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Efficient solvent for cleaning intercooler

Whats a good solvent for cleaning the intercooler and associated piping of oil from prior oiled filter use?

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Simple Green works well.

Anything citrus based will clean it out as well.

Good hot water and soap do quite fine.

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I agree with Ray. When I cleaned the intercooler from my 99 I poured half a bottle of simple green into it and chased it with hot water. I capped off the ends with plastic lids and duct tape and shook the bejezzus outa it. Dumped the nasty looking water out, flushed again with hot water, then let it air dry. I didn't put a fan on it because I didn't want dust blowing into it.

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Awesome. Thanks guys.

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I use Oil Eater. Simple Green has nothing on this stuff. Non-toxic as well.

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Is cleaning the intercooler possible still in the truck?

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Got it out finally. Used what I had on hand and it did pretty good, threw in 2 bottles of la's totally awesome and capped the ends. Rinsed it twice with hot soapy water as well.

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When cleaning your self is not an option, a radiator shop is a quick option. also if there has ever been a turbo compressor failure you want to only flow the wash reverse to air flow.
On a real dirty one I have put in a couple of gallons of solvent and let it soak and rinse it out then wash with the best soap you can find, I prefer the citrus type cleaners, I buy those in bulk.
After you have cleaned it you want to test it, 35lbs air and when the air is shut off it must not loose any more than 4 lbs in 15 seconds. All boots, you want to clean and wipe them. and when installing use soapy water to insure the clamps tighten evenly around the full circumference of the clamp.
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Every diesel ive owned ive always pulled my intercooler piping prior to doing ccv mod to get all of the rerouted oil out of my tubes. I simply remove all the piping. Clean teh boots and clamps. For the pipes I use citrus based cleaner and spray the inside of the piping, take a coat hanger and cloth and clean all the residue out and then a second pass with soap and water and then just a dry clean rag. Let the pipes dry overnight and then use hairspray on the insides of the boots to help them stick to the piping and not blow off under load.
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Hairspray would've been a nice touch. I just tightened my clamps down until they didnt move. The intercooler was a b* to get out.

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