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Cleaning my engine

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by bboynowee, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Jun 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM
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    bboynowee

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    Well I want to clean my engine on my 05 Tacoma pre runner but not sure how to go about it....I just recently got the truck and I don't want water to go in bad places.:confused:

    I just got back from the local auto part store and bought engine detailer and degreaser...:D

    any tips guys? thanks
     
  2. Jun 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    steve r

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    luke wram engine .spray it down with the stuff u bought let set and rinse
     
  3. Jun 24, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    Damn i was ready to pull the SEAFOAM trigger thinking he meant the inside haha.

    I also heard simple green does a great job
     
  4. Jun 24, 2009 at 2:59 PM
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    Thanks! :D
     
  5. Jun 24, 2009 at 2:59 PM
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    LOL yeah not ready for the seafoam...:D
     
  6. Jun 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM
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    yeah, dont spray simple green on your engine while it's hot. It'll make everything smell weird. And I usually open up the hood and spray it down with simple green, then I vacuum/detail the inside, and by the time I'm done, it'll have soaked in and I'll spray off the engine and close the hood. Works everytime! :)
     
  7. Jun 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM
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    just dont get all crazy with the power washer, and dont spray in any direct spot for too long. Get it done, and get outta there...lol
     
  8. Jun 24, 2009 at 4:14 PM
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    Ok so you guys are saying I can spray the degreaser and just water the engine down? I mean I do not have to worry about watering down wires and stuff?
     
  9. Jun 24, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    Sparing ly on the rinse .Dont make a flood of water all at once .Make sure u rinse the paint on the outside too for the chemical spray.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2009 at 4:20 PM
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    Thanks bro!:D
     
  11. Jun 24, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    I just go to the car wash and rinse it out.
     
  12. Jun 24, 2009 at 4:49 PM
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    I'm not an expert on this since I have only done it about five times or so. Before washing I would suggest covering up the fuse box, alternator, things like that with a rag or something. But I'm guessing you already know about doing this, but I thought I would throw that out there anyways.
     
  13. Jun 25, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    no need to do that really....just avoid spraying water into the air intake...but it's inside the fender well so no worries on the tacoma...just drive it around a bit afterwards to dry all the water off a bit...not necessary but a good idea
     
  14. Jun 25, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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    Simple Green Simple Green Simple Green!! Provided your engine isn't completely dirty, Simple Green will work wonders. Keep up on it and you will be amazed at how nice it works. Just got rid of my 10 yr old s-10 that's engine compartment looked maybe 2 yrs old. And I live in new york with salted roads in the winter. Actually just cleaned my wifes Xterra's engine tonight. Looks like the day we bought it. On a cool engine, just use a lot of simple green, patience and low pressure rinse. Repeat if necessary. Avoid detailer unless you are selling, it looks nice but atracts dust. At 70mph in a rain storm, where do you think the water goes? Modern engine compartments are relatively water tight. My S-10 actually developed a problem in the end. Spray water in the wrong spot and it would quit. Never did figure out what was wrong. Oh well gone now!!!
     
  15. Jun 30, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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    wrap your alternator in a plastic bag.
     
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    Simply green, Low water pressure, avoid electrical, air intake areas as mentioned, and just try to use just enough water to get it rinsed. I also like to run the motor afterwards, the heat helps dry things out and I wipe clean the rest. :cool:
     
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    I have heard that before...
     
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    what? you never drive in the rain?:confused:


    Totally unnecessary to wrap the alternator.

    I'd also advise NOT to use a power washer.
     
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