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I've got a fair amount of grit and grime built up in my engine compartment and I was wondering whats the best way to clean it out? Can I take it to a do-it-yourself car wash place and just stand WAY back with the washer? Do I need to keep the car running or turned off? Other suggestions?
I've won plenty of car shows, lets do this the proper way.
Go to your auto parts store, find 2 cans of STEAM Excellent stuff!
Castrol Wheel Cleaner, Simple Green, Mothers Back to Black, Any cheap tire spray
Alright, Read the directions on the steam bottle, basically it states, Warm up your car for 15mintues get it to operating temparture.
Then you spray the entire engine with that stuff. Its safe on connections and what not, dont' worry. Spray it everywhere until you use both of those cans. From top to bottle, tranny pan too!
As the directions say, wait for 5-8 mins, then rinse with water, all you need to do is turn on the hose and gently rinse the motor, be careful of the intake. until everything is cleane doff.
Now you need some towls, try to dry off key areas.
Alright, now you will need some steel whool. Use it to clean off the battery ends, and the Alt. But first, spray the Castrol Tire cleaner on the Alt. You'll be amazed how well it will clean the Alt. You can also use it on the front part of the engine. Its made up of the same type of metal. Steel whool the Alt, you should get a nice new look color from it.
Simple Green for all those other areas, a lil mag polish on the fuel rail.
Back To Black works great on all the black plastic parts in the engine bay.
The tire cleaner, cheapo spray, spray it on your hoses and watch them shine.
This is how I do it for car shows anyways. Usually with good results.
I use a a product called Engine Detailer by CD-2. Some super Wal-Marts carry it, but it is usually hard to come by. Trust me, it is awesome!!! You simply cover all painted and polished items, spray it on your engine (wet) bring the engine to temp. and simply wipe off the overspray. The hoses on my car look shiny and new even though I applied CD-2 to my engine bay about 8 months ago! I will try to post some pics. Oh, and it keeps the hoses lubed too so they do not crack! AWESOME STUFF! Liquid gold!
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