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So I have the front cover removed from my 450ES engine as my timing chain is bad. While apart I would like to clean the gunk from inside the cover and around the bottom of the engine cavity. Is there a recommended process to do that? Also removing the old gasket isn't going well, any tips for that also? Thanks
 

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Brake cleaner works good for cleaning parts. Mineral spirits and a parts cleaning brush if it's really bad. If you have the machine standing on end change the oil once it's back on flat ground. Gasket remover/paint stripper works to soften the gasket and make it a lot easier to remove.

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Oil already drained before I started. Thanks for the ideas will see how it goes. Probably not gonna be doing too much this week as it will be pretty cold outside.
 

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I hear you, we reached a high of 3 degrees F today with a nice gentle breeze of 20mph. Glad I have a wood stove in my unilsulated/unfinished shop at home or I would be stuck on the couch.

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i keep a gallon of acetone on hand, it cleans almost anything, just wear Nitrile gloves.
somebody tell mother nature to bring spring!!!!! only -15 this morning...
 

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Ya not your typical March weather! I went out to cut some firewood from a few trees that had come down with last weekends wind. Is it possible to be sweating and cold at the same time? Warm on the inside, cold on the outside....
 
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