[ROVERNET - UK] De-coking a rover V8

Kent Kinard kkinard at swbell.net
Wed Feb 8 01:47:31 GMT 2006

Hi Gavin,
Almost anything strong enough to soften carbon will damage aluminium.  I 
noted that there is a caution on this pressure pack also against use on 
aluminium, but I have never had problems with this product.  I also 
haven't let it sit for more than half an hour without flushing and 
reapplying.  The only contents I could find  said "contains 
monoethanolamine."  I would hesitate to use anything that is not an 
identical product so we better just say forget it.  Sorry for the time 

Kent K.

Gavin.Walker at csiro.au wrote:
> Hi Kent,
>   I took a look through woolies yesterday and could not find "easy off
> blue".  Oven cleaners were pretty much all in pressure packs.  Most
> contained significant amounts of NaOH.  One claimed to be "non-caustic",
> however the back warned of strong alkaline salts.  Since when are strong
> alkaline salts "non-caustic"?  Other cleaners for stovetops were citrus
> based but warned against used with aluminium.  In the "easy off" line
> woolies stocked "bam" and "degreaser", the later cautioning used with
> aluminium.  Got me confused, so I haven't bought/tried anything yet.
> The V8 upper cylinder kit I bought comes with silvered tin head gaskets.
> Why should I remove the silver coating?  It also came with gaskets for
> both SU and Stromberg carburettors.  Having played with both I'm
> struggling to see where I use some of it.  The kit contains little round
> rubber washers, o-rings, copper compression rings.  No idea where the
> latter would go.  Didn't come with any exhaust manifold gaskets, though
> I kept asking the shop about those, will have to get them separately.
> Lastly I finally got the EGR valve out.  It wasn't connected and just
> got in the way.  Now have a suitable replacement bolt.
> Gavin Walker
> Canberra, Australia
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