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Old 06-14-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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how to clean my engine/engine bay

i have an 04 SVT and im wanting to clean the engine bay. what should i buy? how should i do it? what should i watch out for? like aluminum anywhere that could corrode/anything that could dry-rot or ruin any hoses.


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you can wash the engine as a whole, nothing really to be worried about. Some people cover wiring with saran wrap, some don't. Definitely cover cold air intakes, etc...

Do it while the car is warm. NOT hot! Just warm.

An alternative method is to just spritz some WD40 or 303 Aerospace Protectant on the vehicle before you go for a drive for about 2 weeks. It'll be clean after that...
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is there any engine degreaser i should get over another?
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is there any engine degreaser i should get over another?
Akaline based wheel cleaner and a brush, followed by a pressure washer. for the plastic parts, go back with tire shine on a rag, wipe it evenly then, go back with a dry rag to take the tire shine off. You will have plastic that is black and looks new with out the gaudy used car shine.
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do you need a degreaser?
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If the engine bay is really really bad you might want to get a true degreaser. I use P21S Total Auto Wash with a boar hair brush, and then top it off with 303 Aerospace Protector.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:40 PM   #7
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i would cover the sparkplug holes. water ALWAYS gets in!!!
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the only thing ull hurt on ur car with that is if you spray the car down while its hot ull crack somthing if its cold no biggie dont sit in one spot for too long and i would use a power washer if u have one or a spray head with a jet setting...degreaser works best havnt really used any from the local stores cuse i still wash my car at the dealer ship i used to work at lol...and cold air intakes i would avoid soaking if you hit it just take it off to dry it but dont run it right after or run it while cleaning ull just hydrolock your motor not good lol
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cool, thanks for the tips everyone!
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