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Old 11-04-2005, 08:01   #1 (permalink)
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'94 TBird: clean engine compartment?

Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?

I belong to '94 Tbird LX V8, 61K mi.

The engine compartment has never been cleaned. There is
61k mi. worth of dust, grime, etc.

I'd love to just be able to take it down the the quarter-
wash ($1.50-wash ?) and hose down the engine compartment,
but I suspect I'd get my po' self in a buncha trouble. For
instance, unless I miss my guess, the spark plug cylinders
would collect water and short-out and/or rust to hell-and-
gone.

Is there any way to water-proof the engine compartment and
the 4.6L so it can be cleaned in such fashion? I can't
afford a pro steam-clean and I don't necessarily trust 'em
anyway.

Or should I just wink at the dust, grime, etc.?

Salut,
Puddin'
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Old 11-04-2005, 09:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?

Whattahell! You only live once!

If you're concerned about that get a couple cans of "air" with the little
plastic extenders and blow out the water.
Better yet, buy or borrow a portable air tank with blowout nozzle, cheap
at harbor freight and the ilk.

Use your head and dont "BLAST" anything... just use a good degrease
setting and let it soak a few minutes then rinse, hi then low power.



Puddin' Man <Pudding.Man@Gmail.Com> wrote in
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> Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?
>
> I belong to '94 Tbird LX V8, 61K mi.
>
> The engine compartment has never been cleaned. There is
> 61k mi. worth of dust, grime, etc.
>
> I'd love to just be able to take it down the the quarter-
> wash ($1.50-wash ?) and hose down the engine compartment,
> but I suspect I'd get my po' self in a buncha trouble. For
> instance, unless I miss my guess, the spark plug cylinders
> would collect water and short-out and/or rust to hell-and-
> gone.
>
> Is there any way to water-proof the engine compartment and
> the 4.6L so it can be cleaned in such fashion? I can't
> afford a pro steam-clean and I don't necessarily trust 'em
> anyway.
>
> Or should I just wink at the dust, grime, etc.?
>
> Salut,
> Puddin'


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Old 11-04-2005, 11:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?


"Puddin' Man" <Pudding.Man@Gmail.Com> wrote in message
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> Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?
>
> I belong to '94 Tbird LX V8, 61K mi.
>
> The engine compartment has never been cleaned. There is
> 61k mi. worth of dust, grime, etc.
>


Use a couple of cans of degreaser. Follow the directions and
rinse it off with hot high pressure water. Don't hit things
really hard or directly with the high pressure, hold it back a bit
and just rinse it off.



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Old 11-04-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?

The most water sensitive part of your 4.6L is probably the top of the engine
because the spark plugs sit down in holes. The plug wire boots *should*
seal them, but that depends on how old the wires are. I used to do it in
the driveway with degreaser and the garden hose but that was with a 5.0 V8.

You might try compressed air if you have access to a compressor and nozzle.
I was amazed when I tried it one day. Grime I thought would have to be
soaked and scrubbed blew right out. Try to stay upwind if you do it...
(cough, cough)

PoD



"Puddin' Man" <Pudding.Man@Gmail.Com> wrote in message
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> Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?
>
> I belong to '94 Tbird LX V8, 61K mi.
>
> The engine compartment has never been cleaned. There is
> 61k mi. worth of dust, grime, etc.
>
> I'd love to just be able to take it down the the quarter-
> wash ($1.50-wash ?) and hose down the engine compartment,
> but I suspect I'd get my po' self in a buncha trouble. For
> instance, unless I miss my guess, the spark plug cylinders
> would collect water and short-out and/or rust to hell-and-
> gone.
>
> Is there any way to water-proof the engine compartment and
> the 4.6L so it can be cleaned in such fashion? I can't
> afford a pro steam-clean and I don't necessarily trust 'em
> anyway.
>
> Or should I just wink at the dust, grime, etc.?
>
> Salut,
> Puddin'
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Old 11-04-2005, 22:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?

i just did a 94 cutlass 2.3 and the sob wouldnt even start!had to pull
the spark unit engine cover and take apart and dry!i've done alotta
other cars with no problem.

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Old 11-05-2005, 17:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: '94 TBird: clean engine compartment?

On 4 Nov 2005 21:38:01 -0800, "oldkid" <o2pz5y402@sneakemail.com>
wrote:

>i just did a 94 cutlass 2.3 and the sob wouldnt even start!had to pull
>the spark unit engine cover and take apart and dry!


THIS IS WHOT I WERE SKEERED OF!! :-)

>'ve done alotta
>other cars with no problem.


I just went out, tried to pull a plug wire, see if
I could measure the cylinder, maybe devise a plug
to keep the water out ...

Back around 30k mi. I got the plug wires off to
install new platinum. All I 'member is that it
was very difficult and that it didn't totally
destroy my hands. Later had a dealer replace the
wires when they cross-fired.

Now I cant get a plug wire off to save my soul.
Maybe the connection arced and welded the
connectors in the plug wires to the plugs?

Do I gotta buy a "plug wire removal tool" for my
Ford? Would I have to buy one for a GM? MoPar??

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