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Old 05-04-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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What to clean engine bay with?

Like the title says I'm looking to clean my engine bay, it is down right terrible. I was thinking covering the battery and intake and using purple power? i know not to drench it in water but how do you guys do it? and what do you sugest doing? thanks guys, hopes this helps more than me.


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Old 05-04-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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cover the intake. battery is fine. I'd go with some lightly diluted PP in a spray bottle and let it sit for awhile. spray it a few times if you need to. I regularly wash my engine bay at the car wash with the wand.

What you have to be careful of is letting water sit in the spark plug wells and any connectors where it can cause corrosion or arcing of the ignition. I like to use compressed air after, but you may not have access to that. And of course, if you have an open filter element there you want to cover that up.
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I like Gunk's Engine Brite stuff,works well and isn't corrosive to bare metal or I use Simple Green.
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I used simple green, but First run the entine for a couple minutes. Spray the simple green let it sit for 10 minutes, then hose away. You can use f1 tire shine after. Just spray the foam and use a rag for those tough spots. That is how I did it in my ranger...

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I use Dawn or some other dish soap, on tough spots I use Gunk. I cover the Electronics with pieces of foil. Remove them when done and blow off with compressed air. I use 303 on all the plastic and rubber, keeps things clean for a long time. Make sure you get the battery clean, you can get carbon tracking across the dirt. With the 303 I do all the Interior Plastic and rubber first, put the rag in a ziplock and do the engine bay later. That way I don't waste the 303.
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Question Well

How about a very very sad engine bay after winter. Anyone have exp points here? Salt/dirt on everything, belt shreds from an accessory tensioner going that garage never cleaned, antifreeze from thermostat.... How would getting any cleaner on the belts effect them? How bout covering up timing cover so nothing definitely gets in? The car has been sitting for 3 months while I haven't been home maybe driven twice, started every weekend. I want to clean it when I can drive it very soon. I'd like to clay it and wax again this year but the engine bay has priority!
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That's pretty much how my engine bay looks lol. I'm thinking simple green, then like they said any spots that didn't come off use gunk.
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Yea. I want to get around to this on a nice sunny day I can leave the hood off when I put the cf one on and let it dry a while. How about a purple bottle of superclean I have laying around? It says engines on back. Any advice on getting cleaners on belts or is it ok as long as its rinsed off?
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JBoth Simple Green and Super Clean are corrosive to aluminum. Not that you can't use it, but you don't want it to sit very long. Make sure that you use them relatively sparingly, even if that means a few different washes with scrubbing, and ensure that is stays wet. You don't want it do dry on whatever you're cleaning.

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Mine, taken on 02 May, about 13 months old. In all fairness, I don't really get a 'winter'-
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under hood cleaning

I use purple power and an electric pressure washer on mine. As mentioned water gets in the spark plug wells. I unplug the spark plug wires one at a time and use a shop vac with a piece of 1/4" diameter hose adapted to it to suck the water out.
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