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Cleaning the engine bay?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Khaos, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Jan 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM
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    Khaos

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    Whats the best way to go about cleaning the engine bay? Mines covered in crap from mud splashing up into there. I've already spraid it with the hose (engine on, as I've heard to do) but I've still got water marks and shit all over my engine and bottom of my hood. Call it OCD but I want it to look as clean as I can in there....
     
  2. Jan 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM
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    brianr

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    I learned the hard way, the best way to clean is by using the damp towel from drying your truck after a wash.


    You dont want water in/on your pulleys, and especially your alternator.
     
  3. Jan 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM
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    HerNameIsLucy

    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    The engine cleaner made by Gunk seems to leave less of the white garbage behind.

    I got one of those RV water filters, the type made to go between a camper and a RV park water tap and put it between my house spigot and pressure washer goes-inner. No more water spots. They're quite cheap at Home Desperate.

    brianr raises a good point, cover that alternator before you spray! You have an 05 so no distributor to worry about.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2009 at 6:19 AM
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    Ry1984

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    toothbrush and simple green or any degreaser. but toothbrush works great then wipe clean. I have OCD in the engine bay to
     
  5. Jan 25, 2009 at 6:30 AM
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    DeeKay21

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    Speaking of cleaning the engine. Anyone else with a hood scoop get water spots from leakage through the scoop?:confused:
     
  6. Jan 25, 2009 at 6:39 AM
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    Brianr does. He used silicone to try and seal it off.
     
  7. Jan 25, 2009 at 7:09 AM
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    Yeah I was thinking about doing something like that. :cool:
     
  8. Jan 25, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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    he still has some leaks, but hes working on a fix. You may want to keep in touch with him to check his progress.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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    Yeah I'll do that. Thanks chris!!!;)
     
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    Don't the dealerships use high pressure steam to clean the engine bays? I thought I heard that some where.
     
  11. Jan 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM
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    I just cleaned the engine bay the other day after my trip out to Death Valley. Wow, it was filthy!:eek: I used (I think it's called) Foamy Engine Bright. After you hose it all off, use a leaf blower to get all the water off. Works pretty good if you don't have an air compressor like me.:rolleyes:
     
  12. Feb 21, 2009 at 6:35 PM
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    So is hosing the engine bay a bad thing? After I hosed mine down im experiencing difficulty starting up. I have manual tranny and when I turn the key to turn it on sometimes nothing happens, as if I never held the clutch in. Im wondering if wires got messed up by the water? Can someone chime in. thanks
     
  13. Feb 23, 2009 at 7:29 PM
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    id put a bag over the battery and spray the whole engine and under the hood while keeping away from those areas with electrical wires...id recommend keeping the engine incase u do get water in some bad spots it can just dry it up depending how many u sprayed. after spraying engine with a pressure washer i soak it in degreaser and let it sit then spray it off again and dry everything. now put some dressing on it and whipe it down good
     
  14. Feb 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM
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    i just usually hose it down. Ive never used any of that engine brite stuff. Id imagine some good soap and water would be good, with that water filter mentioned above tapped inline on your hose.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2009 at 7:33 PM
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    i always pressure wash mine......staying away from the alternator....all while the engine is running, and never spray in one spot too long. i have never had a problem with this method.
     
  16. Feb 24, 2009 at 3:42 AM
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    Cleaning the engine bay, sham-wow, only thing I found good to use it for..............:D
     
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    I'm just wondering what the reasoning is behind having the engine running while hosing down the engine. Can anyone explain please? Thanks
     
  19. Mar 3, 2009 at 5:55 AM
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    I was told that you keep the engine running so if water gets into someplace it shouldnt be, the engine heat will help it dry quicker. Also, if water gets into the alt., with the engine running, the alt. fan will help to blow the water out of it.
     
  20. Mar 12, 2009 at 6:58 AM
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    Like in the Army, soak the rag in diesel oil, ring it out and just wipe clean. If you pass a military inspection with this it will look as new.
     
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