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Cleaning engine

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Skeetdad, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Feb 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM
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    Skeetdad

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    I just read the "hot or cold" thread on cleaning engines. As a moderately inept mechanic, what pieces absolutely should get covered with plastic before washing? What should not be powerfully directed at?
     
  2. Mar 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM
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    TacoFlavouredKiss

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    I think it'd be better to just use a rag or something. I've seen someone high pressure hose their bay, not too pretty
     
  3. Mar 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM
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    I've pressure washed mine at a Blue Beacon for years. Just leave it running, and stay away from the air box and let the chemicals do most of the work.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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    I do it all the time. Just use it to blow off the suds. Don't hold it close to anything to be safe.
     
  5. Mar 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM
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    JeanClaude

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    With a cool engine, as long as you don't soak components down you will be fine.
     
  6. Mar 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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    GotExhaust

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    Here's a good video that Adam's Polishes did a while ago. The engine bay they used for demonstration isn't *that* dirty ...but I'm in total agreement with most of the techniques they cover.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZvEZrgyoX0
     
  7. Mar 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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    Janster

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    I think the key is .....engine COLD and not a lot of pressure.

    I've only done mine a couple times in 7 years. I used to use Simple Green.....but that stuff is kinda corrosive.

    The last time I washed mine, I used DAWN Power Dissolver. Spray it on....let it sit for a few minutes and hose it off with no pressure and no scrubbing.

    It's probably not a 'detailers' choice - but it cleaned it up enough for me!!
     
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