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Old 08-31-2010, 07:17 AM   #1
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Default gear in trunk

spilled some diff fluid in the trunk. any ideas how to get it out? tried cat litter but its still there.
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:05 AM   #2
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Is it just an the trunk mat? Take it to one of those self serve car washes, put it on the wash setting, and use the power washer to spray it down real good. (Take it out of the trunk of course.) Clean up the rest on the wood and anywhere else it spilled. Dousing the trunk with Febreeze may be needed as well because that stuff smells wretched. My best advice/cheapest option.

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Old 08-31-2010, 11:26 AM   #3
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I would just replace the carpet. Gear oil will never come all the way out.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:39 PM   #4
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You can use a hot water extractor for that, but it may not come out 100%.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:42 PM   #5
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I would try to soak up as much as possible with towels or rags first.

Then(and don't forget to spot test) you will need a pretty decent degreaser that you can allow to dwell on the oil in the carpet for a few minutes to allow it to work. Then I would continue you on trying to soak and sop up that degreaser/gear oil mixture before even thinking about adding water and trying to extract(make it so you have as little as possible that will make it much easier). Try that a couple times before you think about scrubbing and adding even more moisture.

Priority would be getting a chemical that can safely(for your carpets sake) breakdown and begin to emulsify the oil so you can pull it out without having it run further.
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