Is Brake Cleaner and Carburetor Cleaner the Same?

In short, no 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.  In this article, we’ll talk about the difference between brake cleaner and carburetor cleaner and when you should use each.

Brake cleaner is for cleaning brakes and carburetor cleaner is for cleaning carburetors.  While yes, we are being sarcastic, it’s important to think about what each component requires when cleaning.  When cleaning brake parts you of coarse want any unwanted dirt and debris removed but you especially want oil removed.  Oil on your brakes tends to have the opposite effect of braking and can cause a big problem. On the other hand, when you’re cleaning your carburetor you similarly want dirt removed but you also may need to dissolve stubborn build up and at the end of the day, a little oil left on some surfaces might just help your carburetor function properly by free up stuck valves or linkages.

Since a completely oil-free surface is a requirement of brake components, it’s always important to clean them with 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.  However, this cleaned is extremely powerful and may damage rubber, plastics, painted surfaces or electrical components so it should be used carefully and only on not painted metal components.

If you do have electrical components that need to be cleaned use PJ1 Contact Cleaner!  PJ1 Contact cleaner can remove carbon build-up dirt and dust from electrical components without harming them. 

PJ1 Carburetor Cleaner is specially formulated for cleaning the varnish and tough deposits out of your carburetor to free stuck components and return your carb to like-new function!  PJ1 Carburetor cleaner is also safe for rubber, vinyl and neoprene so 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 as well.