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05-09-2005 05:31 PM
SVTBishop before show i use simple green on cold motor let it set rinse off

When i get the the show, i use regular old Armor ALL and spray it on the engine on all the hose's plastic everything, shut the hood turn the car on and idle for 10 or so minutes. turn car off pop the hood and bam clean engine bay!
05-09-2005 10:57 AM
Gismo ^^LOL^^ Holy shit. Funny story comming up here. Not with the hood open, but this should answer your question. Okay, me and my dad are going through one of these car washes not the brushless kind either. Were about a minute into the wash and my dad notices that his door isn all the way shut. Sooo.. he opens his door just as the side brushes start rotating. The brushes snatch the door right out of his hand and fling it open. Water is getting everywhere now. And the door is pretty much screwed by now. The brushes stop so my dad tries to close the door now. However the brushes had knocked the door out of alignment so it would not shut. Well anyway the car wash finally stops and we drive out with the door hanging halfway off its hinges. Just so happens that my dad had some bungee cord in the trunk so we tie it on the grab handles between the front doors. Its was hilarious watching his door swing open everytime we made a right turn.

Ne ways thats the story. Happened a few years ago in my dads Sidekick. Very funny.
05-08-2005 12:56 PM
Logan175 I am going to try the window washer and mist with hose technique, has anyone tried going through the car wash with you hood open?
05-04-2005 09:30 PM
Lil PZEV I've only ever seen SG-Automotive in this tiny bottle at Ocean State Job Lot (ghetto discount chain). I bought it, since it was like $1, but I've never used it on anything...

My guess is the Auto is more concentrated maybe? I haven't set 2 bottles side by each to compare labels, but I doubt they're particularly different?
05-04-2005 08:32 PM
ZX4STDoug Hmmm...I found this Simple Green in the automotive section @ Meijer, but I think it's just plain ole Simple Green. I'll have to check out the automotive stuff too; wonder if it's stronger or ?
05-04-2005 06:49 PM
Sting2324 I asked the most knowledgeable person there, and the only recommendation he could give was make sure the engine is cold. He did say however that if you have an older engine with a distributor, you might want to be careful. But modern engines are certainly capable of powerwashing. Simple green is a very good cleaner..infact they even make a simple green specially for auto's. I'm currently stuck on Meguir's products. Not there consumer line, but the professional line. I managed to persuade the manager to let me, "demo" some wheel brightner and super degreaser...sht..goin offtopic..

05-04-2005 11:51 AM
ZX4STDoug I've had very good luck using Simple Green for engines, if they're not too grimey and all ****ed up. Spray it on a cold engine, let it soak for a few minutes, then simply hose it off with a garden hose or LIGHT pressure from a coin wash. I've never had an electrical or driveability issue, but it's always in the back of my mind.
05-03-2005 11:40 PM
rollon19's just like gismo said ,i clean the engine bay with a pressure washer and degreaser, works awesome, but make sure the engine is cold! and dont spend too much time with the fuse box and distributor and things like that, best thing for them is wet and wipe em clean ;)
05-03-2005 06:59 PM
Sting2324 Yea i don't understand why you would have to cover electrical connectors. Water does get in the engine compartment, even under normal conditions, that's why Ford and most, if not all the manufacture's put cover's on their fuse boxs and anything else that can be damaged from water. If we are referring to some pressure washers, then use the same caution as you would to the exterior. We wouldn't want to put a 1500 psi shot at our paint, as this for sure will blast the clearcoat off. I currently work part time at a parts store that continuisly and regularly receive calls from bodyshops, yes dealership's too, about how to do this and how to do that. It's actually amazing how many calls we get a day to find out the proper procedure to do something and to do it right. I'll ask them tomorrow on thier recommendations on engine cleaning/degreasing.

05-03-2005 04:34 PM
shaunq haha I justr go to the car wash and degrease everything and spray it off after a while of just letting it set in Im really carefull not to spray the intake filter on my short ram. It works really good.
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