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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 07:15 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys, been trying to find info on here and other places, but there seem to be so much conflicting information that I am not sure what to do.
The Problem is my temps are not very good atm, and I havent cleaned the loop in a loooong time, so I am guessing I need to do that...
But how thorough do I have to be?
Some people suggest to take apart everything, soak all the different blocks in lemonjuice/bleach/vinegar, change the tubes etcetera.
I could do any of those things, But I really do not want to remove the two GPU blocks I have and reattach them, as I'm afraid I will screw something up.
Is it doable to just flush the loop after draining it with some kind of cleaner?

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 09:03 AM
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As thorough as you want. Assuming you do not have a bunch of junk built-up inside your blocks, you can probably just run some distilled water and primochill system prep thru it. Unfortunately I have no idea what is actually in it though in terms of chemical composition. Sometimes just water flushes alone is all you need. I personally have not used the lemon juice or vin solutions yet. Most of what I have read is that the lemon-juice is last resort.

Again though, I do not use these cleaning solutions so others might have more info on that. Be careful if you have any acrylic as well. I will be sharing your pain here shortly as I need to do a flush and clean on my system coming up here. If i were you, I would bite the bullet and pull everything block apart to make sure they are not stuffed with crap. Especially if it has been over a year. What kind of tubing are you using?

Some Swiftech HydrX might help in your next loop.

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Hey man thanks for your answer! Well, I changed my cooling liquid without cleaning anything about 6 months ago, but it's been running without cleaning for about 2 years. Which is more than it should, I guess wink.gif
I am using standarad durelene tubing throughout. So... I am guessing I should take a apart every single thing and clean every part of the loop then. Sigh.
what's the deal with Swiftech HydrX ? Is it considered top notch?
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Sorry for the late response. If you are using regular old tubing from the hardware store there most likely is going to be some plasticizer (sp?) in a block.
I just suggested the Swiftech stuff since it has been around forever and is usually recommended on this board. I have had a bottle for a long time, but have not used it yet. I planned to this time though. I am going to drain my loop, clean out what looks like mold and then run warm soapy distilled water thru it for a bit. It will prob take a few flushes to clean out.
I am on my third different coolant and they just do not last very long for me, so going straight distilled H2O with a little additive this time.
good luck with your cleaning

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