Tip & How-To about Miscellaneous
I was speaking with a friend who I used to work with many moons ago and he reminded me of a day where I almost killed everybody in the shop. A customer came in and asked for a fuel system cleaning. This service included cleaning the throttle body. I got to work on taking the intake pipe off to clean the throttle plate and the inside of the throttle body. The can of intake cleaner that came with the kit must have leaked or something because when I tried spraying it, nothing happened. I had a can of brake cleaner sitting in my box and thought "same stuff, probably". I sprayed the cr@p out of the intake and had that thing gleaming. The last part of the service involves running the engine with a chemical drip into the intake through a vacuum line. I set it all up and got into the car to start it. The engine fought me (I'd flooded it with spray) but eventually it started. When it did, it burped out the biggest, whitest cloud of evil I'd ever seen. The bay door was open because the exhaust vacuum wasn't working but a gust of wind pushed that cloud right into the shop. Everyone was instantly coughing, eyes burning, couldn't breathe, couldn't see. I got down on the floor and crawled to all the bay doors and opened them. After all was said and done, I found out that when brake cleaner burns, it releases crazy poisonous gasses. It's like tear gas. When you're cleaning your intake, make sure you're using the right stuff.
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