

Cleaning Engine Parts: Can You? Should You?

Here’s the kicker – those shops who feel that proper cleaning is too difficult, too time consuming or too expensive are actually leaving money on table when it comes to their engine parts. “At one point in my career, cleaning seemed like it was really difficult,” says Dave Arce of Arce Enterprises, El Cajon, CA.

Making Dollars and Sense Cleaning Blocks, Heads

Unless you’re starting with all new parts, cleaning is as important to your engine build as disassembly, inspection, machining and reassembly. Without taking the cylinder heads and engine blocks down to bare metal, you can’t properly inspect the castings for cracks, wear and other defects. For something so important, proper cleaning technique is often misunderstood, overlooked

Cleaning Cylinder Heads and Blocks

The cleaning process should remove all of the dirt, grease, oil, rust, scale and carbon deposits that have accumulated over the years. With painted castings, the old paint also has to be stripped away so the surface can be repainted. Even if you’re working with brand new castings, a final cleaning is still necessary after

Media and Solutions For Cleaning Engine Parts

One essential aspect of engine building and rebuilding that cannot be avoided is the need for cleaning. Used engine parts have to be cleaned before they can be inspected. Parts that will be reused also have to be cleaned to remove dirt, grease, oil, carbon, rust, scale and other gunk that could contaminate a newly

Cleaning Up In The Shop

In fact, it can be very difficult to make an accurate diagnosis of what’s wrong with an engine until it’s clean. You may be able to recognize some failed parts, you can often see large cracks or obvious damage, but you’re really only assuming you know what caused a failure if you can’t see for

High Tech Cleaning Options

Yet while machining tolerances and performance expectations have changed dramatically over the past few decades, when it comes to getting parts clean, many of those high-tech shops struggle with the same technology they used 30 years ago. The simple fact is, times have changed for parts cleaning, and so have the methods. Engine builders have