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Unread 06-03-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to clean engine compartment

Could someone tell me the best way to clean the engine, and what cleaner to use,without water blasting it at a car wash? Thanks.
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personally I'd never "wash it", I just wet a cloth with WD 40 and wipe it manually...
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My favorite way to do this is actually using the local DIY carwash.
I grab some walmart shopping bags, rags, a wire brush, any can of engine degreaser. If you want to get a nice shine out of any chrome bling or polished/painted parts then choose your detailing tools and chemicals you need.

I place the shopping bags securely over electrical components, such as the fuse boxes, alternator, anywhere water can get into the engine such as the intake inlets, or over the filter of a CAI etc.

Spray on the degreaser on a warm motor, let it sit. If you want, start scrubbing the real grimy areas while the rest soaks.

After a good soak, start spraying. Not to your standard? Repeat. Too easy.
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Pressure washer, simple green, and an air hose to blow it dry when you're done. That's all I've ever done, I just never blast it directly at any wiring connectors or the coil covers. And once it's initially cleaned it shouldn't really get that dirty. I have aftermarket hood vents on mine so every time I wash it, any water that gets under the hood is usually enough to keep the dust away with my air hose and microfiber towel to dry it off.

I'm sure a lot of people frown on that method, but I've never had any issues.
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