How to Use an Automotive Parts Washer at Home

An automotive parts washer is specifically designed to remove grease and other contaminants from automotive parts. Automotive parts washers are not only used in industrial settings, but can also be purchased for home or shop use. The process of using an automotive parts washer is not difficult, and once you get the hang of it you can wash anything with ease.

Open the machine and remove the parts tray from the machine. Fill the parts washer with washing solvent to the minimum fill line. Do not fill the washer past the maximum fill line.

Replace the parts tray and place the parts you want to clean inside the washer. Do not clean fabric or wood parts in the machine. Make sure the machine is plugged into a working electrical outlet.

Adjust the solvent nozzle to point toward the parts so that the maximum number of parts are reached by the spray. Close the machine lid and turn it on. Allow the parts to remain in the tub for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn off the machine and check the progress of the cleaning process. Flip the parts over, if necessary, to reach another side of the part with the cleaning solvent. Scrub any stuck-on particles with a stiff bristle brush.

Allow the machine to run for another 10 minutes. Continue the checking, scrubbing, and rewashing process until the parts are completely clean.
Remove the parts from the washer and clean them with a soft cloth. Allow the parts to air dry completely before replacing them in the vehicle. Dispose of used solvent in an appropriate container. Most solvents cannot be thrown away in normal trash locations or by pouring them down a drain. If your solvent is toxic, you will have to take it to a toxic waste disposal center.

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