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Old 09-08-2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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I was off in the dusty desert(ok Burningman)and now my engine compartment is dusty-can I just spray the engine with water to clean it off? I think it should be ok if I stay clear of the air intake.
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:26 PM   #2
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yeah, its not a problem at all. just make sure you do it when the engine is cold to avoid causing damage to the block from rapid heat differential. i clean minecarefully with a pressure washer every once and a while, i just keep clear of electronic connections to avoid electrical system issues. keeps it looking like new under there.
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:29 PM   #3
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If the engine is "Hot" you can still clean it, just keep it running when you spray it. No differetn than driveing thru a stream or in the rain. Like mentioned above, keep clear of the pullies and electrical components.
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I heard to cover the battery and either the starter or alternator. Need clarification on that.

But when spraying water, use light pressure, not high pressure, so as not to get into wiring and electricals.
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I heard to cover the battery and either the starter or alternator. Need clarification on that.

But when spraying water, use light pressure, not high pressure, so as not to get into wiring and electricals.
Cover/avoid the Alternator. Battery will be fine, and the starter is pretty safe.
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I have used a hose and spray nozzle at home on my past trucks and have never had a problem but agree to do it with the engine cool or if it must be done while warm/hot leave her running.
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I was off in the dusty desert(ok Burningman)and now my engine compartment is dusty-can I just spray the engine with water to clean it off? I think it should be ok if I stay clear of the air intake.
Instead of turning the dust to mud by spraying water on it, why not just blow the dust out with an air gun.
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:52 PM   #8
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Instead of turning the dust to mud by spraying water on it, why not just blow the dust out with an air gun.
Id rather use a water hose. Compressed air can blow the dirt to where it shouldnt be. JMHO. Last time I used compressed air to clean my truck, I blew the buttons on the stereo INTO the stereo.
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hose it off with the motor either cold, or while running...avoid the alternator, and intake if you have an open filter, and let the truck run a few minutes after you are done so it can dry it out. i usually hose mine off in the mornings before i crank it up, then run it a bit to get it dry.
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Last time I used compressed air to clean my truck, I blew the buttons on the stereo INTO the stereo.

Hahaha that's just awesome!!!
Talk about an oh shit moment.
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:59 PM   #12
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A bit too much Psi there chris.
I know.......I seem to think if 130 psi is good for dusting the house, its good for cleaneing the truck.
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