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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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How to clean iridium plugs?

Any suggestions on cleaning the plugs ( removing carbon ) that won't remove the iridium coating. I know the plugs are supposed to last much longer, but what is the advantage if they carbon up? I have not had much luck using carb cleaner or oven cleaner.
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I soaked mine in some Techron overnight then took a very fine wire brush to them.They looked new after that.


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they make a sparkplug cleaner uses air and somekind of dust I have one workes very well. I got mine from the snap-on tool truck. brian
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they make a sparkplug cleaner uses air and somekind of dust I have one workes very well. I got mine from the snap-on tool truck. brian
Harbor freight sells them also. less than $20.00.
You plug it into an compressor air hose and it sandblast the tips clean.
(Not sure how good this is for Iridium plugs)

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Ultra-sonic Cleaner

An ultra-sonic cleaner works well although it weakens the ceramic after several cleanings. Had one crack on me. I suppose if you hang them keeping the ceramic dry that would work better.

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I have the spark plug cleaner that uses the blast media. I just wonder if it or a wire brush removes the iridium plating.
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I soak them in brake parts cleaner and use a small brass brush

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I soak them in brake parts cleaner and use a small brass brush
Thats what i used,the fine brass brush.The Techron seemed to cut the carbon better than the carb cleaner i had.Brake clean is a good idea too...


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When I was having plug fouling problems from carbon buildup, I used Sea Foam to soak the plugs in. I put the plugs in a small jar and only poured enough Sea Foam in to cover the carboned area and let them soak overnight. I then lightly brushed them clean with a bristle parts cleaner brush and blew them out with an air compressor. Cleaned like new.

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I soak them in brake parts cleaner and use a small brass brush
Hi Jon. I cleaned my iridium plugs with brake cleaner and a brass brush about 6 months ago. A couple days later I read an article from one of the iridium plug manufactures that warned not to use any kind of metal brushed on iridium electrodes. Nylon or similar was suggested. It seems that cleaning the electrode with a metal brush can lead to electrode failure and catastrophic engine damage. I don't know if it is true however I replaced the plugs with new ones that day. I wish I could find the article again
Just found one of the links
http://www.globaldenso.com/PLUG/qa/tech/qa_23.html

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