Cool things with wheels since 2006
Many years ago, I picked up a used 1982 Dodge Ramcharger. Soon after she started knocking, sounded like a rod bearing. My Dad told me to try pouring automatic transmission fluid down the throat or the carburetor, just in case it was only carbon build up on the pistons.Sure enough, that's what it was and it never knocked from that day on. And I put another 150,000 miles on it before selling.
wow, no kidding, I've never heard of that before! Cool!
It would be interesting to see before and after pictures of the catalytic converter using this method. Carbon is a base element, which is comprised of diamond and graphite. It cannot physically disappear in white smoke. It has to go somewhere, and it is obviously not leaving the tailpipe. I would rather spend a couple hours physically removing the carbon and reassembling the engine than spend $500-$1000 on a new cat.No such thing as a mechanic in a can, but you can slow (if not *almost* prevent carbon buildup through the use of higher quality fuel, regular maintenance, and monitoring engine efficiency.
I was thinking about the Cat Converter too... the cloud of white smoke is a strange thing, and is probably the cleaning fluid hitting the cat and flashing to smoke, but that simply could not be good for the cat.
I thought it was because they finally chose a new Pope. :-I On another note regarding engine cleaners. Years ago I found something made by the Chrysler Corp. called Combustion Chamber Conditioner, Pert No. 4-192 Part No. 3419126. It is a liquid that came in a 16 oz. can, and was available to the general public from (as far as I know) any Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodger dealer parts department.It was back in the 80's when a couple of area dealers in my area were clearing their supply of the product out. I think I purchased about a dozen cans for $2 each. That was all that they had left between the two of them. I used it to clean out the carbon in one of my MoPars I was driving at the time and brother let me tell you, this shit WORKED! You can't find this stuff any more as it was bad for catalytic converters which is way the parts departments were dumping it at that time. I have one can left.
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thanks! Getting photos of this from Ebay right now!