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dusty engine

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jimiola, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Sep 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM
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    jimiola

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    I was off in the dusty desert(ok Burningman)and now my engine compartment is dusty-can I just spray the engine with water to clean it off? I think it should be ok if I stay clear of the air intake.
     
  2. Sep 8, 2008 at 5:26 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    yeah, its not a problem at all. just make sure you do it when the engine is cold to avoid causing damage to the block from rapid heat differential. i clean minecarefully with a pressure washer every once and a while, i just keep clear of electronic connections to avoid electrical system issues. keeps it looking like new under there.
     
  3. Sep 8, 2008 at 5:29 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    If the engine is "Hot" you can still clean it, just keep it running when you spray it. No differetn than driveing thru a stream or in the rain. Like mentioned above, keep clear of the pullies and electrical components. :)
     
  4. Sep 8, 2008 at 5:51 PM
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    ERdept

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    I heard to cover the battery and either the starter or alternator. Need clarification on that.

    But when spraying water, use light pressure, not high pressure, so as not to get into wiring and electricals.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Cover/avoid the Alternator. Battery will be fine, and the starter is pretty safe. :)
     
  6. Sep 8, 2008 at 6:14 PM
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    tdm156

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    I have used a hose and spray nozzle at home on my past trucks and have never had a problem but agree to do it with the engine cool or if it must be done while warm/hot leave her running.
     
  7. Sep 8, 2008 at 6:49 PM
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    CometKat

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    Instead of turning the dust to mud by spraying water on it, why not just blow the dust out with an air gun.
     
  8. Sep 8, 2008 at 6:52 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Id rather use a water hose. Compressed air can blow the dirt to where it shouldnt be. JMHO. Last time I used compressed air to clean my truck, I blew the buttons on the stereo INTO the stereo. :(
     
  9. Sep 8, 2008 at 6:54 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    hose it off with the motor either cold, or while running...avoid the alternator, and intake if you have an open filter, and let the truck run a few minutes after you are done so it can dry it out. i usually hose mine off in the mornings before i crank it up, then run it a bit to get it dry.
     
  10. Sep 8, 2008 at 7:53 PM
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    TacoNut

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    Hahaha that's just awesome!!!
    Talk about an oh shit moment.
     
  11. Sep 8, 2008 at 9:47 PM
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    luk8272

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    A bit too much Psi there chris.
     
  12. Sep 9, 2008 at 4:59 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    I know.......I seem to think if 130 psi is good for dusting the house, its good for cleaneing the truck. :D
     
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