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Alright I'm sick of this...how do I clean this???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tmat, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:01 PM
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    tmat [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Okay so everybody says to buy the engine cleaner and wipe it down with a damp rag, but if you can see by the pictures I have a lot to clean in many hard to reach places.
    I know many of you do desert runs and I'm sure you get this all the time....what do you guys do? Do you take it to those self car wash places and spray your engine bay with that stuff? I don't know. Help!

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    Thanks for the help guys
     
  2. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM
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    Andrew H

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  5. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:08 PM
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    alright. hold on a sec.
     
  6. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:08 PM
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    Did you try using a pressure washer?
     
  7. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:09 PM
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    there we go. sorry about that.
     
  8. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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    pressure washer... on low
     
  9. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:14 PM
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    alright. then I read somewhere to then turn on the engine after that and let it run for a little?
     
  10. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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    yeah, I guess to let it dry but I can't see how that really matter
     
  11. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM
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    You bought engine degreser right. Leave truck on spray the engine stuff on then like solus694 said low pressure. Once clean I used to spray armoral all over. of course engine still on then rev engine few times. you want to leave your engine on if you get your plugs too wet it wont start.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Alright got it

    • leave engine on
    • spray degreaser
    • pressure wash all the stuff off on low
    • keep engine running to dry stuff off
    Thanks for the info guys!
     
  13. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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    Sounds good. Just make sure to leave it on during and afterwards. When I used to detail, engine was always first then we washed and waxed outside with engine still on.
     
  14. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    awesome. thanks for all the help guys.
     
  15. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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    Exactly, just leave it running and you can spray the whole thing. Let's see some after pictures:D
     
  16. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    I totally agree with you. After I came back from the trip that did that to my engine bay I drove around for about a month and decided to get the AFE pro dry-s air filter and when I put it in I noticed a seriously large improvement in throttle response. The air filter that came with the truck was super dusty and dirty.
    But then again detailers swear that if you have a clean engine bay your car will run better.
     
  17. Apr 2, 2010 at 3:46 PM
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    fsho fsho
     
  18. Apr 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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    Don't spray cleaner on a warm engine it'll just cook on.

    I clean my engine by spraying heavy duty simple green all over the engine. I let it soak for 10 or 15 minutes then just spray it off with a regular hose.

    It works very well.

    Marc M
     
  19. Apr 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    Make sure you cover any electric components with plastic bags and rubber bands. Especially your alternator!
     
  20. Apr 3, 2010 at 5:00 AM
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    Leave enging on? LOL!! NO NO NO!. Clean it while its cool, Cover up any expensive electrical components under the hood, then clean it. After you are done, either dry with compressed air (the best way) or let it dry on it's own. Dont run it or turn it on until its dry!

    The last thing you want to do is clean it while the engine is running! If you do, you run the risk of shorting out just about everything. Water is an EXCELLENT conductor and can fry stuff quite easily.
     
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