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what is the best way to clean a dirty engine?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by tacomabuddha, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    tacomabuddha

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    Hi, i was wondering what is the best way to clean a dirty engine without hurting the wires or anything that's under the hood. Can you just hose it down wit h2o? Please help :confused:
     
  2. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM
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  3. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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    I was wondering the same thing.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM
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    I use a motorcycle-specific cleaner called S-100. They say it's formulated to protect rubber and plastic. Simply spray it on, wait a few minutes and use moderately strong water spray to wash down the engine area. It has worked well for me. Any time I remove spark plugs, intakes or any part that exposes interior parts, I like for the engine area to be as clean as possible.

    I cover any large electrical plugs, orifices and such with blue painter's tape, spray liberally with S-100, maybe scrub around a little with a soft brush, wait a few minutes and hose it down with a moderate jet spray. I'm always amazed at how nice everything looks when I'm done.

    Two important things to remember: 1. Immediately wash-off any S-100 residue that might have gotten out side the engine bay (it will have) and 2. Seal-off your spark plug holes as best you can. If your truck runs like crap after washing your engine bay it's most likely that some water got down into a spark plug well.

    S-100 is not cheap but I think it's worth it. Makes my KLR 650 look "almost" new!
     
  7. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    WD-40 is incredible! Makes everything look brand new! Takes away all the "caked" in mud that is in the rubber hoses
     
  8. Apr 28, 2010 at 2:46 AM
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    I cover up the altenator with a rag and plastic bag and then spray Simple Green on the engine and let it sit for a few seconds and then spray it all down. Works good.
     
  9. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:12 AM
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    x2! this is what i did. just barely spray it down with water doing little areas at a time. engine looks brand new!
     
  10. Apr 28, 2010 at 6:30 AM
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    CD-2 engine detail spray is terriffic. Get it at Autozone.
    Leaves everything looking great and won't attract dust.
    Also works great under fender wells.
     
  11. Apr 28, 2010 at 6:34 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Becareful with the Simple Green as it is caustic to aluminum. They make an Aluminum safe variety.
     
  12. Apr 28, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    Thanks for the tip. :D I just googled it and it says it can cause aluminum to corrode faster.
     
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