That was the same trico. Replaced carbon tet. Was great in well ventilated areas.<quoted text>
Trico?... as in trichloroethylene (is that right, or is there a "poly" in there somewhere)?
I remember that crap from the Navy. We just called it "trike".
RE: Purple stuff (Purple Power).
I used to be kinda fanatical when it came to keeping my vehicles clean... like WAY overkill fanatical. Would poor a gallon of the stuff in a sprayer and apply it liberally to the engine bay, undercarriage, and wheel wells... hose it all off... then take it up the road to shake away the water before doing the same thing with Armor All, or Sun-of-a-Gun, or something similar.
Doing the latter sets off the appearance of chromed-out jeep, as the undercarriage and wheel wells are rather visible and plain for all to see.
(On the flip-side, I didn't like it on my tires... like them flat black, not slick'n'shiny.)
THEN I'd wash the rest of it in a manner similar as most normal people would.
The effect was that the next time, the dirt and grime just sorta fell off the areas mentioned... kinda like using no-stick cooking spray in a frying pan. And, as mentioned, it looked nice.
That's the back story.
After a few years, the jeep got to where it wouldn't start... intermittently... usually when I'd be in a hurry to get somewhere... as if it had a mind of its own. Wait 10 minutes and it'd fire right up... and it would always start for the dealership technicians.
Knowing what the purple stuff does to polished aluminum wheels (I'd be real careful not to get it on them)... I'm kinda convinced that its repeated use eventually eroded away anything and everything electricity flowed through... where copper met aluminum for instance >>> relay/fuse receivers in the PDC, splices, etc.
Don't really know for sure, but that's my suspicion.
SG works just as well, it doesn't scar most metals... and, as you brought up, it isn't as "painful" when a cloud gets blown back in your face. Never used the F88. If it was worse than the purple stuff in that regard... well, I certainly don't want any.
The carpet is nice and white. The cleaners did a great job. They got to spend a little extra time doing what they do best instead of shuffling furniture around... and gave me a substantial discount to boot.
Offhand I would say the problem was corrosion from contacts not drying out before juice was applied. First time you do that it starts corroding. If you used a spray gun you likely got some vapor in your starter, distributor or something not hermetically sealed. Could flat be an old starter. I had similar on my Jeep starting until I just changed the starter.
Battery terminals in humid climates suffer that corrosion. Humidity collects in the tiny spaces where the terminal and connector meet, then start corroding even though they look OK on the outside. Why you need to slap some vaseline or grease over them. That stupid little problem has sold many, many, many, many alternators to the unwary. The corrosion also blocks the charging.
I loved purple stuff.