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Hey all, just wondering what I should use to clean my engine. I used a shop rag and hot water today and it came out pretty good; but I was wondering if there is something that brings out the dirt really good. Also, what can't I get wet?





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i wet the motor, carefully spray simple green on the motor, scrub it with a brush and dry it, then i dress it with a silicon spray
 

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i like to spray Simple Green Directly on a warm (not hot) motor. I generally don't worry about getting things wet (you'll see why later). Then I mist the entire engine bay with the hose. Next I take the toothbrush and rags to the places that need more attention and go to work. Then I squirt all of the suds out of the engine bay and repeat if necessary. To remove any water, I use the air tip on my air compressor and squirt any standing water out of any cracks and crevices that it might hide including all electrical connections. Then I use whatever hose dressing I have at the time to give the bay a nice shine.
 

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I can't get my intake wet can I? I can jus hose down the engine and nothing will happen? No hydroloc or something like that?
 

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well, don't do it while the engine is running... and let the whole thing dry off nicely before starting. Hydroloc only occurs when your intake is completely submerged in water.
 

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ok thanks for the info guys. but just to slarify because i'm paranoid; I can spray the entire engine with water as long as the engine is off and it will start up fine after everything dries off? And what is a good amount of time to let it dry?
 

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that all depends... in 70 degrees of Bright Sun, 10 minutes. In 45 degrees of cloudy weather, a few hours!
 

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I can even spray the battery? Sorry, I am just amazed that I can spray my engine with a hose and no damage will be done.
 

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your engine bay is open from the bottom, don't you think water hits it while you are driving in the rain? Engines and components are designed to be incredibly water resistant.
 

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gazetowardthesky said:
i like to spray Simple Green Directly on a warm (not hot) motor. I generally don't worry about getting things wet (you'll see why later). Then I mist the entire engine bay with the hose. Next I take the toothbrush and rags to the places that need more attention and go to work. Then I squirt all of the suds out of the engine bay and repeat if necessary. To remove any water, I use the air tip on my air compressor and squirt any standing water out of any cracks and crevices that it might hide including all electrical connections. Then I use whatever hose dressing I have at the time to give the bay a nice shine.
This is exactly what I do also. Only thing I recommend doing is to take a 10-15 min ride after wahing your engine. After I wash and dry my Intrepid and GTO I take them for a ride to dry off the entire car. This will also help prevent rust. I know it sounds like a waste of gas, but hey, thats me.
 

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Simple green is the standard, for sure. If you want to speed the drying along, use a leaf blower or an air compressor to get the standing water and the stuff that gets in cracks. Cuts the drying time way down. Do the engine just before a wash and wax, like you would with tires, and wheel wells. That way any dirty over spray is washed away thoroughly. I usually hit the battery terminals with some WD-40 or Marine Lube after cleaning the engine to keep corrosion down too.
 

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Thanks guys, next time I get over to my buddies house to wash her up I will try that simple green. I still am amazed that I can spray an engine with water. She's gonna look so perrrrrtty!
 

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I cleaned mine last week with Simle Green Max and I'm very pleased at how good this product is. After it was clean and dry, I sprayed "No Touch Tire Care" on the hoses and some of the plastic parts. Then I repainted the Cowl and Wipers.

Here are some pics of the completed job.




 

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My only advice on this is to be careful around the PCM, TCM, ignition coil packs and the battery. Also avoid using pressure near filler caps as well.

A little Simple Green or Greased Lightning and some light scrubbing gives a much nicer look than pressure alone.
 

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I agree, but if done correctly you shouldn't encounter any problems. What I do is use 4 or 5 plastic grocery bags and rubber bands and cover up the PCM, coil pack, intake, TCM, etc. Then after I've finished spraying the engine bay off with water, I clean the parts that I had covered with a rag and it looks like new again. :dance2:
 
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