1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

cleaning the engine bay

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by nd, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. Apr 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    #1
    nd

    nd [OP] Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1047
    Messages:
    12,735
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nate
    Greenville, SC
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off-Road 4x4 debadged
    De badged, 5100's, Black Toyota Baja wheels
    hey guys, after the Uwharrie trip my engine bay is caked with mud. I was just planning on spraying the hell out of my engine with a hose. is there anything i need to watch out for or be careful around? is there a better way to get my engine mud free?
     
  2. Apr 28, 2008 at 1:09 PM
    #2
    Dcrooks84

    Dcrooks84 Sir Anal Loin of Beef

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2007
    Member:
    #3347
    Messages:
    475
    Gender:
    Male
    Ohio
    Vehicle:
    05 double cab SR5 Pkg #8 lng bd 4X4
    Removed secondary air filter, Fog light anytime, Map light mod, Scan Gauge II, Polished Stainless Steel Westin E-Series Bull Bar, Black GrilleCraft Grille, Borla CatBack Exhaust
    Everything should be pretty much sealed up. When I do clean mine out I always steer clear of the intake (if exposed), fuse box and any other type of wire connections. I'm just overly cautious about those things. Other than those as long as all of your gaskets are in good shape you shouldn't have an issue. Just dont do it right after the engine has been running, rapidly cooling is not the way to go.
     
  3. Apr 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM
    #3
    nd

    nd [OP] Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1047
    Messages:
    12,735
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nate
    Greenville, SC
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off-Road 4x4 debadged
    De badged, 5100's, Black Toyota Baja wheels
    thanks for the info. i had heard not to do it with a hot engine before but i'm glad you reminded me, i sorta forgot about it...
     
  4. Apr 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM
    #4
    Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Member:
    #5269
    Messages:
    3,616
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Frank
    San Francisco
    Vehicle:
    2001 prerunner doublecab limited
    2001 with; cat-back twin exhaust,elbow mod, Westin bullbar with Hella550's, Snugtop XTR camper shell, TRD off-road 2x4-black beauty.
    Hey ND that's a nervous undertaking to me but I would also stay clear of the ignition parts too like the coilpaks just 'cause of them arching etc. If you have access to an air hose you could fluff off alot of the dry mud with the aid of a soft wire brush
     
  5. Apr 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM
    #5
    tigerfan00

    tigerfan00 BECAUSE INTERNETS!! Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2008
    Member:
    #5966
    Messages:
    37,183
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    Dunkin Donuts
    Vehicle:
    02 TRD 4x4
    the way i look at it...if mud got there...then water will too on a rainy day...sooo...for the most part it shouldnt hurt it too much...just dont go spraying water down any tubes

    i use a hose on mine every now and then and knock on wood have had no issues yet
     
  6. Apr 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM
    #6
    nd

    nd [OP] Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1047
    Messages:
    12,735
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nate
    Greenville, SC
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off-Road 4x4 debadged
    De badged, 5100's, Black Toyota Baja wheels
    the air hose wont work, the mud is caked about half an inch thick. wire brush wont work either, its EVERYWHERE. I would have to take the engine apart to get to all that.
     
  7. Apr 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM
    #7
    nd

    nd [OP] Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Member:
    #1047
    Messages:
    12,735
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nate
    Greenville, SC
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off-Road 4x4 debadged
    De badged, 5100's, Black Toyota Baja wheels
    thats what i was thinking. its on the underside of my hood. i assume its no problem.
     
  8. Apr 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM
    #8
    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Lead, follow, or get the hell o Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2007
    Member:
    #1475
    Messages:
    26,351
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Will
    York,South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    '13 Silverado ext cab
    i pressure washed my engine compartment yesterday when i got back......seems to not have hurt anything.....everything is running normal.
     
To Top