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Old 12-10-2002, 00:07   #1 (permalink)
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Wink how do i clean my engine and bay?

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can anyone tell me how to clean my engine and everything around it. it is so dirty, the whole thingy, i want it to be shiny and look like new. is there places that clean them? or is there a way to do it myself?
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Old 12-10-2002, 00:11   #2 (permalink)
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degreaser, soapy water, rag and some TLC!
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I use a high pressure hose and soapy water, havn't had any problems, and I'm assuming engine bays are designed to be cleaned like this, or are there problems that can arise that I should be aware of eg. electrics????
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To be honest, I was used to use the pressure hose quite a bit on the EA bay. However, I noticed that all the little terminals in the engine bay corroded quicker, and if the ignition leads were not up to scratch, there would be starting issues.

I still use high pressure on the actual block (exhaust side), as well as under the car, however, I prefer to wipe the 'electrical areas' with a rag, and polish the places that need it.

For the real dirty engine bay, you cant go past degreaser, Hot soapy water, a good scrub and a good rinse.
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Actually if you end up using degreaser and pressure...it is a good idea to first of all cover your alternator etc with a plastic bag/cling wrap etc...as for electrical wires etc...after you are done with the water, get your better half's hairdryer out and dry all of the electrical wires then spray a small amount of DW40 ( or similar ) onto the exposed wires/terminals etc...shouldnt have any dramas that way
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Old 12-10-2002, 14:55   #6 (permalink)
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hey man,

just use some degreaser and water, and just use some elbow power, after u done this get some silicone spray and spray all your plastics and hoses in your engine bay, this will make them look like new.

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Old 12-10-2002, 16:37   #7 (permalink)
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do what the car dealers do...

If you've evered looked under the bonnet of most second hand (dealer) vehicles you would be amazed at how clean everything is.

This is because of the machines they use to clean them. The ones I've seen are called "WaterSpitters" or somthing like that. They cost like $3000. If you can find someone that has one, use it!

They use High Pressure steam and degreasser and the will remove absoloutley everything including rocker cover paint if your not carefull.

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