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Is brake cleaner safe on rubber/plastic?

Hello all,

Based on the suggestion, I need to clean my power steering pump + reservoir + rubber hoses.

Can I use brake cleaner to do the job?

CRC/Non-chlorinated brake cleaner (05084) | Brake Cleaner | AutoZone.com

Thank you
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Not preffered, but has been done. You will need to immediately clean off any residue, as brake cleaner (non-chlorinated included) will still react with rubber and plastic surfaces. You could also use a concentrated degreaser, such as simple green/greased lightning to do the job with no harmful effects.

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It may melt the plastic parts. You'll have to test it on a small area first.

I would use engine degreaser.
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+1 on engine degreaser. Try Engine Brite Original and scrub with an old paint brush, rinse off with garden hose.
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Hello all,

Just used this product Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid.

Very effective and I think it is safe on plastic and rubber.

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Hello all,

Just used this product Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid.

Very effective and I think it is safe on plastic and rubber.

Best
lol...I remember an old commercial where Madge had people soaking their hands in it

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^ You're showin' your age, lol!
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^ You're showin' your age, lol!
Easy now....lol

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Try Dawn dish soap. They use that stuff to clean wildlife after oil spills.
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