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Cleaning Engine Bay?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by WATacoRider, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Jul 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    WATacoRider

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    The engine bay is super dirty. Full of sand and dust from the Arizona desert. I've had the truck for 2 years now and it hasnt cleaned itself. :rolleyes:

    Anyways, my question is what needs to be covered before hosing it down?

    Obviously the battery and alternator. Anything else? I dont plan on removing the plastic cover either.

    Just going to get it wet, spray Simple Green everywhere. Then hose off.

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  2. Jul 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM
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    Maybe throw a towel over the fuse box too just in case
     
  3. Jul 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM
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    whitetaco02

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    Where's the dirt?
     
  4. Jul 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    WATacoRider

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    not my truck. just want i want it to somewhat look like after i'm done. :eek:

    And the picture was for reference for what to cover up.
     
  5. Jul 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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    kingston73

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    It wasn't a tacoma, but I watched some people across the street from my parent's house pressure washing their engine. After they were done they tried to start their car, wouldn't start. Wonder why??
     
  6. Jul 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    Maticuno

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    I bought my truck from CarMax. While I did have a great buying experience, it took me about an hour with a dry rag trying to wipe off all of the "Wet Shine" they put everywhere, especially the engine bay.

    To the OP, regular pressure with a garden hose is fine. Just don't aim the spray directly at anything important, like the alternator.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2011 at 2:41 PM
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    BBBsti LTD

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    Try Mr. Clean on a COLD engine. I have been using the green one for many years.
     
  8. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM
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    I don't cover anything - just spray it and the hood with a cleaner - I use Grease lightning but whatever you have is fine - let it sit for a min or two and spray it off with garden hose - then I start it to make sure no problems - never had any. I figure it has to be built to withstand rain and snow a little water from a garden hose won't hurt it.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    rinse, spray simple green, spray off, looks good!
     
  10. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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    Turtle wax makes an awesome engine detailer.. It is called cd2. I don't use anything else Turtle wax, but that stuff is awesome. Follow the directions right on the can.
     
  11. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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  12. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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    Our local car wash place has several settings for cleaning your engine bay. One is a low pressure pre-soak that to me smells like a simple green mix of some sort .. must have a good de-greaser in it. Then you can put it on low pressure rinse and it's pretty gentle. Done that plenty of times with no probs.
     
  13. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:49 PM
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    simple green and pressure washer, I cover the fuse box in plastic sheeting and the airbox
     
  14. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:59 PM
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    Yea ha I just washed mine I just leave it running and i used the carwash wand and all is good. I dont soak it, but then after i am done I wipe it all down.
     
  15. Jul 9, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    This is all I do except I do take the time to towel dry/wipe the areas I can and the engine bay always looks great.
     
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