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Old 06-23-2003, 09:21 PM
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Best way to clean engine compartment.

I was curious as to how everyone keeps their engine compartment extremely clean. And whats the best way to clean up the compartment if its pretty bad inside... Without removing the engine.
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Old 06-23-2003, 09:54 PM
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for cleaning the underframe and suspension pieces, I use oven cleaner and a pressure washer. don`t let it get on any of the grease boots, and it`ll clean everything up pretty good.
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If you wanna get fancy get some gunk engine degreaser and spray her down, let it sit, break out the pressure hose and go.

Most of the time people start out clean and keep it clean as that is the easiest way of doing things. But I usually just make sure that I spray down the engine when it gets dirty.

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Nothing beats a steam clean.
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Steam cleaning works great, but don't steam clean the protective grease out of your computer and fuel injection connectors, etc. It causes intermittent problems months later that will drive you nuts. Of course if you don't have those.....
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Old 06-23-2003, 11:35 PM
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So if i were to go buy a can or 2 of engine degreaser (assuming that it comes in areosol cans) and spray everything down really well. Then let it sit for a few minutes and break out the power washer would that work pretty good? I'm worried about getting water or moisture in places it shouldn't be.
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basically keep the water away from the computer (if firewall mounted), distributor cap (easily covered by a safeway bag etc.), and intake (if round exposed air cleaner, a bag will work again, if snorkeled than just watch where you put the hose. and yeah spray it down.

Understand however that submerging the alternator is not a good thing but it can get wet. Basically let the engine cool down drive straight to the car wash, (try not to get the motor hot) and clean the oil pan all the way to the valve covers and avoid spraying the ***** out of everything else.

NOTE: If you should get the distributor wet and the car wont start (if the guy cleaning floors in the car wash isnt' a dick) take the cap off and clean it out with a dry rag, and if it still dont run, clean around the spk plg boots with a rag.

I used to work in a car wash and it was always one or the other.
(just don't do what one person did, and decide to clean the air filter housing.......while it was still on the motor. I've never seen a motor hydrolock till that day)

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Old 06-24-2003, 11:21 PM
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Thanks a lot for the advice hollywood. Looks like I'll be bringin the pressure washer outta the garage pretty soon. I've been wanting to clean it up so bad.. But wasn't for sure what all parts needed to be avoided. Thanks again.


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Old 06-25-2003, 02:08 AM
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DoubleVision.. You said you use oven cleaner? What brand? And it doesn't leave any kind of residue or anything does it?
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i'm not Doublevision, but i do wear glasses....

ez off or whatever the cheap stuff at the dollar store is. i don't know the name of the ingredient, but its an awesome grease cutter. por15's marine clean has the same odor........ and it's good stuff too.
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alright.. thanks a lot larry.. will have to try that stuff out.
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Oven cleaner works great on heavy and caked on grease. I use a degreaser from Pro Products from a detail supply store called Red Devil degreaser. Its water soluable and leaves the eng comp spotless. I use it about every six months to keep the eng comp clean, without the smell of oil and oven cleaner buring off the manifolds after you clean the eng. If I'm selling the car, I like to use Pro Premo dressing and protectant (tire dressing) and spray the eng with that after cleaning. Makes the eng. and hoses look like new. Nice sheen without the shiny waxy plastic look.
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Carb cleaner.Makes crappy old hoses and plug wires look new again.Evan cleans up plastic like fan shrouds.
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50% strength Greased Lightning, and the good old pressure washer works for me, just be careful around aluminium with it. If it sits too long on aluminium parts, they will discolor. It sure makes short work of the road film, grease, oil, paint overspray, dirt or whatever!
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I have used oven cleaner, GUNK degreaser, and others. But, I used the por-15 marine clean recently to touch everything up, including old bolts. It is bio-degradeable, which means it can be washed down the driveway, but dont let that make you think it is not commercial grade (which it is). It can be used for general cleaning, and on an engine bay with a 7 to 1 mix. This means that it will last a long time. It was about $10.00. I have used it on everything around my car and it is paintable as soon as you rinse and dry. There is absolutely no residue, and I have plenty left. Good luck.
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