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Old 08-26-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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How to Clean the engine

does anyone know how to clean the engine?
just simply a power washer?
kind of dirty


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Old 08-26-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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There's an "Auto Washing, Detailing & Paint Protection" forum on this site that will serve you well for that type of information.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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Moved to Auto Washing, Detailing & Paint Protection.

Fwiw, I simply use a mixture of Simple Green and water along with assorted brushes to get nooks and crannies. It is preferable to do it at home while the engine is cold. If you take it to a car wash, then you need to leave your engine running during the wash and use low pressure. If I'm at the car wash I will hit it with the pre-soak, wheel cleaner, and then the rinse without using full pressure. Try to avoid spraying your fuse box and alternator, and keep it light around the spark plugs. Rinse, rinse, rinse, because Simple Green and associated chemicals are usually corrosive.

Ensure that you leave your car running-I cannot stress this enough. That will assist in keeping the engine at a normal temperature while spraying it and avoid possible issues of rapidly cooling the heat-soaked aluminum.
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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(=
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Here is a link to to Sonus Engine kote:
http://www.autogeek.net/sonus-trim-motor-kote.html
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