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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-07-2019, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the Sump

Now that I got my car running again I went to put the sump guard back on and decided I needed to clean off the sump and guard. What a mess! The guard wasn't too bad, using solvent and a paint scraper but the finned sump was tough. I ended up using a screwdriver between the fins and its still not great.

I suppose I can spray it at the self wash but its hard to get at. How do you guys keep the sump clean?

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Initially it needs a lot of elbow grease. I use spray on engine degreaser & brake cleaner spray. Borrow your mother-in-laws toothbrush to get in between the fins. Wear gloves (you don't want to catch any diseases from your mother-in-law...).

Once you get it clean, regular maintenance is a lot easier. Clean it after each oil change before the crud has a chance to accumulate and turn into oily concrete.
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I've been dealing with the same thick decades old oil and dirt and agree with Ghnl (Eric) and want to add using a McCulloch steam cleaner has helped a lot. It's still a fiddly job but at least you get the healing properties of steam infused with oil and antique road grime.

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Why didn't I think of that, I've even got a toothbrush in my toolbox, though I expect it will take more than 1!

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I have both a spider with a guard and with out. I was kind of worried at first with my current Alfa do to the fact of it does not have a guard. 4 years later never came close to having any issues. Long store short I say no guard. This allows you to clean the oil pan after every oil changes.


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The roads here in Denver can be pretty bad in places. A couple of years back I went over some sunken light rail tracks and managed to put a dent in the hood. Fortunately the guard protected the sump from real damage. Even though I'm pretty careful, all it takes is 1 moment of inattention.

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Now that I got my car running again I went to put the sump guard back on and decided I needed to clean off the sump and guard. What a mess! The guard wasn't too bad, using solvent and a paint scraper but the finned sump was tough. I ended up using a screwdriver between the fins and its still not great.

I suppose I can spray it at the self wash but its hard to get at. How do you guys keep the sump clean?

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Suggest, when it is oil change time, that you remove the lower sump component so you can easily clean it on your bench or if you are lucky in a parts washing sink. Might still need the mother-in-laws tooth brush

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use a brass wire brush such as one used to clean up welds. they cost about 75 cents here in san diego and you can buy em at harbor freight.

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I begin by attacking it with this degreaser: https://www.dollartree.com/bulk/Degreaser

A buddy turned me on to it because the excellent result he had with it cleaning his parts cleaning machine. I'll spray it on, let it dwell, agitate with a brush and then use hot water in a gallon pump-up sprayer to clean it off.

If I'm not making progress, I'll use a gelled hand cleaner (original "gojo" non-pumice), apply it thick and let it sit for quite awhile. Agitate, then, again, spray with hot water.

A face shield is a nice addition to the personal protection equipment during this bit of work.

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Purple Power, flat screw driver and your mother in law's best hand towels. Don't let it sit on the aluminum long and use BrakeKeen to go over it again.

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This is the stuff I've been using for a long time. Using 100% will damage paint. I always have a 50% (88) - 50% (water) spray bottle in the shop. Makes for great hand cleaner (50%) too.

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