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Diesel Engine
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One thing to consider...

Solvents like mineral spirits and paint thinner can actually clean TOO good, as they are lighter than most chain lubes, so they can clean way deep inside the rollers. I've heard of folks that did this to a new chain and then had a squeaky-clean chain. Problem was that they had a hell of a time getting the squeak to go away as it took several lubings to get lube back into the deep crevices of the chain.

That's one reason why old-school team wrenches use diesel fuel - there's some oil in there that stays behind after all of the solvents do their intended job.

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