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Old 05-18-2012, 07:09 AM   #1
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What to clean motor with?

Know this is kind of a dumb question, but what and how would you guys recommend cleaning my engine without pulling it? Like what type of cleaner and an easy way to do so. Any recommendations would be nice. Thanks !!
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Some carb cleaner.. De- greaser.. Hand spray bottle tooth brushes dry tags etc... And tons of elbow grease... Show us some before photos
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Some carb cleaner.. De- greaser.. Hand spray bottle tooth brushes dry tags etc... And tons of elbow grease... Show us some before photos
Thanks! There's a car that I'm getting ready to pick up soon and the motor runs strong buts it's a little dirty and i have to have a good looking motor lol. I'll post some when I get it witch should be very soon I hope, just waiting on insurance ha
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Thanks! There's a car that I'm getting ready to pick up soon and the motor runs strong buts it's a little dirty and i have to have a good looking motor lol. I'll post some when I get it witch should be very soon I hope, just waiting on insurance ha
Once you degrease it, you could probably use a waterless car wash solution to keep it looking sharp. I haven't used any yet, so I can't rate it properly. I was thinking of picking up some at the local auto parts store this weekend to give it try - whatever brand they might have.

Anybody else out there used something like this to clean their engine and engine bay?

http://www.chemicalguys.com/Exterior..._p/wac_116.htm
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Once you degrease it, you could probably use a waterless car wash solution to keep it looking sharp. I haven't used any yet, so I can't rate it properly. I was thinking of picking up some at the local auto parts store this weekend to give it try - whatever brand they might have.

Anybody else out there used something like this to clean their engine and engine bay?

http://www.chemicalguys.com/Exterior..._p/wac_116.htm
Yea that stuff looks like it would shine up the engine bay quite a bit. Cleaning up all the black rubber tubing with some type of cleaner would make it look sweet, the valve covers and the intake is what needs cleaned the worst, that's probably where that degreaser and carb cleaner would work great.
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Once you degrease it, you could probably use a waterless car wash solution to keep it looking sharp. I haven't used any yet, so I can't rate it properly. I was thinking of picking up some at the local auto parts store this weekend to give it try - whatever brand they might have.

Anybody else out there used something like this to clean their engine and engine bay?

Waterless Car Wash Exterior/Interior Quick Detail Spray No Wax
Yes, and most of it works pretty well.
The biggest issue is that most of those will attract dust to the rubber hoses and duct work, which that stuff says it will not, but that remains to be seen.


Be careful with the carb cleaner so you don't damage any painted surfaces or some plastics. It's better to spray it into a rag and use that to wipe down stubborn grease or stained spots.
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Yes, and most of it works pretty well.
The biggest issue is that most of those will attract dust to the rubber hoses and duct work, which that stuff says it will not, but that remains to be seen.

Be careful with the carb cleaner so you don't damage any painted surfaces or some plastics. It's better to spray it into a rag and use that to wipe down stubborn grease or stained spots.
Yea that's true, on my old gt I tried hosing is down and got scarred that I was going to mess something electronically up. I covered the distributor and the alternator up with a plastic bag and tape but it was too scary lol. Is it okay to hose or power wash your engine and bay if you cover the distributor and alternator??
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Yea that's true, on my old gt I tried hosing is down and got scarred that I was going to mess something electronically up. I covered the distributor and the alternator up with a plastic bag and tape but it was too scary lol. Is it okay to hose or power wash your engine and bay if you cover the distributor and alternator??
Not really. There are just too many electrical connections that could be shorted out if you forced water into them under pressure.
A gentle spray (like a rain shower) of hot water seems to work ok.
I have done that a few times with no adverse effects.
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Not really. There are just too many electrical connections that could be shorted out if you forced water into them under pressure.
A gentle spray (like a rain shower) of hot water seems to work ok.
I have done that a few times with no adverse effects.
Okay, yea it never sounded safe because all the electronics and stuff. I'll just degrease everything, let it sit for a bit, and go to town with a tooth brush lol. thanks for the info man!
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Okay, yea it never sounded safe because all the electronics and stuff. I'll just degrease everything, let it sit for a bit, and go to town with a tooth brush lol. thanks for the info man!
You're welcome and good luck.
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Buy it at home depot, works great!
ZEP Industrial purple.
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I just did, I used some engine degreaser in a spray can, Gunk out I think was the name
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Buy it at home depot, works great!
ZEP Industrial purple.
I don't know for sure, but if that stuff is a formulation of a cleaner that ZEP used to have called Morado, be careful as it could take paint off if it is.
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I just did, I used some engine degreaser in a spray can, Gunk out I think was the name
Dang man, looks great!! I'm probably Going to go with the degreaser like you did, have an unlimited supply at work too lol

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Buy it at home depot, works great!
ZEP Industrial purple.
I'll give that a try also, I'll just look out for the paint, thanks for the recommendation!
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steamer and a wet ragth then another with black magic tire protector spray
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