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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-28-05, 04:01 PM
Shakieh31
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Cleaning the engine compartment @ the carwash

I know there is a setting at the carwash that states it is for the
engine compartment. I have a 2002 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6. Will using this
degreaser and water damage or prevent anything from running? Is there
stuff I should cover up, or would it be a good idea to just not mess
with cleaning up the engine. Thanks for the help!




Tony

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-28-05, 05:01 PM
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Re: Cleaning the engine compartment @ the carwash

"Shakieh31" wrote:
> I know there is a setting at the carwash that states it is for
> the engine compartment. I have a 2002 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6.
> Will using this degreaser and water damage or prevent anything
> from running? Is there stuff I should cover up, or would it be
> a good idea to just not mess with cleaning up the engine.
> Thanks for the help!
>
>
>
>
> Tony


It will work fine, just do not power wash the spark plugs and their
wiring and any sensors on engine with direct spray.
 
post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-28-05, 06:01 PM
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Re: Cleaning the engine compartment @ the carwash

obviously you don't want to soak the distributor and also get water in
the intake let engine cool before you blast with water

I prefer to buy a foaming engine cleaner/degreaser at the autoparts
store and spray that on while engine hot, let engine cool, then rinse
off.. works great

be careful when spraying cool water on a hot exhaust manifold, the
sudden temp change may cause hte manifold to crack...thats why I said
let engine cool off a bit

be sure that you keep your ducks and geese away from the rinse water.. I
have both and any water thy see the birds think its for them to play in.



Shakieh31 wrote:

> I know there is a setting at the carwash that states it is for the
> engine compartment. I have a 2002 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6. Will using this
> degreaser and water damage or prevent anything from running? Is there
> stuff I should cover up, or would it be a good idea to just not mess
> with cleaning up the engine. Thanks for the help!
>
>
>
>
> Tony
>

 
post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-29-05, 02:01 AM
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Re: Cleaning the engine compartment @ the carwash

On 28 Jul 2005 18:36:16 -0400, Shakieh31
<UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote:

>I know there is a setting at the carwash that states it is for the
>engine compartment. I have a 2002 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6. Will using this
>degreaser and water damage or prevent anything from running? Is there
>stuff I should cover up, or would it be a good idea to just not mess
>with cleaning up the engine. Thanks for the help!


I do it all the time with my pressure washer.. I let the engine cool
a bit so it's still warm, then hose it down with Castrol Super Clean
or Oil Eater, being *VERY* careful not to get it on the painted
surfaces. I let it sit and work for about 5 mins then hose it off
with the pressure washer and a "fan" spray. Stubborn areas I hit with
a brush and more cleaner.

Follow up with some no-wipe tire dressing and it's sparkly clean
again.


 
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-29-05, 08:01 AM
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Re: Cleaning the engine compartment @ the carwash


"The OTHER Kevin in San Diego" <skiddz "AT" adelphia "DOT" net> wrote in
message news:udpje1l3me4t7mro2h5818hpr8381emo5i@4ax.com...
> On 28 Jul 2005 18:36:16 -0400, Shakieh31
> <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote:
>
>>I know there is a setting at the carwash that states it is for the
>>engine compartment. I have a 2002 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6. Will using this
>>degreaser and water damage or prevent anything from running? Is there
>>stuff I should cover up, or would it be a good idea to just not mess
>>with cleaning up the engine. Thanks for the help!

>
> I do it all the time with my pressure washer.. I let the engine cool
> a bit so it's still warm, then hose it down with Castrol Super Clean
> or Oil Eater, being *VERY* careful not to get it on the painted
> surfaces. I let it sit and work for about 5 mins then hose it off
> with the pressure washer and a "fan" spray. Stubborn areas I hit with
> a brush and more cleaner.
>
> Follow up with some no-wipe tire dressing and it's sparkly clean
> again.
>



I dunno how you guys do it. I've washed under the hood of a car twice and
had big problems both times. First car required an under warranty
replacement of a MAF sensor. Second car wouldn't run until I replaced cap
rotor and wires. Too much water or too much pressure maybe? I dunno.

CJB


 
post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-29-05, 12:01 PM
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"jamoran" wrote:
>obviously you donít want to soak the distributor and also get
>water in
>the intake let engine cool before you blast with water
>
>I prefer to buy a foaming engine cleaner/degreaser at the autoparts
>store and spray that on while engine hot, let engine cool, then rinse


>off.. works great
>
>be careful when spraying cool water on a hot exhaust manifold, the
>sudden temp change may cause hte manifold to crack...thats why I said


>let engine cool off a bit
>
>be sure that you keep your ducks and geese away from the rinse

water..
>I
>have both and any water thy see the birds think its for them to play
>in.
>
>
>
>Shakieh31 wrote:
>
>> I know there is a setting at the carwash that states it is for the
>> engine compartment. I have a 2002 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6. Will using

>this
>> degreaser and water damage or prevent anything from running? Is

>there
>> stuff I should cover up, or would it be a good idea to just not

mess
>> with cleaning up the engine. Thanks for the help!
>>
>>
>>
>>


>
>> Tony
>>


I have done this for over 30 years with all manors of engines,
automotive , industrial and farm and never cracked anything. Bigger
potenail problem is drowning out the ignition.

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"CJB" wrote:
>
>I dunno how you guys do it. Iíve washed under the hood of a car
>twice and
>had big problems both times. First car required an under warranty
>replacement of a MAF sensor. Second car wouldnít run until I
>replaced cap
>rotor and wires. Too much water or too much pressure maybe? I

dunno.
>
>CJB


You do not wash the sensors and the distributor, you focus on the
motor block parts.

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"SnoMan" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
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> "CJB" wrote:
>>
>>I dunno how you guys do it. I've washed under the hood of a car
>>twice and
>>had big problems both times. First car required an under warranty
>>replacement of a MAF sensor. Second car wouldn't run until I
>>replaced cap
>>rotor and wires. Too much water or too much pressure maybe? I

> dunno.
>>
>>CJB

>
> You do not wash the sensors and the distributor, you focus on the
> motor block parts.
>


I know, but I guess I get a little overzealous.

CJB


 
post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-31-05, 09:02 AM
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On Sun, 31 Jul 2005 13:06:41 +0000, CJB rearranged some electrons to form:

> "SnoMan" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
> news:1_638851_1f804ceaec4d1c968861b1af58d53fbd@autoforumz.com...
>> "CJB" wrote:
>>>
>>>I dunno how you guys do it. I've washed under the hood of a car
>>>twice and
>>>had big problems both times. First car required an under warranty
>>>replacement of a MAF sensor. Second car wouldn't run until I
>>>replaced cap
>>>rotor and wires. Too much water or too much pressure maybe? I

>> dunno.
>>>
>>>CJB

>>
>> You do not wash the sensors and the distributor, you focus on the
>> motor block parts.
>>

>
> I know, but I guess I get a little overzealous.
>
> CJB


Then you should quit complaining.

"I've washed under the hood of a car twice and
had big problems both times."

Obviously you didn't learn your lesson the first time.


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"David M" <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 31 Jul 2005 13:06:41 +0000, CJB rearranged some electrons to form:
>
>> "SnoMan" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
>> news:1_638851_1f804ceaec4d1c968861b1af58d53fbd@autoforumz.com...
>>> "CJB" wrote:
>>>>
>>>>I dunno how you guys do it. I've washed under the hood of a car
>>>>twice and
>>>>had big problems both times. First car required an under warranty
>>>>replacement of a MAF sensor. Second car wouldn't run until I
>>>>replaced cap
>>>>rotor and wires. Too much water or too much pressure maybe? I
>>> dunno.
>>>>
>>>>CJB
>>>
>>> You do not wash the sensors and the distributor, you focus on the
>>> motor block parts.
>>>

>>
>> I know, but I guess I get a little overzealous.
>>
>> CJB

>
> Then you should quit complaining.
>
> "I've washed under the hood of a car twice and
> had big problems both times."
>
> Obviously you didn't learn your lesson the first time.
>

What in the world. I was fishing for someone else who'd had another similar
experience; I'll grant you that. I doubt I'm the only guy in the world
who's had a problem after soaking the engine compartment.

However, why do I need you to excoriate me? Who are you to tell me what to
post and what not to post? I just don't understand your response.

CJB


 
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