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Old 05-02-2017, 09:57 AM   #1
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Follow up to side radiator cleaning

Thanks for your initial answers. Must I remove the grate on the outside of the radiator first on my 2008 alllegro bus and is there an easy way to do it where it flips open or is it screwed on? Also, I see posts that you have to spray it and hose it from the back side of the radiator, is that necessary on a side radiator and even possible? Looks pretty tight up there where the fan is. I got some simple green extreme and leave on saturday so thanks for your help
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:08 PM   #2
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Because the air is drawn in from the outside, you should clean it by blowing water or air in the opposite direction. Just common sense IMHO.
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Radiator cleaning

While attending the freightliner class in Gafney, SC. The instructor told us that he did some research on Simple Green and found out that it reacts with aluminium. He wrote Simple Green and they informed him that when cleaning aluminium radiator fins they suggest using Simple Green Pro. The instructor stated that the email from Simple Green also stated the original Simple Green should not be used on radiators. You can get Simple Green Pro at Home Depot.
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If you have access to a high volume air compressor, I would suggest blowing your rad out before you use any water. Water may cause the debris in the fins to expand and will not come out. We always used air first on the highway trucks. Then pressure washer. Be aware that stuff can be trapped between rad core, charge air cooler and AC condenser.
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It was easy enough to remove the crate on my 02 Bus, 6 screws holding on the Grate...
FOCUS on the Grate not the panel.
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