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Moving onto the next thing on my cleaning list before winter, does anyone have a decent tutorial on how I would clean an engine, without screwing things up? I'm new to this, go easy on me:glum:


But, anywho, Any details, items used, locations of those items, and how to finally do it, I would greatly appreciate any help for it. (I say that alot. Also noticed I ask alot of questions, hope you guys don't mind.)


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That rhythm is INFECTIOUS.
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I use Simple Green - spray down my entire engine bay (cold engine!), let it sit briefly... gentle spray from the hose to rinse off.
 

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Use a plastic bag to cover the alternator, and your PCM is right behind your windshield washer reservoir neck. As long as you dont wash it like your watering a garden, you'll be OK.
 

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When I did mine I used a diluted mix of purple power and water (I dont remember the ratios sorry) and I would spray the whole engine down with that and then would give it a nice scrub and then rinse it down. Afterwards I would dilute out some of this....http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/MTH0/05316/N0460.oap?ck=Search_N0460_MTH_1400566_291&mn=Mothers%28R%29&mc=MTH&pt=N0460&ppt=C0209

with some water (just pour some into another bottle with some water, once again I dont remember the ratio) and then spray the engine down and let it sit. Not only will the protectant bring a real nice deep color and shine to everything but it will also leave it smelling like cherries! :D

This is how mine came out...
 

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I realize this thread is more than a year old, but that engine is beautiful!

I want mine to look like that.

Thanks for last year's share!
edsager
 

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I realize this thread is more than a year old, but that engine is beautiful!

I want mine to look like that.

Thanks for last year's share!
edsager
No problem haha. I could always throw my picture of the engine but it's filthy since my timing belt change...


and changing out my fluids LOL.


Maybe we should make an engine bay photos thread
 

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Maybe we should make an engine bay photos thread
I'll Start!

I detail cars on the side, most engine bays look like they drove through the rain and then a sand pit with no hood. I normally pressure wash the engine bay at a car wash, just a spritz. Than, I hose it down with Armor-all Tire foam. Close the hood. Later open the hood and it should look shiny and clean as hell. If not, more foam and finger bang it with a cloth. People always ask if I spent weeks cleaning the motor... If only they knew... LOL

Older photo before I got mod crazy

 

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With all my vehicles I've used a 50/50 mix of Purple Power and water. I spay everything down in the engine compartment with the solution and let it set for about 5-10 minutes. Then I hook my hose up to my hot water heater and rinse everything down with hot water. After everything is good and rinsed off and I'm satisfied that everything is clean I spray on Armorall, close the hood and let everything air dry.
 

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With all my vehicles I've used a 50/50 mix of Purple Power and water. I spay everything down in the engine compartment with the solution and let it set for about 5-10 minutes. Then I hook my hose up to my hot water heater and rinse everything down with hot water. After everything is good and rinsed off and I'm satisfied that everything is clean I spray on Armorall, close the hood and let everything air dry.
How does one do that? :weirdo::weirdo::weirdo:

However the only place I trust Armorall is underhood.

I did my cleaning with Spray Nine... and a TOOTHBRUSH!!!!! Spray, sit 5-15, Scrub like hell, rinse gently, armorall. Here's the results:
Before:
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After:



It worked quite well. *you can see where I used the ArmorAll on the P/S Valve cover, but not the D/S for comparison... tomorrow is detailing day though, so all will be fixed!
 

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Once I got the engine clean (engine cleaner and scrubbing), I use mild soap and pressure wash the motor. While it's still wet, I take about a 1/3 bottle of Armour All and completely spray down anything plastic. Drop the hood and go for a 10 minute ride.

the water base Armour All mixes with the wet motor parts, and dries pretty evenly. Might need to wipe down afterwards.

 

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Ohhhhh. LOL

Well that's easy. I just use an old spray bottle (like an old Windex bottle or you can get a spray bottle at your local Walmart for like a buck) I fill it up halfway with water then the rest of the way with Purple Power. Then I just go to town on the engine compartment. I usually use 75% to the entire bottle on it.
 
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