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Old 04-16-2010, 08:27 PM
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Engine Bay Cleansing

I know this is a total noob question, but I just want to be sure.

Yesterday I got Purple Power on a recommandation from a friend. My intent was to make my engine bay look much cleaner. Once I opened the hood and started looking around, I realized something. I don't know what to clean! I know this sounds stupid, but what I mean is I do not want to get the wrong thing wet or covered in Purple Power and have to replace parts. I was wondering what I should clean and avoid? Also, what should I use for scrubbing? Someone please inform me better before I ruin something. Just make a little list of the cleaner you use, the materials you use to scrub/wash, the process in which you do everything (wash, rinse with water...ect), and a few tips please? If I get enough information I will make a DIY for supernoobs like me in the future.

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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

lol ok apply purple power to greasey areas like block,tranny,head,valve cover,and etc... anyother areas you think need cleaned like strut towers for example! and scrub with a soft to mild brisseled brush or rag and to get corrosive material off your head use a lil wire detailing brush. (work great!)and after your done wiping and soaking and scrubbing rinse with hose. some areas i would stray away from with water and purple power would be your DISTRIBUTOR! and thats really only thing i try to cover when i spray in the bay good luck broski hope this helps u! make a before and after pic by the way! ;)
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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

i use simple green, cause thats what i have. main thing is to try to keep all electronics from being wet, i.e. battery, alternator, etc. do it with the engine cold too, i got burned hahaha.
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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

some people might be scared of what I'm about to say, but if you are careful it works great (6+ years with no issues). drive to a nearby car wash (this will warm up some of that built up gunk), cover the distributor with a plastic bag (doesn't have to be perfect) and spray on some of that degreaser to heavily soiled areas. next turn the car back on (this way you can hear the engine in case you spray something bad) and go ahead and start spraying the engine with the power washer (these are regulated to not put out as much power in a concentrated area compared to using a small degree tip on a pressure washer at home). places to avoid spraying much are the following: distributor, alternator, fuse block and battery. when you are done make sure that no water ended up in your spark plug cavities. I generally just use the air compressor to blow down each one to make sure its dry.
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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

So Purple Power won't hurt the rubber hoses or anything? I tried scrubbing the aluminum parts but Purple Power and a rag just doesn't cut it. Should I use steel wool and wire brushes.

P.S. I tried steel wool and it seemed to work really well?
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some people might be scared of what I'm about to say, but if you are careful it works great (6+ years with no issues). drive to a nearby car wash (this will warm up some of that built up gunk), cover the distributor with a plastic bag (doesn't have to be perfect) and spray on some of that degreaser to heavily soiled areas. next turn the car back on (this way you can hear the engine in case you spray something bad) and go ahead and start spraying the engine with the power washer (these are regulated to not put out as much power in a concentrated area compared to using a small degree tip on a pressure washer at home). places to avoid spraying much are the following: distributor, alternator, fuse block and battery. when you are done make sure that no water ended up in your spark plug cavities. I generally just use the air compressor to blow down each one to make sure its dry.
Would it be wise and precautious to take a little shot of silicone or a similar sealant and seal my spark plugs? I can easily peel it off when I'm finished?
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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

I've never used anything more than simple green and a rag. I've had to do it quite a few times to get everything. But my advice it to pick a general area and just go at it really good. Start with maybe just the intake and surrounding areas one day and focus on that until its up to satisfaction. Keep working your way through until you've got to the level your satisfied with, then just touch it up every couple of months.

For me, its just about focusing all of my energy into one thing at a time. Because I know that it isn't a simple one and done kind of thing, at least not for me. Therefore, instead of trying to stretch what I can do, I just focus into one small area and come back to fight another day......But maybe that's just me
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Would it be wise and precautious to take a little shot of silicone or a similar sealant and seal my spark plugs? I can easily peel it off when I'm finished?
thats not a bad idea. after you get it mostly clean with my method, then you can focus on smaller areas that need touch ups with a cleaner and a rag/brush
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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

hmm never tried steel wool theres no question about it that wont hurt anything and yeah i use wire brushes too yeah like i said b 4 purple power and simple green work great but i guess it all depends on how bad it is post a pic
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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

stay away from your electrical components which was already states above.. and getting some electric things wet really isnt gonna blow up your car.. if you dont drive it for the rest of the day everything will dry out.. but yeah i would cover/stay away from the distributor and alternator definitely!
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I used steel wool on my radiator to clean the black gunk and old paint off. It's now shiney brass, lol.
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wow our engine bays look completely different i have deleted power steering, air conditioning, and took brackets off along with removing cruise control my bay is so so so sexy!
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Re: Engine Bay Cleansing

My engine bay looks very similar to that, except for the header cover and the original intake air duct.

I plan on doing some "cleansing" soon when I get a day off from school and work...
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me and my friend both did ours a few weeks back and we used 2 different products. he used some stuff called engine brite. it worked pretty good. i ended up using a engine bay cleanser from Black Magic. the black magic stuff definately worked better.

but definitely cover the alternator, battery, and dizzy.
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