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I have a quick question guys. My engine is getting a little dusty and I was wondering if I should clean the engine myself at a local do it yourself car wash? Do you think it is a good idea. Would I have any problems with getting water anywhere? Thanks guys for your advice. MyCobaltSS
 

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I usually just spray mine down with water. No soap. And then dry it with a towel i don't care if it gets dirty. I may use a sponge with soap if something is really dirty but mainly I use the towel to get everything clean.

Hope that helps.
 

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I just use a little Simple Green(diluted) and old rags. I know eventually I will have to put it up on ramps and power wash the underside with my friends powerwash. ;)
 

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Just don't armor-all the engine, cuz it'll only get nastier next time you go to wash it!
 

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phxSS said:
Just don't armor-all the engine, cuz it'll only get nastier next time you go to wash it!
lmao i dont want to know how you know that ;)
 

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thats what a lot of detailing places will do ... Partly because it looks sweet when its first done.. but also because you WILL be back after a month or two because it will look awful.... That stuff i swear sucks up every bit of dust in its path !
 

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Actually what i used to do before car shows is spray tire foam all over the engine bay. lol yea, I was young and dumb. It smelled bad until the stuff burned off a little, but man did it look good :D
 

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Gunk Engine Degreaser. All I can say is WOW. My friend is replacing his '85 celica's engine (he blew the old one...lol, 3" hole in the block where the #3 cylinder is...yet it still started...) and we used this. The engine bay look brand spanking new. Along with the used engine. Now I have no idea how safe it is on our engines, but older ones (you know, less electrical, more mechanical) that you don't have to worry as much about, get this stuff. Its 5.49 CDN for a large can. Best stuff I found (granted, I've never cleaned my engine).
 

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Cleaning the Engine Bay

A clean motor & compartment has many advantages. It becomes easier to detect oil & fluid leaks, belt wear, missing or improperly installed caps & air cleaners and of course it looks good. A clean engine will also run cooler and is easier to maintain.

GETTING STARTED:There are a few things that need to be done before plunging into a motor compartment cleaning. First, open the hood, and evaluate the condition of the motor. Look for loose or missing items such as fluid caps etc. Next, vacuum loose leaves from the cowling and vacuum the hood insulator making sure that vacuuming will not damage it. Finally, warm up the motor. Engines clean better when they are warm, not hot. A warm motor allows greases to become softer and easier to remove. Only allow motor to run for a couple minutes or until temperature starts to rise.

PRECAUTIONS:Before de-greasing the motor, use plastic bags to cover the distributor, alternator, coil and air intake and filters. Although these areas are water resistant, this is a precaution. Also, check the tightness of all fluid caps and dipsticks. Do not remove the air cleaner.

MOTOR CLEANING: Start by rinsing the fenders, grille and windshield to eliminate any staining of the de-greaser. Also rinse the motor and the compartment to free any loose dirt. The use of an electric pressure washer will assist on heavily soiled vehicles but is not necessary. If a pressure washer is used, do not get to close, as damage could result. Next, apply engine de-greaser to the motor and its compartment and allow to soak for a minute or two (check product directions). Do not allow to dry on any surface. Always use a "surfactant" type water-soluble cleaner. This type of de-greaser is usually labeled as "non-flammable". Agitate with assorted brushes to loosen stubborn pockets of grime. Light levels of dirt/grease may not require agitation with brushes. Rinse and re-inspect. Look for pockets of grease. Use de-greaser on problem spots, allow to dwell and rinse. Accessibility to hot water from a hot water heater source will aid the chemicals effectiveness. Every 20-degree temperature increase doubles the chemicals effectiveness.

When de-greasing a motor, try to avoid the following areas:
Distributor
Hood insulator
EGR Valve
Air conditioning compressor
Air intake (if aftermarket)
Alternator/generator

After the motor compartment is free from dirt, grease and grime, inspect the battery tray and terminals. If the battery or the terminals haven’t been cleaned in a while, use an aerosol caustic neutralizer. This product is simple to use and turns pink where battery acid is present. Allow soaking for one minute, and rinsing thoroughly. A 50/50 mixture of baking soda and water will also do the trick.

The next task is to dry the motor. This is easy to accomplish using compressed air and a blowgun. Put particular attention around electrical connectors and areas where water can collect and stand. Starting the motor will also help, however belts will sling water onto side panels and to the underside of the hood.

MOTOR & COMPARTMENT HAND CLEANING: Now that the motor is free from grease and grime, some hand cleaning will improve the overall condition of the motor. Hoses and vacuum lines often have a white powdery residue (mold release). This is the compound that allows hoses to safely be removed from their molds at the factory. Although this is not harmful to the hoses, it is unsightly. Hand clean hoses with a light body solvent to remove residue, and allow air-drying before starting the motor. Next, hand wax any painted areas that came into contact with degreaser (fenders, bumper, jambs,painted areas under hood, etc.). Remove battery terminals and clean battery posts if necessary. Inspect for worn items such as hoses, wires, belts, etc.

FINISHING: For the final touches on the motor start by checking all fluids including windshield washer levels, add if necessary. Apply rubber dressing to all hoses and plastic parts to add contrast. This is best accomplished by spraying the rubber dressing onto a clean rag and then wiping onto hoses. Spraying dressing directly into the engine compartment will create overspray on other surfaces which will only act as a magnet for future dirt build-up. Dressing hoses will also aid in future cleaning by sealing hoses from dirt penetration.

Shopping List:
Water Soluble Degreaser
Assorted Brushes
Light Body Solvent
Wax
Aerosol Caustic Neutralizer (or baking soda mixture)
Rubber Dressing
Shop Rags
 

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Nice right up, beingbored.
I usually rinse it down first to get the majority of the dirt and dust off then use.....
Orange Oil Degreaser on the engine
Mother's Aluminum Polish for all the metal under there
some back to black for the plastics and hoses
it looks practically brand new whenever I take my time, I just don't have much of it any more.
Happy Cleaning.
 

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h8beingbored said:
GETTING STARTED:There are a few things that need to be done before plunging into a motor compartment cleaning. First, open the hood, and evaluate the condition of the motor.

Classic. :D :D :p
 

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BE Careful what you use for a cleaner!!!!!
Simple Green and others like purple cleaner will turn the alum parts white and nasty looking. As parts are cast the discoloration will not be even.

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best engine degrease

This is the best engine degrease. I am using it personally.
reviewgig . com / home-n-garden / best-engine-degreaser-and-comparison
 

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best engine degrease

I am using this best engine degrease since last 3 years and wow its great!
reviewgig . com / home-n-garden / best-engine-degreaser-and-comparison
 
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