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Hi guys,
So im thinking of giving my loop a clean up tonight when i get home, but im not just flushing it im actually deep cleaning everything. So since is first time i clean it im not quite sure, i was thinking cleaning everthing with normal hot water and then rinse every component with distilled water and dry it.

Will that do the job properly or is there any product i want to be using?

Thanks guys
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post #2 of 14
Tap water with a rinse of Distilled is fine. If you're using colored coolant there might be gunk built up in the block, might need a toothbrush or similar item to clean it out.
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post #3 of 14
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Yea, i want to get rid of the coolant, is nothing wrong with it and in fact my temps are great but i want rid of it because i dont know if on the long run is not going to taint and and ruin my loop. Only been in a few month and i was to dump it. So i got 5lt of distilled water and a silver coil, plus is a great excuse to mess about with my loop .
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post #4 of 14
hot water and maybe a little vinegar will purge your loop of almost anything, may as well open the block up and clean out in between the little fins (i have the same block and it had a couple little specks of something in it.... think it came from my new pump top since it was black and so were the specks)

edit: do not run the pump with hot water, because it has a max operating temp of something like 50c....
1. get some hot water
2. add vinegar, not much is needed, even 10% will do well as long as you dont have any serious build-up
3. repeat as many time as desired
4. let cool a little and rinse with distilled a few times
5....
6. PROFIT!
Edited by twich12 - 1/27/11 at 12:42am
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post #5 of 14
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Thanks for the tips ppl.
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post #6 of 14
I also like to use a battery operated soft bristle toothbrush/cheapo type, (you can get em from most any grocery store), the little vibration helps break up the little gunk without stressing the tiny bits.
 
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Originally Posted by twich12 View Post
hot water and maybe a little vinegar will purge your loop of almost anything, may as well open the block up and clean out in between the little fins (i have the same block and it had a couple little specks of something in it.... think it came from my new pump top since it was black and so were the specks)

edit: do not run the pump with hot water, because it has a max operating temp of something like 50c....
1. get some hot water
2. add vinegar, not much is needed, even 10% will do well as long as you dont have any serious build-up
3. repeat as many time as desired
4. let cool a little and rinse with distilled a few times
5....
6. PROFIT!
Exactly. Vinegar is the easy way.

A step further is to disassemble your blocks and scrub the fins/pins if they are present in your design. Also vacuum/blast/scrub your radiators and fans. In the future, change coolant quarterly to avoid nasties and losses in efficiency.
     
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post #8 of 14
HEY! stop the flush ...

NOTE: Use only White Vinegar.

Other food grade vinegars will leave a residue and can cause microbe growth in a loop.
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post #9 of 14
Last time I deep cleaned I just used water and a tooth brush. It is fine to use tap water if you rinse with distilled.

Also, if you have a bacteria infection, I find that detergent helps dislodge the bacteria. Do not use it on acryllic parts though, it WILL crack them.
    
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post #10 of 14
I soak mine for an hour. Fill u rad,block and res with alcohol and let it soak for an hour then rinse with destilled water.
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