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    Cleaning parts that were in a fire

    Hi Everyone,

    What's the best way to clean suspension parts that was in a fire but looks like just surface crisping. Also has anyone ever rebuilt brake calipers and what's required. The Calipers are charred. I will definitely have to take them apart and clean the charred parts then replace all the rubber seals, ect.

    Any advise is greatly appreciated

    Thanks
    CCIE

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    I'll be honest, my knowledge here is small but I will offer what I feel may be the best way to go about it.

    First, I would say, check the parts for warping. If anything looks seriously out of shape or even slightly, you may not want to reuse them as they may fail or not function properly, which in turn could lead to failure.

    Something you may want to try to give the parts a good cleaning and sense you will need to replace all rubber gaskets or bushings anyhow, try soaking them in break fluid for a bit and then rinse and scrub with a metal brush.

    If you have access to a small hand sand blaster, that may be good as well and be more effective than a metal brush.

    I would say though, depending on the components, see if you can find replacements at a salvage yard instead of reusing the ones you are attempting to clean.

    Either way, use your best judgment and I wish you luck.

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    Ooo shit. Be very careful. From my cop days I vividly remember a briefing on flourolastomec (sp?) Which if I remember is a compound created within suspension parts/shocks when they burn. If is like an acid and if you get it on you, amputation is the only solution. PLEASE be careful, there's no getting it off. K9

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    Amputated ? That's what the apple watch wrist straps are made out of

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-A...-means_id67029

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutlass442 View Post
    Amputated ? That's what the apple watch wrist straps are made out of

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-A...-means_id67029
    Ah, an Englishman gets into a tangle with an American over a spelling issue. I'll bet that's never happened before....

    Read this:

    http://www.carsmedia.co.uk/CarsPdfFo...edVehicles.pdf

    If you make it past the pretty pictures, you'll see this:

    "Burnt fluorolastomec melts into a highly corrosive acid (hydrofluoric
    acid). Melted flourastomec remains
    dangerous for at least 2 years. Only
    professional de-contamination will remove
    it safely. If Hydrofluoric acid comes into
    contact with skin, it cannot be washed off
    using soap and water. It is corrosive to the
    point that it will eat through bare skin, the
    underlying tissue and through to the bone.
    In worse cases it can lead to amputation."

    Just trying to help.

    K9

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    So what I think we are all saying...
    if I may...
    buy new and avoid the burnt stuff...

    unless possible loss of limbs is a must,

    then in that case. Carry on.

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