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    Cheers!

    Here's what you can expect when you clean a PA 120.3 rad with 5% distilled white vinegar.



    I'm now on my sixth pass and third gallon of vinegar and somehow not feeling incredibly optimistic that this will be the time when I get clear vinegar coming out. It just doesn't seem to be getting any better.

    At least the fifth time appears to have less sediment settled at the bottom - but then again maybe I just haven't given it enough time to settle.

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    haha, each time I soak, I then use the hose with flush out the rad, then put more vinegar in. Takes a little longer, but with the adjustable nozzle on the hose I can get some decent water pressure going through the rad to help clean out residue.

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    So did you get vinegar coming out looking the way it went in with that method?

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    So did you get vinegar coming out looking the way it went in with that method?

    its still getting milky, but not as bad, less a little each time.

    When I do it, I use the pray nozzle on stream, and put it through both sides of the RAD.

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    i wouldnt worry isf the vinegar is milky... but if you let water pass through and it becomes milky, use more vinegar
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    I've heard Scrubbing Bubbles or something gets the job done in about 1 try. Maybe you can give that a try.

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    Have you tried filling with vinegar halfway and shaking the !@#*$&) out of the thing a couple of times? After about 10 good half fills + crazy shaking alternating water and vinegar (which pruned my fingers), I only needed one good 6 hour soak to get the rest out. Of course, I followed up with more shaky shaky and another soak for insurance and it's clean now. Currently, I am having my system flowing outside the computer until Core2Duo to find out if my tubing will get whitestained again.

    However, wierd thing is that I had a good bunch of black "specs" coming out of my PA120.3

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    i use SB and it cleaned well, i did it 2 times for about 5mins each... then i soaked in vinegar overnight, and the vinegar came out milky..


    when i did it, i put in a bit of water then sprayed foam into the funnel, then washed the foam into the rad. this time i will use straight foaminto the rad.

    FYI, the sprayer end fits onto 7/16 tubes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kninetik
    However, wierd thing is that I had a good bunch of black "specs" coming out of my PA120.3
    me too

    but for the first 3hr vinegar soak, some came out, then the SB soak #1 the rest came out.
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    Persevere! This is my what my 6th vinegar soak looks like and you can see the difference:





    Yeah it's a lot of work, but I'd say it's worth it.

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    I used denatured alcholol to flush a vehicle A/C Condenser once. I wonder if it's effective on PC rads also.

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    I use denatured alcohol with the vinegar and it is faster to clean the rad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vyper
    Persevere! This is my what my 6th vinegar soak looks like and you can see the difference:





    Yeah it's a lot of work, but I'd say it's worth it.
    Congrats to you! That is really sparkling clean water!

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    Very patient...
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    My curse ends

    Keeping on topic... 6 seems to be the magic number to how many wipes of vinagar is needed. Cleaning the rad is soo tedious and a true test of patience but I passed and so can you!

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    I assume this would work on a heater core as well?
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    distilled white vinegar , hmm ok will have to go and buy that. i just used normal vinegar on my gt 240 rad and that cleaned it very well. the tubing never went cloudy.

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    If you're using a thermochill, hot water is the best route to go according to Marci as they used water-soluble flux. That should help a lot with the cleaning.

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    NOOOOOOOOOO stop it!!!!!! NO VINEGAR!!! I don't think the no vinegar ONLY applies to thermochills lol use your brain.
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    I only mentioned thermochills because that's what the OP has lol. But yea, for others I would think isopropyl alcohol would be best.

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