View Full Version : Brake cleaner safe on rubber seals?

02-07-2009, 10:33 PM
Hey guys. Got a quick question. With my college's SAE Baja project, we bought some used brakes calipers. They're kind of crapped up with dirt and some other stuff (maybe a bit of corrosion). I took the calipers apart, but there's a few rubber orings/seals that I'd really rather not risk removing (they're CRAZY expensive to replace). I was wondering if some standard automotive brake cleaner, aerosol or otherwise, is safe for the rubber seals. I don't want to degrade the seals and have them fail later on during competition. Is it safe to use?

02-07-2009, 11:09 PM
you could always use carb cleaner. I think the carb cleaner should be safe on rubber. I use it everywhere i am iffy about rubber and plastic.

02-09-2009, 12:29 PM
why not use some mild soap & water?

02-09-2009, 01:34 PM
brake parts cleaner is made to be compatible with the rubber seals used where brake fluid is present

brake cleaner is fine you dont have to reinvent the wheel

02-09-2009, 07:40 PM
Dont use it on rubber that is not made for taking any harsh chemicals. That cancer in a can stuff will eat right through it or discolor it forever.

02-09-2009, 09:35 PM
Brake Cleaner is perfectly fine for what you need. I use Brake clean to clean almost EVERYTHING automotive related.