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Old 11-02-2004, 12:19 PM   #1
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Cleaning a engine

How do you clean a engine? What cleaning materials does everybody use?

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When I worked at the Detail Shop, we used hydroflouric acid, 75/25 with water. Just get some soap and water, and maybe some Thunder Blast, and wash everything down by hand, be careful around the plug wires & plugs though - and the alternator; don't get these too wet. Then go back over it with some silicon spray or equivilant, and dress all the hoses, and plastic up really nice. Make sure you wash the underside of the hood too, or else it'll be a *****ty look.
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First of all, you want to have a cool engine if possible. Take a little storage container of about a gallon or so and take it to the carwash before you even get ready to clean the engine, and fill up the container with the engine stuff from up there. It's much cheaper than anything else and it works wonders. Another alternative would be simple green which of course you can get at Wal-Mart or any parts store. If you already have one, this helps, is to take one of those pump bug sprayers for yards that you pump yourself. Pour you stuff into that, pump it up and spray it on the engine. If you don't have one, just splattering it on evenly would work as well. Let it sit for a good 10-15 mins then hose it off. It should look good as new. If you have an air hose, you could blow it dry, or just letting it dry on it's own is fine too. I would recommend like the other guy said, put some type of silicone sealant on all your hoses to keep them nice and fresh. Everyone has their own way, and this may seem complicated for most, but works for me, especially since I have everything to work with. One more alternative is take it to a carwash and just follow the steps from above. Either way is good.
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