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Engine Bay Cleaning

I'm going to clean my cars engine bay before I put in my air filter kit.

I'm wondering how to do it? this is my first time cleaning and engine bay, the battery is out so I wont short anything.

Do I get a de-greeser and then just leave it on for like 20-min and then wash it off?

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I usaly use a dry rag and wipe it down... But my engine has been kept really clean i dont have any build up or anything.. I'd use soap and water and a rag and try to get every thing you can first!
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first step would be to do a search...

There are varying opinions on how to go about cleaning your engine bay. Some people will tell you to do it all by hand, others will say go wild with a power washer. Personally, I've tried both.

My favorite method, however, is to take a quality degreaser and spray a ton of it all over the engine bay hitting the caked up spots most heavily. Then, I let it sit for a good ten minutes or so after which I spray it off lightly with the hose. At this point if im not happy with the results, I repeat until I am often trying a couple of different products just for the fun of it. When Im happy, I take my air compressor to the electrical connections and anything that would easily rust. I make sure all electricals are as dry as i can get them and then I proceed to go at whats left with a little elbow grease. It may take a while, but after you get the engine bay clean once, it will be all the easier to keep it clean.
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I bought some simple green at home depot and followed the directions to mix it with the right amount of water in a spray bottle.

I used big rags to cover the belts.

I sprayed that stuff all over the engine compartment and let it sit about 10 min.

Got a hose with no end piece, just smooth water flow at low pressure and hosed it all down. People driving by were looking at me like wtf is he doin.

After that I just used some dry rags to soak up all the water.

Honestly I don't think it made a change at all after everything. I think I forgot to scrub at one time or another

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It'd true once it's clean it's easyer to clean the next time! Somtimes I grab some paste wax and wax down the valve covers and gloss black metal peices to make it easy to clean next time.. I might try the degreaser way! Also dont spray cold water on a hot engine or even a warm engine, i wouldn't even spray warm water on a hot or warm engine!
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I just got some degresser and it says to cover all the electrical stuff like the alternator...what should I use?
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its not entirely necessary but if you choose to go that route I'd use ziplock bags.
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I spent like 2 hours cleaning the engine but it still looks bad.....

I'm going to try another de-gresser....or the peresurewasher.

Ill post a before and after pic when my laptop boots up.
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best thing i've tried is the non-watered down Simple Green. You dilute it a little bit and it works wonders!
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its not entirely necessary but if you choose to go that route I'd use ziplock bags.
Remember, the engine is designed to get wet and have all sorts of road and car wash chemicals thrown at it, so I'm pretty sure it would be fine, and if you are worried you can also rinse it real good and then let it dry before you start it.

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Looks like a big difference to me.
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i like to use GUNK
keep if off the rubber lines and put plastic bags on any electrical components
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Its a difference but still bot what I'm looking for.


BTW I used Engine Brite GUNK
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Its not gonna look detailed or perfect with just degreaser, your gonna need more work than that.

1) First take some ziploc baggies and rubber bands and use that to protect and exposed electrical points and your coils/wires. That will protect form any shorting or water damage.

2) Apply the degreaser to the engine bay and let it set for about 10 min. to let the gunk loosen. Then wash the degreser off. Then you can loose the ziploc bags and clean the electrical with a damp towel useing WATER only.

3) Take a scrub brush and apply a little bit of chemical and use that to more throughly clean the bay, taking off all the remaining grime and what not that did not come off.

4) Then take a clean towl and clean off any remaning dirt/ left over degreaser that can be found within your motor bay.

5) Theres not much you can do about the actual metal in the car besides takeing a rag and just makeing sure all the dirt and what not is taken off.

6) Then take some McGuiers Nxt Gen Interior detailer. Use that on all of you plastic or vinal and or anything black or colored.

The whole project if you pay attention to detail could take you about 2 to 3 hours. It might sound lilke a long time but the rewards when you are done are definantly worth it. You'll love the way it looks and if you have to sell the car for any reason that definantly makes a possible buyer a little bit more excited about the car.
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