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Old 06-17-2012, 04:51 AM   #1
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Hey ya'll my engine is a little dusty and I'm planning on cleaning it today. Would there be any problems if I use windex and some armor-all?
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Hey ya'll my engine is a little dusty and I'm planning on cleaning it today. Would there be any problems if I use windex and some armor-all?
Don't use Windex. Get some all purpose cleaner, and a brush.

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Don't use Windex. Get some all purpose cleaner, and a brush.

How I go about cleaning the engine is start by covering everything up with plastic bags, air intake, throttle body, alternator, fuse box, distributor cap- if equipped, and battery. Then you are ready to use a small amount of water, don't spray it directly. Then lightly mist components with simple-green, get a small brush and clean the parts off. Then a light a mist to clean off the solution.

**Make sure the engine is Ice cold before starting this process. ** and never spray the engine directly. Just angle it off to the side. Also make sure to use a soft brush. Boars hair, or horse hair are best.
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Don't use Windex. Get some all purpose cleaner, and a brush.

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How I go about cleaning the engine is start by covering everything up with plastic bags, air intake, throttle body, alternator, fuse box, distributor cap- if equipped, and battery. Then you are ready to use a small amount of water, don't spray it directly. Then lightly mist components with simple-green, get a small brush and clean the parts off. Then a light a mist to clean off the solution.

**Make sure the engine is Ice cold before starting this process. ** and never spray the engine directly. Just angle it off to the side. Also make sure to use a soft brush. Boars hair, or horse hair are best.
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Now that's some of the best advice I've seen given on cleaning the engine bay.
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^ Thanks Trojan
I forgot to add how to dry it..
Drying- I dry it off using old towels because you don't water spots.

To give a pop once it is dry, I use SprayWay's instant shine. It is 100x's better than armor all since it doesn't attract dust. You'll love the product since it's not oily. It will shine your interior vents up to. No more q tips.

I can assure you, I'm not paid by them.

Also Windex isn't the best product to use on car windows. Ammonia leaves a film that is hard to remove. I use sprayway glass cleaner.
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Lucky for me there is a glass and mirror shop like a block away from my house, so i go there and get my glass cleaner it works amazing!
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Now that's some of the best advice I've seen given on cleaning the engine bay.
I second this.
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Thank you all for your input, would it be okay to use glass cleaner that has vinegar instead of ammonia? I think I have some lysol multi surfice cleaner, would that be okay?
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Thank you all for your input, would it be okay to use glass cleaner that has vinegar instead of ammonia? I think I have some lysol multi surfice cleaner, would that be okay?
Well thats great if you want to disinfect the engine. Just get some Simple Green next time your out. Or dish soap and water would work.
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Well thats great if you want to disinfect the engine. Just get some Simple Green next time your out. Or dish soap and water would work.
Lol alright
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Lol alright
Haha nothing wrong with it just might not degrease as much as you'd need it to. And why go through all that if your not going to get the results.
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Thank you all for your input, would it be okay to use glass cleaner that has vinegar instead of ammonia? I think I have some lysol multi surfice cleaner, would that be okay?
I have used Pine Sol cleaner and found that it actually leaves a bit of shine when you towel it all dry. Plus like 99ford says about the Lysol it will disinfect your engine and as an added bonus, make it smell pretty.
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I have used Pine Sol cleaner and found that it actually leaves a bit of shine when you towel it all dry. Plus like 99ford says about the Lysol it will disinfect your engine and as an added bonus, make it smell pretty.
Now you can cook up breakfast on it.
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Now you can cook up breakfast on it.
Yeah, but it might taste like a pine tree.
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Don't use Windex. Get some all purpose cleaner, and a brush.

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How I go about cleaning the engine is start by covering everything up with plastic bags, air intake, throttle body, alternator, fuse box, distributor cap- if equipped, and battery. Then you are ready to use a small amount of water, don't spray it directly. Then lightly mist components with simple-green, get a small brush and clean the parts off. Then a light a mist to clean off the solution.

**Make sure the engine is Ice cold before starting this process. ** and never spray the engine directly. Just angle it off to the side. Also make sure to use a soft brush. Boars hair, or horse hair are best.
good advice thanks
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Yeah, but it might taste like a pine tree.
A little pine tree never hurts anyone.

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good advice thanks
No problem.
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A little pine tree never hurts anyone.
I guess not........if you are a termite or beaver that is.
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No problem.
Yah I got to clean my truck out its a mess
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Or you can go through the process of pulling your entire engine and clean it all by hand like I'm doing right now.
First you take your hood off. Then detach all hoses and wires from the tranny and engine. Then take out your driveshaft. Then you simply pull your engine!

Then you clean your engine bay really well because it's probably nasty. Following that is taping and putting foil over everything because you realize you don't like that color. Then paint the engine bay! Then strip the engine down to the block and clean it with a scotchbrite pad.

Bam! Clean engine and engine bay.
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Or you can go through the process of pulling your entire engine and clean it all by hand like I'm doing right now.
First you take your hood off. Then detach all hoses and wires from the tranny and engine. Then take out your driveshaft. Then you simply pull your engine!

Then you clean your engine bay really well because it's probably nasty. Following that is taping and putting foil over everything because you realize you don't like that color. Then paint the engine bay! Then strip the engine down to the block and clean it with a scotchbrite pad.

Bam! Clean engine and engine bay.
Mine next???? Please??

I think you missed a spot in the back
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Very nice!!!! Good job! Looks great!
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