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I've read , maybe on this sight, that ultrasonic cleaners can make those beautiful leaf springs crack. Has anyone found this to be true ?
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Is there any reason not to use a solvent like Ed's Red in an ultrasonic cleaner? If combustion is a potential issue, one could put it and the parts in a jar, as in the video posted by Builder in another current thread.

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Originally Posted by terc
I've read , maybe on this sight, that ultrasonic cleaners can make those beautiful leaf springs crack. Has anyone found this to be true ?
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I have cleaned an awful lot of leaf springs in mine since I bought it in 2003 and have never had one break while using it.


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I think ultrasonic cleaners, and moreso heated ones, can aerosolize whatever liquid is in them and flash off solvents. So, maybe a little careful indoors? When they are run with covers, you may see significant droplets form on the under side. I think most that use a beaker or jar might do it to decrease the volume of cleaner needed and just run water in the tank, maybe with some sort of loose fitting cover on the jar? And, maybe careful with decent gun cleaning solvents, they might go after plastic baskets and other trim on the unit, maybe. Good luck with it.

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Originally Posted by terc
I've read , maybe on this sight, that ultrasonic cleaners can make those beautiful leaf springs crack. Has anyone found this to be true ?
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You are probably thinking about the electrolysis method of rust removal, which can cause hydrogen embrittlement in hardened tool steels and springs. This misinformation about ultrasonic cleaning was recently posted on this site by rocky mtn bill. But we may be at a tipping point where pointing out and correcting misinformation is less of a priority than preventing hurt feelings


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I have tried the ultrasonic several times with mudane results... I don't know what I am doing different. I just put an Ithaca Crass frame in today and the results after 15 mins are so insignificant I am not bothering to post photos.
Is it the solution? I see the Lyman referenced above @ Canvasback - What do you use?

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It will not reveal what is not there.

I use, spic and span and water. That’s it.

I always preheat the water, and I run as many cycles as I feel like running.

Occasionally if something is particularly grungy, I will take it out, dump the solution, make another batch, And do it again.

I don’t use anything flammable or corrosive.

When they come out they are hot as hell, and need to immediately lubricated to prevent flash rusting.

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