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Old 09-08-2011, 11:42 PM   #1
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How to clean your engine bay?

Ok, so I washed and waxed my truck today. I also wiped down the frame and under belly. I popped the hood and clean what I could but that sh*t is dirty. Lots of dirt everywhere! How can I clean the dirt in there without actually wiping down everything by hand? I'm not talking about grease but dirt left over from crossing through mud pits etc. Can I get it steam cleaned? If so how and where to look? My 16 year old honda look 100 times better then my 3 year old tacoma. I want a clean engine bay!
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Soak it with Simple Green and spray with a hose.
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Drive it through a deep cleanish puddle..
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Soak it with Simple Green and spray with a hose.
Did something close to that. I used 409 and soaked it with a hose after I pressure washed what areas I could. It still has a brown cake on everything...
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Soak it with Simple Green and spray with a hose.
Yup . Straight simple green no dilution . Let it soak for a couple of minutes then rinse well. That's how I clean my dirt bike
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Hahaha. You can take ur truck outta Hawaii but not Hawaii outta your truck
Pretty much yeah. Its not like a cake but more like a film covered on everything including my serpentine belt
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Na MCBH Kaneohe mud/Peacock Flats mud/a WHOLE LATTA Kaena Point mud

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AutoZone Engine Degreaser. Probably need a few cans.

Spray. Sit 10 mins. Rinse.
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I use black magic 2 in 1. It worked great
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same problem, please reply with results, id like to do mine as well...
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Blackmagic sucks. Use Purple power let sit for 5-10 min. Then use engine detailer
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Simple Green. End thread.
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Simple Green. End thread.
Put a whole bottle of simple green in that engine bay and let it soak in real good then sprayed it off. No joy. My coolant hoses are covered in crap as well as the firewall and everything else I can't reach with my cloth. Also now I have water spots everywhere.

Showing my pickup at a small show tomorrow and I'm trying to get it as clean as possible. It looks GREAT just permanent dirt in the engine.
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Where do you get "purple power"? I didn't see anything like that at Target or Autozone
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Sounds like you might have to get a brush in there and scrub. I always was all the mud the day after to avoid it hardening on the truck.
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Sounds like you might have to get a brush in there and scrub. I always was all the mud the day after to avoid it hardening on the truck.
Yeah me too. I got a pressure washer I normally use but this is different. Its like a brown film. I think it got really hot and cooked its self into everything.
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Where do you get "purple power"? I didn't see anything like that at Target or Autozone
I get it at orielys
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