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Bought a 2007 Rancher and it looks like the lady never cleaned the radiator. Is there a product that would aid me in breaking up the dirt? I'm going to hit it with a hose but looking for a little help in addition to the garden hose



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It doesn't look greasy, so I'd soak it down with soapy water and hose it out carefully. Maybe hit it with some compressed air too. Just don't bend or break the fragile core separators by using too much pressure. If its still dirty after that you can use some mineral spirits or some alcohol to loosen up the grime and wash it with soapy water again. Doesn't look like much grime on there to me, just some cottonwood and dandelion or whatever flies around in the air in your area matted all over it...?
 

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Years of dust and moisture accumulating on it and not ever being cleaned. Think denatured alcohol might do a good job also, along with soap and water?


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I'd stick with soapy water and a water hose/compressed air rinse the first try. Soapy water is less invasive... less likely to loosen the paint.
 

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buy some foaming coil cleaner for use on air conditioning units... works great for me I used it on a radiator at least that bad and one applocation made a huge difference and the second one it looked basically like new.
 

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Wait until the wife has gone shopping and put it in the dishwasher ;-)
 

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buy some foaming coil cleaner for use on air conditioning units... works great for me I used it on a radiator at least that bad and one applocation made a huge difference and the second one it looked basically like new.


Used some today but this stuff is basically cooked into the coils and it didn't work, BUT I also don't have water where I keep the bike stored so I'm going to try again when I get the bike where I can hit it with water


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buy some foaming coil cleaner for use on air conditioning units... works great for me I used it on a radiator at least that bad and one applocation made a huge difference and the second one it looked basically like new.
I've used that to clean equipment radiators and ac condensers, works great! The dishwasher ? I reckon if they do damage to dryed caked on food, should work great on dryed caked on mud and crud.....
 

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The dishwasher does actually work, I remember my cousin bunging an intercooler in his mothers dishwasher some years back. Got all the oily residue and gunk out of the fins very well without folding the fins like a jet wash would do.

Remember to put the dishwasher on a cycle afterwards though, the muddy cutlery may lead to a suspicious wife!!
 

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About an hour of degreaser, condenser cleaner and a good stream of water cleaned it up pretty good but still needs a little more work.


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Remember to put the dishwasher on a cycle afterwards though, the muddy cutlery may lead to a suspicious wife!!
@SamUK you might not want the future better half see this ........lol :grin
 

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Remember to put the dishwasher on a cycle afterwards though, the muddy cutlery may lead to a suspicious wife!!
@SamUK you might not want the future better half see this ........lol :grin
It's a good job all of our ATV's are air cooled at the minute :laugh:
 
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Simple green, etc., along with soap/water will get it looking like new. Do avoid any temptation of a "pressure washer" because that will bend over the light weight fins.
 
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