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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-28-2020, 08:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Cleaning entire loop without disassembly

First, let me be honest. I'm getting old and lazy. I have a ThermalTake Tower 900 with two Koolance 480mm rads, a cpu block from TT, an EKWB MSI 1080 ti Gaming X WB, two reservoirs and two Laing D5 pumps in EKWB tops. I'm a WC'er from way back and have been building custom loops since it became a thing. Whenever I've cleaned my loops, I tear it down completely and do the typical radiator flush, take apart the blocks, replace tubing as necessary, etc.

However, as I said, I'm getting old and lazy. So, I'm curious. Has anyone tried to just flush the entire loop with distilled water and then water and vinegar or a product like Primochill Rad Clean, through an entire loop. Let it circulate for 10 or so minutes and the flushed again with distilled water?

Yes, there is definitely an "answer" I'm looking for that would accommodate my laziness, but I also want to hear about any experience or knowledge any of you have trying to attempt such a thing. I'll be honest. The older I get the more I lazily look at AIOs!! lol



Anyone out there ever done what I'm suggesting and what were the results/consequences?


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gave up a loop for the same reason, too lazy to maintain

what fluid are you using? just distilled/biocide? should be fine but I'd do more than one flush after using vinegar.

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
gave up a loop for the same reason, too lazy to maintain

what fluid are you using? just distilled/biocide? should be fine but I'd do more than one flush after using vinegar.
I'm using Koolance's coolant. Normally, I would use distilled with a biocide, but didn't have any when I put this loop together, but had some Koolance coolant, so I used that. It's been fine for over a year now. UV blue, still blue and my tubing looks good. Using Primochill LRT tubing and it's still clear. But as I said, it's been well over a year and my temps seem to be creeping up a tad and the flow looks a bit lower to me. There's gotta be some crap in there, I'm not sure, but I don't trust my TT CPU block.

Anyway, it's well overdue for a good flush and clean, but I'm just feeling sooooo lazy. That's the God honest truth of it. But it needs to get done, so here I am.
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Hi,
Mayhems part 2 you can use to clean the loop without disassembly.

If you don't want to clean the blocks manually and see how bad they are just reverse the flow on a couple flushes maybe any debris caught in the cpu or gpu blocks will come out that way.

If you don't want to use mayhems part 2 just a few drops of dawn ultra good enough to clean oil off ducks.... it's fine for a loop.

Lastly just flush with distilled water..... I would add a filter to make it easier to catch debris
Auto zone has a good glass gas filters in custom isle.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Mayhems part 2 you can use to clean the loop without disassembly.

If you don't want to clean the blocks manually and see how bad they are just reverse the flow on a couple flushes maybe any debris caught in the cpu or gpu blocks will come out that way.

If you don't want to use mayhems part 2 just a few drops of dawn ultra good enough to clean oil off ducks.... it's fine for a loop.

Lastly just flush with distilled water..... I would add a filter to make it easier to catch debris
Auto zone has a good glass gas filters in custom isle.
Reverse flow?!?! Why didn't I think of that? That's brilliant! I don't have any Mayhem's, but I do have a couple bottles of Primochill SysPrep, so I think I'm going to give it a try. Got several gallons of distilled. I'll flush, reverse the flow. Let it cycle with some SysPrep and flush it again.

Great idea.
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Hi,
No problem
If you can add a filter it will greatly help pick up stuff that gets stuck in rads/... and keeps junk from recirculating plus nice to see what it's catching in the loop between flushes
But you don't show a region so you may not have a auto zone around.

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