Been Using Issue 5

This month, I have mostly been using…

 

CarPlan Bright Spark

Last month, I mentioned that I’d changed the rotor arms in the U1K Lexus’s dual distributors, and that the engine appears to have been built to discourage such actions… Anyway, with the dizzy caps off I thought I’d better give them a quick spit’n’polish.

Bright Spark is one of CarPlan’s range of garage aerosols with comedy names, this one being one of the less Carry On names. It’s a simple electrical contact cleaner, a spray-on solvent that cleans dirty and burnt contacts, then evaporates. The aerosol can chucks it out at a fair old pressure and in considerable volume; great if you’re cleaning a dizzy cap, probably not so great if you’re doing something requiring delicacy or precision. It floated the majority of the dirt right off, which was great, but didn’t seem that keen to evaporate. In fact, after a couple of minutes I had to turn the cap upside down to let the residue run out. I’m glad I did, because, presumably, had I refitted a dizzy cap full of volatile solvent and then turned the engine over, I’d be looking for bits of distributor cap three fields away…

Either way, it seems to get the job done, is useful to have around for just such situations, and is widely available – most car accessory shops and hardware stores seem to carry the CarPlan range. See www.carplan.co.uk for details.