How to clean radiator fins?

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  1. XxWickedz28xX

    XxWickedz28xX Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I have the heavy duty radiator in my 79, but the bottom 2 inches of it has tons of dirt packed into the fins. I have coil cleaner at work, would this do the job, with the help of some water?
     
  2. rscamaro73

    rscamaro73 Administrator Staff Member

    Pressure washer.....then maybe a fin comb to straighten them out....
     
  3. XxWickedz28xX

    XxWickedz28xX Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Ive seen what the pressure washer does to the radiators. I dont have nearly enough patience to use the fin comb to straighten them out. [​IMG]
     
  4. Smoke

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    Spray plenty of engine de-greaser and let soak for a few minutes then wash with garden hose. This is what radiator places use to clean them.

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    Bob

    1981 Z28 305/4sp. Black with all options and build sheet
     
  5. 73454

    73454 Guest

    Low pressure with high volume is what you want. The garden hose is an excellent example of this. A bucket of water also works nicely from the opposite side (the back).
     
  6. midnight motor

    midnight motor Veteran Member

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  7. rscamaro73

    rscamaro73 Administrator Staff Member


    Sorry, but that's funny (the pattern and all). Of course not 'FULL ON' and 3 inches away...I'd do it from at LEAST a foot with a wide spray pattern....
     

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