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Want to clean my engine etc

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dee_bo, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Nov 12, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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    dee_bo

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    Hello I'm getting a used 2007 Tacoma Saturday. I would like to clean under the hood as the previous owner didn't really keep it clean and it's dusty. What should I use exactly to do the job. Yes I know a rag lol. Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 12, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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    Rippin101

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    Small soap and water mix, don't spray really hard under there with a hose and keep the hose moving.
     
  3. Nov 12, 2009 at 1:56 PM
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    george3

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    I just sprayed some all purpose cleaner around and hosed it off. Came out nice and clean.
     
  4. Nov 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM
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    Joelito2983

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    Same here since i wash the truck every other day i just wipe off with a damp towel.
     
  5. Nov 12, 2009 at 2:16 PM
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    dktaco

    dktaco Yes MAObama is a joke!

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    This should be posted in the detailing section, but here ya go! I detail on the side and have been doing this method for years. If you want to see my results shoot me a PM with your e-mail and I will send them over.


    How to clean and shine the engine bay!


    1. Let engine warm up. This loosens up the grime. Turn engine off (I do this …however inexperienced people I do not recommend it as you could crack the block)
    2. Spray engine with degreaser. I use Purple Power full strength. Lightly spray bay with water to sud up degreaser.
    3. Agitate all areas with a wheel brush. This includes under the hood!
    4. Let sit for 5 minutes.
    5. Using a lower powered pressure washer, blast the bay. Pressure washers use 75% air making it safer than a hose.
    6. Once rinsed, spray bay down with Armor All tire foam. Shut hood and crank vehicle. This is why you do the engine first. OVERSPRAY!
    7. Let vehicle run for about 15-20 minutes while washing it. I call this the baking process. The heat will evaporate all water and leave a nice matte shine behind.
    8. Open hood and wipe down with MF mitt or towel.
     
  6. Nov 12, 2009 at 2:24 PM
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    Taco Ron

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    ^ Good info.

    and, love your avitar.
     
  7. Nov 12, 2009 at 2:27 PM
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    Blumpkinson

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  8. Nov 12, 2009 at 2:36 PM
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    Thanks! If anyone is local and wants this done I can make their engine bay look new again for a tiny fee and some beer! :p
     
  9. Nov 12, 2009 at 2:36 PM
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    dktaco

    dktaco Yes MAObama is a joke!

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    ^ Works well, but Purple Power cuts grim a little better.
     
  10. Nov 12, 2009 at 3:04 PM
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    Thanks man but that seems a little complicated. Can't I just buy some stuff and use a rag to wipe it down. I live in an apartment complex and the hose thing gonna be tough lol
     
  11. Nov 12, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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    dktaco Yes MAObama is a joke!

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    Not really. How far does your family, friend, etc live to you? Do it at there house. It takes no time at all. I thought it was a long process, but now I do mine ever 3 mos. it stays so clean and it take me less than 20 mins.
     
  12. Nov 12, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    i bought an '06, and i tackled the motor compartment the easy way. i have a soft brush that is typically used for wheels. with very gentle water pressure, i just gently hose and brush away. i cleaned everything, under the hood and everything. my truck has zero oil leaks and the greasy grime is really at a minimum. water and some mechanical brushing took care of everything. why use a degreaser if there isnt any grease?
     
  13. Nov 12, 2009 at 4:27 PM
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    Armor All Wipes
     
  14. Nov 12, 2009 at 5:02 PM
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    i hate that fry your eggs shiney look. plus one trip into the backwoods, and armor all attracts more dust/dirt.
     
  15. Nov 12, 2009 at 5:59 PM
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    yosh2000

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    :thumbsup: i hate that stuff. my buddy was bragging about the detail he got on his truck, well the inside got wiped down w/ armor all and it was all shiny and greasy...just terrible.
     
  16. Nov 12, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    ktmrider

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    i know you can go to some dealers and for like 40 bucks they will steam clean your engine and make it look spotless
     
  17. Nov 12, 2009 at 6:48 PM
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    I use the same method as dktaco. Except I spray my bay after it's clean with CD-2 Engine Detailer. Spray on, run engine for 10 minutes, wipe off any excess, and you're done. Looks brand new. You can get CD-2 at Autozone. wmb67
     
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