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yoda06
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 What would you use to clean an engine bay?

With the engine still in? You can't exactly just start spraying water everywhere, as it will find its way into the engine.

How do people go about getting all the grease,grime, and dirt off all the wiring, manifolds, innder fenders, fluid reservoirs? What about dirt and gunk on motormounts, by trannies?

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I usually spray mean green with a windex sprayer. itll foam up, and dont worry about the water. Just blow everything off wth air afterwards. Enginebrite actually sucks, even the newer one. Dont worry bout the alt, the starter, itll all be cool. I havent screwed up anything by cleaning in all my years.. Ever wonder what auto detailerssecret is? itsthe 5.99 galjug of simp green.

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yoda06
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Air makes sense. I didnt think water would hurt too terribly bad, seeing as it splashes/blows into the engine whenever it rains. But water resistant=!resistant to submerging, the effect of being sprayd directly sometimes.

I think if I get bored, IMa clean and organize my engine bay. Gonna undercoat rusted things, since paint in a daily driver in an engine bay is probably one of the most senseless decisions for cars.

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I've done this a lot, on my vehicles. Use Gunk foamy engine brite. Spray it on a warm engine, not hot, let it sit a while and spray it off. I use a pressure washer and leave the engine running while doing it. Use some common sense doing it this way, like don't get to close to things that don't need an internal cleaning. Such as the alternator and other electronic devices. It won't hurt them to get wet, but not a direct close up blast. Leave the engine running to help the drying time, then shut it down. For a final touch, mist armorall or what ever brand you like, over the entire engine compartment. Don't get too carried away with the misting, doesn't take that much. Close the hood and come back in a little bit and check it out. It will look like a detail shop did it for you.

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We also use hi temperature clear to leave the engine shiny. People always wonder what we did. I guess they think we used a toothbrush and did every little detail...

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Simple Green is the shit. Dont dilute it with water before using it. I heve it here in a gallon jug. I tried it out a few years back and was amazed how well it worked. Used a car wash brush on the realy grimy areas. Worked much better than all that spray on foaming engine crap.

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Simple Green is the shit. Dont dilute it with water before using it. I heve it here in a gallon jug. I tried it out a few years back and was amazed how well it worked. Used a car wash brush on the realy grimy areas. Worked much better than all that spray on foaming engine crap.

You're not supposed to let them get to the grimy stage, lol. Gunk foamy engine brite is far from crap, I've used it for years and it works great.

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You're not supposed to let them get to the grimy stage, lol. Gunk foamy engine brite is far from crap, I've used it for years and it works great.

I may have been overly abrasive by trashing e.brite, but it compares to simple green like a car battery does to a brand new kinetik...

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I may have been overly abrasive by trashing e.brite, but it compares to simple green like a car battery does to a brand new kinetik...

Don't get me wrong, I luv simple green for a lot of things, but if your engine is not real grimy and you keep up on the cleaning, there is nothing easier than the foamy engine brite. Make sure it's the foamy stuff not the spray on non foamy stuff. No scrubbing, just flush it off. What ever works for ya, you should use. I'm just saying what works for me.

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 RE: What would you use to clean an engine bay?

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With the engine still in? You can't exactly just start spraying water everywhere, as it will find its way into the engine.

How do people go about getting all the grease,grime, and dirt off all the wiring, manifolds, innder fenders, fluid reservoirs? What about dirt and gunk on motormounts, by trannies?



simple green with compressed air

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 Engine Cleaning----------

First ,you want to use professional ,non-caustic automotive detailers heavy-duty white-wall cleaner.Dilute the concentrate 3 to 1. Second, engine bay should be warm,not hot! If possible , use saran wrap and cover any and all electrical parts from becoming wet or flodded. Third ,A water hose,w/spray nozzle,the local 25 cent car wash will suffice.(been cleaning engines for over 25 years(bay-area automotive teamster retired.Own 2 detail shops-specializig in cosmoline removal,engine steam,custom 3-way auto-detail)3-way = shampoo,steam-clean,and buff wax-oxidation removal.Engine-brite will work if thats all you have.The problem from a detailers side is that it leaves a petroleum distillate film and and will not rinse clean ---unless you wash it with simple green afterwards...Always spray the inside of the hood first-RAPIDLY-then the rest of your engine compartment...remember--use a wash mit to wash all the painted surfaces -remember-your cleaner is working it's best when you see the dirt running down the back fire-wall, when you see the dirt run--SPRAY THE HOOD FIRST--then the ENGINE--when you get good at this,your water time should be no more than 3 MINUTES MAX.---IMMEDIATELY START YOUR ENGINE---and let it run for 15 min. or so while you wash the rest of your vehicle.Open your hood--spray all rubber components with Tire-Dressing--Black-Majic FOAM--Armoral Tire foam ,ect.,let dry several hours.It's ok to run your engine and wipe off the excess the next day. FORUM ,any other questions about auto-re-conditioning,feel free to ask.Hope this helps.I'm older now and and only do specialty requests.Black and dark red cars are my specialty.I have some customers since 1980................02 SENTRA out............

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 RE: Engine Cleaning----------

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Originally posted on 03-19-2007 by 02sentra
First ,you want to use professional ,non-caustic automotive detailers heavy-duty white-wall cleaner.Dilute the concentrate 3 to 1. Second, engine bay should be warm,not hot! If possible , use saran wrap and cover any and all electrical parts from becoming wet or flodded. Third ,A water hose,w/spray nozzle,the local 25 cent car wash will suffice.(been cleaning engines for over 25 years(bay-area automotive teamster retired.Own 2 detail shops-specializig in cosmoline removal,engine steam,custom 3-way auto-detail)3-way = shampoo,steam-clean,and buff wax-oxidation removal.Engine-brite will work if thats all you have.The problem from a detailers side is that it leaves a petroleum distillate film and and will not rinse clean ---unless you wash it with simple green afterwards...Always spray the inside of the hood first-RAPIDLY-then the rest of your engine compartment...remember--use a wash mit to wash all the painted surfaces -remember-your cleaner is working it's best when you see the dirt running down the back fire-wall, when you see the dirt run--SPRAY THE HOOD FIRST--then the ENGINE--when you get good at this,your water time should be no more than 3 MINUTES MAX.---IMMEDIATELY START YOUR ENGINE---and let it run for 15 min. or so while you wash the rest of your vehicle.Open your hood--spray all rubber components with Tire-Dressing--Black-Majic FOAM--Armoral Tire foam ,ect.,let dry several hours.It's ok to run your engine and wipe off the excess the next day. FORUM ,any other questions about auto-re-conditioning,feel free to ask.Hope this helps.I'm older now and and only do specialty requests.Black and dark red cars are my specialty.I have some customers since 1980................02 SENTRA out............

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 Engine Cleaning----------

To MR.LOUD ASS GEO---Thanks ,yes ,that would be detailed.May I add,What a wonderful little one you have there!!What big eyes and smile!!It's always good to see a proud Papa.I am a Grandpa twice,one boy and one girl,they will be 8 years old in April,and in May of this year.Thanks again!O2 Sentra out...........

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To MR.LOUD ASS GEO---Thanks ,yes ,that would be detailed.May I add,What a wonderful little one you have there!!What big eyes and smile!!It's always good to see a proud Papa.I am a Grandpa twice,one boy and one girl,they will be 8 years old in April,and in May of this year.Thanks again!O2 Sentra out...........

oh gotta love the lil headache. wouldnt trade her for anything, well maybe for a custom chopper. lol naw couldnt give her up for anything.

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take it to a car sales place and have them steam wash it, looks great, i have mine done a lot.

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