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Old 07-17-2013, 08:30 AM   #11
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Has anybody had any electrical problems after hosing down the engine? I'm selling a car and don't want to damage anything before the sale but the engine is mighty dirty after 9 years!
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:08 AM   #12
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Just make sure you use compressed air to get the water out from around the spark plugs. And if you rinse off the under side of your hood, make sure it's dry before you close your hood or water will get where it shouldn't be again.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:16 AM   #13
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This is my engine bay that FSWerks uses as their picture to show the engine cover. I cover the electrical components with aluminum foil and spray the rest of the engine bay with a medium pressure flow. You can use a designated engine bay cleaner to break loose dirt and use brushes to agitate it. DO NOT USE SIMPLE GREEN!! It will cause aluminum to oxidize and corrode over time. After you rinse the engine bay very well to remove all soap or cleaners let it dry completely and totally. I then use Sonus Engine kote let it dry for 20 minutes then use another coat of it. This is a great product and actually repels dirt and dust and keeps the engine bay clean so washing it less often still maintains awesomeness(=
Hope this helps!
Here is a link to to Sonus Engine kote:
http://www.autogeek.net/sonus-trim-motor-kote.html
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:19 PM   #14
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I have been using the Black Magic Engine cleaner and shine. Red/black can. I used it on my Escape engine bay as well as my fender wells and various underbody stuff. Only thing I can say is that on the 2.5 there was a temp sensor that sat in between cylinder 2 and 3.. the rubber plug doesnt seal so water got in around that sensor and corroded it. Replaced it under warranty. After that I made sure to get all moisture out of the area after I washed it. (more care than I had in the past)

Here is my Escape engine bay after 50K miles. Several trips to the mountains in the snow, etc. Washed it every 10K miles with the cleaner. The stuff would foam up, I would let it sit for 10 minutes then hose off.

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Purple power degreaser has worked well for me, give that a try!
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I know this discussion is a little old but I am hoping I can get some help without starting a new discussion. I have a 2002 zecta manual and my power steering fluid leaked all over my alternator, belts, and engine. The guy at the shop said to have it steamed cleaned but to me that sounds like a bad idea. Any suggestions would be great, smelling power steering fluid getting burnt is not very pleasant and probably not good for my car.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:46 PM   #17
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I would just take it to the car wash and spray it out with the sprayer. Keep the engine running, but spray once with the tire cleaner, let it sit for a few seconds, then spray it with the soap and finally rinse. With the soap and rinse I wouldn't worry about using high pressure. If you're not trying to detail then that should do well enough.
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Wouldn't you have to cover the spark plugs and battery?
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I never have, and I wash my engine a lot. You don't want to use high-pressure water on them, but it's perfectly acceptable to allow them to get wet. Maybe it's just simpler for me because I keep my engine bay pretty clean, but all electrical connections have an environmental barrier built into them.
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BTW keeping the battery clean is a good thing
A build up of crud can cause power drainage
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