Will Brake Parts Cleaner Run a Gas Engine? Let’s Find Out!

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In this article, we will explore an intriguing question raised by the viewers of the popular YouTube channel, Project Farm. Many people have asked whether a gas engine can run on brake parts cleaner and what the effects of using this unconventional fuel would be. We will also delve into the potential damages to the engine and compare the performance of brake parts cleaner to other fuel additives like Marvel Mystery Oil, Seafoam, and B12 chem tool. Additionally, we will examine the visual differences between burning brake parts cleaner and gasoline. So let’s dive into this exciting project and find answers to all these burning questions!

Testing the Brake Parts Cleaner

To conduct this experiment, the host of Project Farm decided to use a cylinder head that had previously been tested with paint thinner. The cylinder head had accumulated a lot of buildup, and the host wanted to determine if the brake parts cleaner would clean it up effectively. However, before starting the engine, he made sure to clean the spark plug thoroughly.

The brake parts cleaner used in the experiment was the non-chlorinated variant. It contained 40-50% propanone, 20-30% dimethyl benzene, and 20-30% heptane. The flashpoint, evaporation rate, and flammability information were not available for this particular brake parts cleaner.

To get a better view of the fuel flow, the host added a see-through fuel tank assembly to the engine, which allowed for easy observation of the fuel line and carburetor. He wondered if the brake parts cleaner would damage the JB Weld that held the fuel tank assembly together.

Running the Engine

Once the brake parts cleaner was added to the fuel tank, the engine tried to start but stalled out. It seemed like there was an issue with the fuel-air mixture in the carburetor. To restrict the flow and adjust the mixture, the host applied some tape to simulate running the engine with a choke. This adjustment still didn’t help the engine to run smoothly.

The host then opened the carburetor to investigate further and discovered a restriction. He used compressed air to clear the blockage, which turned out to be caused by some corrosive properties of the brake parts cleaner. Eventually, the fuel started flowing again, and he reassembled the engine to attempt starting it once more.

The Results

When the engine finally ran, it was clear that brake parts cleaner is highly corrosive. It had a detrimental effect on the carburetor, causing damage that required ordering a rebuild kit to replace the rubber components. Despite the damage, the host appreciated the viewers’ input and credited them for the idea for this project.


In conclusion, running a gas engine on brake parts cleaner is possible, but it is not recommended due to the corrosive nature of the cleaner. It caused significant damage to the carburetor, making it necessary to replace vital components. Therefore, it is essential to use cleaners and additives specifically designed for engines to avoid the risk of damaging vital engine parts.

If you have any ideas for future projects or suggestions on how to make these videos more engaging and informative, please leave a comment on the YouTube channel. The host values viewer feedback and relies on it to create entertaining and educational content.

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