Detailing engine bay

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  1. dramad1

    dramad1 Active Member

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    I have seen many pics of some super clean engine bays. I want to do a better job of cleaning my engine bay.
    I have never used a hose and spayed the engine bay down. I always get a wet sponge and do my best to get all the dirt out but it ends up drying with dirt smears.
    Is it safe to spray the engine bay down with a hose? Any areas I should avoid spraying down? How do you fellas clean your engine bay?
    I've always been nervous of getting a wire or something wet that should be.
    Let me know. Thanks fellas.
     
  2. X_Less

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    The engine itself can get wet, It's best to do it with a cold or slightly warm engine... A hot engine risks cracking the block.

    Meow, I spray super clean all over the engine itself and let it sit for a few minutes then hose it down with a pressure. The sides and such I just spray some detailer and wipe it off.
     
  3. dramad1

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    Any areas besides the battery I should avoid getting wet?
     
  4. Detective_Dan

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    You basically want to avoid soaking any electrical components. Most electrical connections in modern motors are at least water resistant and some are even waterproof but I wouldn't want to test that theory and find out that it's wrong. It really won't hurt it if they get damp just avoid soaking them with the hose.
     
  5. X_Less

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    ^ What he said.
     
  6. *IrunnIt*

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    I was just talking to R1 Chris and Gadget about this over the weekend. Simple green and power wash no need to worry about taping things of.
     
  7. Bulldogger

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    Use a tooth brush BWAAAHHHHAAA.
    Just kidding usually a good engine cleaner let it soak like the directions say then hose off. just don't use high pressure water.

    You have to be careful with a power washer you can do some damage.
     
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    Obviously use common sense dont get and industrial strength one
     
  9. SgtBadA

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    I use simple green on a warm engine. Let it set for a minute then spray it out. Then I wipe off all painted plastic parts so it doesnt leave water stains.

    NOTE : CRC engine degreaser in a spray can will eat the paint off plastic. Especially rattle can stuff. That include high temp paint. Ot did it to my intake manifold.
     
  10. justin13703

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    I also use simple green when the engine is warm, not hot. Spray everything with simple green and let it sit for maybe 5 minutes. Then hose it all off with a garden hose. I've never used a pressure washer, I feel like that's just asking for trouble. A garden hose with a spray nozzle is enough pressure. Then I close the hood and run the engine up to temperature to steam off all the water. Then wipe everything down with detailer and it looks brand new.
     
  11. dramad1

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    Right on fellas. Will be doing this,this weekend.
     
  12. X-MOKED U

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    i've been wondering about this myself...i love this site.
     
  13. babyboi2284

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    I just use meguires and wipe everything down by hand
     
  14. hottacoX

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    here are the tools I have used..
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    I cover the fuse box, alt, and battery... use a hose with a spray attachment or just your thumb, NEVER use a pressure washer!!

    Once a year (after winter driving) I use the Gunk engine spray and each time after that just the Dawn in a spray bottle... since this photo was taken instead of the tire shine for the hoses and the trim shine I use Maxima SC-1. You will find it at most motorcycle/dirt bike shops...
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  15. dramad1

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    One of the cleanest I have seen. Great job man. I'd love to get mine looking that good on occasion. Rotm quality right there.
    Is that a throttle body spacer?
     
  16. *IrunnIt*

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    This is what I use.
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    this brings tears to my eyes :adore:
     
  18. 05xrunnerx

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    That is super clean . i like your intake cover
     
  19. hottacoX

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    Thanks for the nice comments fellers:adore:

    thanks bro ROTM for Aug '12:canada::canada:

    yeah its a throttle body spacer, no performance gain but a neat whistle haha, currently my engine bay is missing an engine.... but it gives me a chance to get her REALLY clean:blurock:
     
  20. Grumpy

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    That Molson really bring out the shine in black plastic! :laugh:
    Cough cough...shave & wire tuck....cough...


    I use a vacuum & dusting brush to remove any loose particles. Diluted Simple Green, micro fiber towel, and a bucket full of clean water. Spray & wipe, let spray soak for stubborn stain. Wash dirty towel in water bucket, repeat until satisfied. Dress plastic & rubber parts as necessary.
    No hosing it down for me, didn't want to take a chance with potential electrical problem....my least favorite kind of problem.
     

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