In short, they are not. If you are wearing a pair of nitrile gloves while you’re doing your cleaning, they will hold up just fine to brake cleaner but will quickly turn into goo if you’re using carburetor cleaner. Brake cleaner is for cleaning brakes, while carburetor cleaner is for cleaning carburetors. While yes, we are being sarcastic, it’s important to think about what each component requires when cleaning.
In this article, we’ll talk about the difference between brake cleaner and carburetor cleaner and when you should use each. We’ll also suggest some PJ1 Products to fit your cleaning job!
Your Guide to Brake Cleaner and Carburetor Cleaner | What’s the Difference?
When cleaning brake parts you want to remove any unwanted dirt and debris, but you especially want to remove oil. Oil on your brakes tends to have the opposite effect of braking and can cause a big problem.
When you’re cleaning your carburetor, you want to remove dirt, but you also may need to dissolve stubborn build up. However, a little oil left on some surfaces can help your carburetor function properly by freeing up stuck valves or linkages.
Brake components require a completely oil-free surface, so it’s important to clean them with a proper brake cleaner. PJ1 Brake Cleaner is a professional formula with a high-pressure spray that will perfectly clean your brake components, leaving them completely oil-free and ready for maximum braking power. Beware that this cleaner is extremely powerful and may damage rubber, plastics, painted surfaces, or electrical components, so it should be used carefully and only on non-painted metal components.
If you do have electrical components that need to be cleaned, use PJ1 Contact Cleaner! This cleaner can remove carbon build-up, dirt, and dust from electrical components without harming them.
PJ1 Carburetor Cleaner is specially formulated for cleaning varnish and tough deposits out of your carburetor, freeing stuck components, allowing your carburetor to function like new! This cleaner is also safe for rubber, vinyl, and neoprene. If your carburetor has these types of seals or gaskets, you won’t need to rebuild your carburetor after cleaning. While PJ1 Carburetor Cleaner may be less harmful to some surfaces than PJ1 Brake Cleaner, we recommend testing it on a small area first and keeping it away from plastics and painted surfaces.
Which Product Is Right for Your Needs?
Now that you know the difference between brake cleaner and carburetor cleaner, it’s time to get to work! No matter what type of cleaning solution you need, PJ1 Powersports has a product for you. You can purchase our Brake Cleaner, Contact Cleaner, or Carburetor Cleaner online or locate it at a local automotive retailer.
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