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Old 06-14-2008, 07:12 PM
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Engine cleaning

So I'm starting to get into dressin up my car a bit, and now that i have ordered my super-duper-cool air intake, it throws into light the fact that the rest of my engine bay is absolutely FILTHY. Anyone know of some good ways to clean her up and keep it that way?

Throwin this new shiny **** in there is like giving a 500lb stripper a 24k gold necklace.

most importantly, is there anything i SHOULD NOT clean my engine with? (I already know that highly concentrated hydrochloric acid will not improve the situation)

Any info helps. Thanks.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:20 PM
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I would just go to the car wash and use the pressure washer. Cover the air filter, distribute, and fuse box with a plastic bag with the car running hit it with just water keep the spray not to close just to get it all wet, use the engine cleaner spray it on and keep spraying for a minuet so it wont dry out and stain any shinny metal but it back to just water and spray it all off. If you got some tuff spots get some purple power and do it again with it.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:46 PM
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Will do, probablly gonna have a couple tough spots, its a mess. Thanks for the help.
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The biggest things to do is cover the thing that can't get wet, dont let anything dry, don't get to close to the engine with the sprayer and keep the engine running.
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Don't let the cleaning products dry right? Obviously once they have all been thoroughly rinsed away it can be left to dry?
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Use simple green, simple orange or any other industrial strength cleaner and HAND-Clean your engine bay.

I CRINGE everytime someone suggests to pressure wash their engine bay...no offense to Yogi of course

Carb-cleaner spray also comes in handy to shoot away grime in tough to reach areas...
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I just don't want the black coating on my block to come off with the pressure washer...its chippin an **** as it is ya know? Or the fuel injector badge/sticker thing...would prefer that not come off too.
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a lot of car washes actually have a 'steam' setting specifically for cleaning engines. just like they have at big truck garages. should shine up nicely
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I just don't want the black coating on my block to come off with the pressure washer...its chippin an **** as it is ya know? Or the fuel injector badge/sticker thing...would prefer that not come off too.
Then i would not use the pressure washer just a garden hose and some real good cleaner. Park it in the shade wet the engine with the hose shower setting if you can, spray on the cleaner i would do it a section at a time so it will not dry up on you and use a soft brush to wipe it with wash it off. Ones you got it all done wash it off with just water and make sure you got it all off. If you got it use a air compressor to blow dry it.

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Use simple green, simple orange or any other industrial strength cleaner and HAND-Clean your engine bay.

I CRINGE everytime someone suggests to pressure wash their engine bay...no offense to Yogi of course

Carb-cleaner spray also comes in handy to shoot away grime in tough to reach areas...
I agree with ya hand clean is the best im just lazy so i get most of it with a washer then hand was the few spots i missed saves a ass load of time and never had a problem just keep the wand kinda away and cover important stuff but i know what could happen and it's ez to F up but if you do it right it work great.

This pic was right after i bought her it was covered in a lot of dirt and looked like some one missed the oil fill and oil was all on the top and down the front. Took 3 mint to get this way.




It did look kinda like this but with oil on the top and front
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Well I cleaned her up a bit...garden hose w/ spray head, and GUNK engine degreaser. Did a pretty good job...I didnt get a chance to take a pic of what she looks like now, but the battery which had alot of corrosion both on it and on the tie, looks brand spankin new. I'm going to go in with a toilet brush of sorts to get the deep down stuff so I don't have to jack her up and get underneath. After the touch up scrubbing (which will probablly be done tomorrow) I have GUNK engine detailing spray, which should bring about a nice shine to my hoses, block, and well.....everything else it touches.

Pix up tomorrow of how it turned out...I don't feel ashamed to drop the new header and intake in now, once they arrive that is.
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