SaltAway vs White vinegar

Chickenbroth

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Just curious what everyone thinks about this.
I’ve been using SaltAway as an engine flush but recently saw posts on internet that claim white vinegar and a little car wash work just as well
I’m not the kind of guy to skimp on costs especially when protecting my engine/investment, but SaltAway is $40/gal and vinegar is $2/gal if it performs just as well might as well save some $$

Let me know what you think. Thanks
 

Arima-bob

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Never heard of that, but hopefully someone has some real info.
 

plj46

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Vinegar is acidic.I would never run it through my motor.Just fresh water and a 10 to 15 minute flush.
 
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gnehekul

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Never heard of that, but hopefully someone has some real info.
as an engineering major dropout.... i got a score almost as low as my chemical engineering roommate. (you dont want to know where he works now)

vinegar is an acid, it will remove salt but then start to eat away at the metal so you got to then neutralize it with something basic.. like milk (not a good idea) or baking powder or detergent (prob not a good idea).. problem is baking powder in a water solution better be mixed right or you will end up making it too basic, which also isnt fun for metals either but not as bad as vinegar. or maybe run the vinegar, then run some baking soda then run fresh water. all in all cheaper than salt away.
 
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mmonti

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The corrosion inhibitor listed is tall oil sodium salt 5-10%, its basically soap thats washing thru your engine. I would trust the salt away brand at $40 a gal before I ran some meguiars with carnauba wax and vinegar thru my motor

The surfactants actually lower the surface tension of a liquid, might aid in flushing the salts away to prevent from sticking and building up in the water passages. Dishwashing detergent has a ton of surfactants. Helps separate the grease and oils, food grease, not petrochemical but may work, I've seen em scrub ducks covered in oil with dawn or some crap on tv before

The ph listed in the sds is also 6.2. Thats slightly acidic but not enough to burn skin. Vinegar is about 2 to 3 thats pure tho not diluted and definitely not strong enough to burn skin, hell I drink it sometimes while I'm canning pickles. I wouldn't want to run anything lower than 5 or 6 ph thru my motor continuously, Altho I doubt vinegar is strong enough to hurt your engine. Salt water, pacific ocean is about 8 to 8.2. Im guessing the “soap” is actually removing that crap that is always on the side of my boat after I launch. Another thing to note is even tho sds lists the ph at 6.2 your usually running fresh water thru the engine that has a ph of about 8 as well.

I once had a small klamath with a 2 stroke 9.9 merc that was my sierra fisher. The water passages clogged with salt after I kept using it in the harbor for fishing. I used a 32 gal trash can with about a half gal of a phosphoric acid based product ran it for about 15 mins and and everything opened up clean. I remember watching the pee hole going from spurting to a full stream was awesome to see. Ran fine for the next 10 years.

I would try dishwashing detergent with a nonionic surfactant (dawn) about 3 to 4 oz with about a qtr to half a gal of white vinegar the rest water. Mix it together in an empty gal container add some blue food coloring, bam instant saltier-away. Plus you can make like 50 gals for $40 bucks

I always figured salt away to be gimmicky but people swear by it. I don't use it, cuz $40 bucks for a gal of water...

Sorry for the long useless post I'm bored as hell here
 

vipertom1970

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I static flush for 10 minutes after each trip then run it in a tub until the water gets warm to hot(about 10 minutes for F300) and I also run my engine one time per month if it’s sitting in the winter.

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marlyn

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vipertom1970

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Tom why both, just curious...
most of the time I don't get home until 10 PM and too tired to set up the tank so I do just a static flush(no engine running) with a hose for about 10 minutes and save the time to rinse the boat, trailer and brakes down. The next day is when I use the tank to dip the engine and run until the water gets hot to make sure 100% of the salt is gone and do a more detail boat cleaning with soap.
 
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lopalo

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little car wash work just as well
I’m not the kind of guy to skimp on costs especially when protecting my engine/investment, but SaltAway is $40/gal and vinegar is $2/gal if it performs just as well might as well save some $$
 

Vibora

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I've been using Oxyclean for the past 3 years. Seems to work fine , but then again i'm a novice boat owner.
I've heard Yak Piss works well but it's hard to come by now cuz tarrifs .
 

kindafishy

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I've been using Oxyclean for the past 3 years. Seems to work fine , but then again i'm a novice boat owner.
I've heard Yak Piss works well but it's hard to come by now cuz tarrifs .
while im not certain, i believe oxyclean is a alkaline based oxidizer. i know when i have art projects i need to get rusty fast, i use bleach. (bleach is also a oxidizer) i can get a brand new piece of steel looking 100 years old in hours. you may want to research it further.
when it comes to steel, iron, and the like......"oxidize"= rust.
 
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NaClAddict

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A buddy worked a pwc shop. They used simple green and said it was just as effective as saltaway. They rebuilt a lot of two-smokes back then and were pretty meticulous. Pretty sure SG is benign enough to run through a motor, especially diluted. I spend enough on the boat I don’t blink at $50.
 

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What does your wife put in the dish washer to get rid of salt and the residue of hard water? Vinegar. Just make sure you flush it with water afterwards..