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Old 05-01-2005, 07:51 PM   #11
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Adk, have you tried that method on the new ZX4 yet? Just with all the exposed wires from coil-on-plug it's completely different from the 2000, ya know?

I'm just scared trying to clean my engine I'll destroy it, that would suck so bad...
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Old 05-03-2005, 04:15 PM   #12
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I just washed my engine the other day. You guys will probably kill me for this, but i use one of those do it your self coin ops. My engine bay was so dirty and i was desperate. So I put in like 2bucks and then proceeded to pressure wash the engine. But wait theres more... after the quick soak I grabed the brushy thing and turned the nozzle to tire cleaner and degreaser. Then I went to work using the tire brush on the engine, being careful not to pull any of the connectors loose. I think I hit everything but the headers. After I got done with that I once again pressure washed the engine to get the degreaser off. Then I sprayed armor all on all the black pieces in there (fuse box, battery cover, pzev equipment) basically If its black and in the engine compartment, it got baptized with armor all. then i wiped off the excess and started the motor to burn off all the excess water.

After hearing all the horror stories Im not sure what all the fuss is about. My engine compartment is goregous now and I havent had ne problems.

Also, I did this on the Duratec with the coil on plug ignition and the rats nest of cables.
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Amanda, I haven't tried it yet on the 2005 I will have to coem up with something....

Jeremy, Thanks for keeping us posted.....living on the edge huh? LOL Someone has to try it right? I'll be next unless someone beats me to in it the next 6 months

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Old 05-03-2005, 05:34 PM   #14
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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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Old 05-03-2005, 07:59 PM   #15
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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.

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Old 05-04-2005, 12:40 AM   #16
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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 ;)
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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.
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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..


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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 ?
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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?
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