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    I bought an oil tank online used For my dry sump system that has been used as a coolant resivour. I didn't know this when I bought it and it has been too long to return it. Is there a way to remove the coolant residue. I can't get to every nook and cranny to scrub it out and I don't really want to see what a big amount of calcium will do to my bearings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Motomatt68 View Post
    I bought an oil tank online used For my dry sump system that has been used as a coolant resivour. I didn't know this when I bought it and it has been too long to return it. Is there a way to remove the coolant residue. I can't get to every nook and cranny to scrub it out and I don't really want to see what a big amount of calcium will do to my bearings.


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    Lime away or CLR might b worth a try

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    Quote Originally Posted by piston in the wind View Post
    Lime away or CLR might b worth a try
    That is what I also would try .
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    Oh and DAAAAA. Take it to a radiator shop and have it cleaned out if you can't get it clean to your liking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVILFORCE View Post
    Oh and DAAAAA. Take it to a radiator shop and have it cleaned out if you can't get it clean to your liking.
    Most of them have ultrasonic cleaners. X2

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    We dont have a radiator shop near here but I will find one and see what they say. I have used vinegar and the CLR. The vinegar sort of worked but not well. The CLR is still drying so I cant tell yet but I can see it is not perfect but better than the vinegar.

    How clean does it need to be to use? I ask this because I know that no matter how much work I put into cleaning there will be spots that I cant reach well enough and spots that I just cant see.

    Will the residue act like sand and kill the engine or will it just disolve and cause no problems or will the filter get it?

    I cant imagine that this is something that people have tested but I assume that some one will have some experience with something like this.

    Thanks, Matt.

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    My dry sump tank is a 2-piece unit

    Have you checked to see if you can split it and really get it cleaned out.

    Using CLR we found it works best when keep wet and washed off while wet

    works great on stainless steel exhaust tips and steering linkage.
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    Yes I can split it. That is how I realized that I had a problem. I got some CLR and have tomorrow off so I will attack it with that and some serious elbow grease. I guess I was hoping for some sort of magic solution.

    Thanks, Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motomatt68 View Post
    Yes I can split it. That is how I realized that I had a problem. I got some CLR and have tomorrow off so I will attack it with that and some serious elbow grease. I guess I was hoping for some sort of magic solution.

    Thanks, Matt.
    No magic Matt. But it never hurts to let it soak fully submerged over night. Maybe even a little longer.

    Wanna bet someone used it as a closed system exchanger for a small engine?
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    muratic acid for cleaning pools? any body know if that will work? or radiator flush from the auto parts store?

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    Muratic acid should work fine, what kind of tank is it, stainless steel, steel chromed, aluminum? Muratic acid might eat up an aluminum tank and might leave stain marks on chrome.

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    I Used CLR and a green scrubbie and got most of it. If I couldn't get it off with that I don't think it is going anywhere. It is an aluminum tank. The oil will go straight through the filter before going to the engine si if I missed anything that will come loose I should be good but I really attacked it and went through every nook and cranny. I should be good.

    Thanks for the replies, Matt.

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