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After about 20 min of boiling water vinegar and stirring. I think it looks much better. How bout you?
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Hmm there is still some gunk in there...get a thin needle and try to remove it I think..

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It looked good to me so I went ahead and mounted it and it runs great. no more low flow at exit of cpu block. maybe next time i drain i'll get the needle. thanks for all your help you guys.



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It's much better but it could still be cleaner. However... given it's original state, i'd say you did good work [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]

After seeing this thread, I decided to open mine up for the first time since 2013 and clean it.

For reference: Before & After

A lot of loose Acetal shavings clogged up around the little metal plate and in the channels. Besides that, no gunk or rust. My loop is on Distilled water only (no silver coil, additives, or biocide)

Ran hot tap water & vinegar. Got most out but the little dark stuff in the channels wouldn't budge. Took a thin knife to it as well, wouldn't go.
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Looks good. Out of interest what coolant were you using before you cleaned it?

If anyone else is cleaning the block after 5-6 years, it's worth replacing the o-rings at the same time.
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Quote: Originally Posted by HugeTorque View Post
After about 20 min of boiling water vinegar and stirring. I think it looks much better. How bout you?
Much better, Now it just looks like the channels weren't very event o begin with instead of being clogged.


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It's much better but it could still be cleaner. However... given it's original state, i'd say you did good work [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]

After seeing this thread, I decided to open mine up for the first time since 2013 and clean it.

For reference: Before & After

A lot of loose Acetal shavings clogged up around the little metal plate and in the channels. Besides that, no gunk or rust. My loop is on Distilled water only (no silver coil, additives, or biocide)

Ran hot tap water & vinegar. Got most out but the little dark stuff in the channels wouldn't budge. Took a thin knife to it as well, wouldn't go.
As long as the "dark stuff" wasn't little chunks it is probably just some harmless oxidation.

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Much better, Now it just looks like the channels weren't very event o begin with instead of being clogged.



As long as the "dark stuff" wasn't little chunks it is probably just some harmless oxidation.
Possibly. At first, under a flowing tap, some of that "dark stuff" appeared to be moving up and down the channel. As well, with the tip of a knife, I was able to scrape out some of that dark material near the end of the channels.

It wasn't the same as the Acetal but quite possibly, it was just a thin layer of patina / oxidization as you're describing. Anyhow, I was just glad to see how well the condition of the block was compared to when the OP opened his/her block XD

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