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Old 05-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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Problems when I clean engine.

I am constantly cleaning my car because it is all black, and I occasionally clean my engine. I use Black Magic engine cleaner, and when I wash it off, (with low pressure water) the engine has problems dying out. It will idle for a little while and then just die. Any idea what the deal is?
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I am constantly cleaning my car because it is all black, and I occasionally clean my engine. I use Black Magic engine cleaner, and when I wash it off, (with low pressure water) the engine has problems dying out. It will idle for a little while and then just die. Any idea what the deal is?
Don't use pressurized spray. You are forcing water into the electrical/electronic connections.
You will cause yourself no end of problems getting them wet.
If you must use water use a gentle spray like a rain shower that falls onto the top of the engine bay only.
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sounds like you have some loose electrical connections. im not personally a big fan of putting water anywhere near my engine. even though most say low pressure will be fine. i am just one of ose guys that murphys law always seems to find.
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Don't use pressurized spray. You are forcing water into the electrical/electronic connections.
You will cause yourself no end of problems getting them wet.
If you must use water use a gentle spray like a rain shower that falls onto the top of the engine bay only.
That's what I do, I try to avoid the electrical components as much as possible. I am curious as to is some water has snuck down into my spark plug area? Should I check?
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That's what I do, I try to avoid the electrical components as much as possible. I am curious as to is some water has snuck down into my spark plug area? Should I check?
Yeah it wouldn't hurt.
If you have access to compressed air blow down the engine bay.
If not raise the hood and put a fan in front of it until it dries out good.
I wouldn't use anymore water as the connections will corrode eventually and you'll have a hard time ever finding the problem.
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Yeah it wouldn't hurt.
If you have access to compressed air blow down the engine bay.
If not raise the hood and put a fan in front of it until it dries out good.
I wouldn't use anymore water as the connections will corrode eventually and you'll have a hard time ever finding the problem.
+ 1 i was gonna say compressed air also. i am just not a big fan of water by the engine.

matter if fact the first time i washed the outside of my car i was scared of the engine because i didnt know ow much water would get under the hood. i maybe just a sissy but i hate electrical issues.
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Are you covering up the distributor with a plastic bag or tin foil?
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Are you covering up the distributor with a plastic bag or tin foil?
Yes.. This will make a difference Ford states in the manual you just need to cover the distributor, the fuse box and battery.
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Pull the distributor cap and blow it out with a compressor.
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Pull the distributor cap and blow it out with a compressor.
I have not covered it. I just keep the distributor cap over it. But I will definitely put all the previous suggestions into action next time I wash it. (if I do) I may just wipe everything down with a damp rag next time.
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