Re: How do I clean my oil breather cap?
Gas is still the best of all, just be careful of that MTBE that's now put in gas, it rapidly absorbs through the skin, and is highly carcinogenic. Wear proper gloves.
Lacquer thinner is good too, but pricey. If its small, a can or two of carb cleaner is fine, be cautious of backspray when spraying something. I keep a small can of Chem dip that's too far gone to use on carburetors, and I soak small parts in that overnight. Even has a basket in the can.
You'd be surprised at what Dawn can get off. EPA uses it to clean crude oil off of birds and other wildlife. They use in a mix and spray it on rocks to remove oil. I don't know what's in it, but it works great. I have used it to degrease engine compartments.
The only thing I boil on a stove, is I bought an old pan at a yard sale for 50 cents, and after using cleaner on a carburetor I have broken down into parts, I put the parts into this pot of boiling soapy water, and let it simmer for 1 hour. Using tongs or pliers to remove the carburetor sections (they will be hot), I take them back outside then use carb cleaner again in the small holes and tubes. Sometimes those things get so clogged up that only soaking in hot water will soften up the sludge enough to allow the carb cleaner spray to finally remove it. I had a Carter AFB that refused to release the plug inside one of the idle passages. No chemical would remove it. Only boiling, then using compressed air unplugged it. Now it works just like new!
1962 Galaxie 500 XL 2 door hdtp. in chestnut/white, 390, ps, pb, ac