Soaking in carb cleaner is ideal, because it leaves no
Paint thinner is ok, though.
No need to coat in paint or rust protector it afterward.
The fuel sediment bowl is part of the fuel tap mechanism and I believe it can be handwashed.
You can buy a one gallon container of carb cleaner. It will last you for years!
**** Save the paint thinner for the super goopy stuff like outside of engine
cases. Carb cleaner, used just for carbs, stays relatively clean, and
doesn't re-deposit bad junk from prior cleanings. For your fuel tap and carb rebuilds this is your best solution. ****
To replace the fuel tap is less than $20, but I asked Tom G. what would be best and his response is:
If your original tap can be cleaned and re-used (with
a new gasket if needed), go with it. But make sure
the filters are not damaged, and both tubes are clear.
Don't run without a sediment bowl unless you have no