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Old 12-17-2009, 08:48 PM   #1
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what to use?

i want to know what i can use to clean my motor with. whats the best stuff? how to do it without messing anything up?
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Re: what to use?

If you're talking about sprucing up the engine bay, I like the meguiars or mothers wipes on the black plastic and hoses...they don't leave a greasy finish and keeps dirt/grime off for a while. Eagle One NevrDull works good on chrome or other non painted finishes, like CAI tubing or aftermarket valve covers. Super Clean or Simple Green are good degreasers as well. Just make sure the engine's cool and hasn't recently ran.

I don't like to spray water or use a ton of it in the engine bay for the fear of messing up the coil pack or something else. So I just use wipes and cloths on everything. Regular upkeep of this (every time you wash your car) will keep the engine bay looking good.
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:11 AM   #3
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Re: what to use?

thanks man. my engine bay looks like crap right now and i dont like the thought of spraying my engine down with water.
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Steam works really well to remove dirt and grease from many different finishes. If there is someone in your area who does steam cleaning or from whom you can rent the gear, it would be well worth it.
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well when it comes to cleaning an engine I believe the less water you use the better. Start off with spray cleaners and see if that works doing it by hand. If this fails then you can resort to water and such (after covering all electronics and such.
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Engine detailing is not that hard of a process.Just remember to cover all electrical with plastic bags or foil.You dont have to use a pressure washer,if fact its better to use a garden hose with low pressure.Spray down your fenders also in case of any overspray from the engine cleaner (there are tons of brands to use) and yes its better to have a warm engine when you detail because the heat will activate the cleaning agents.Spray a little water on the engine before you apply the cleaner,this is a personal preferance that I like to do.Let your cleaner sit for a bit to loosen up that grime....then get after it with various different brushes.

As far as the shine thats all up to you,just remember to cover you your belts if you are spraying your dressing straight from the bottle.Some people like the wet look and some like to wipe it down.Just remember once you get that engine clean you have to stay on top of it,treat it like any other part of the vehicle.

This is a website that I use alot and has some serious professionals. Autopia.org
and a link to help you:Advice on engine detail - Autopia.org

Good luck and post your before and after pics!
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once you do an initial cleaning, air also works good if its availableto you at 120psi. once a week and the dirt will just blow off of everything.
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^^ goo point and u can also use that air to dry it up before you apply the dressing of your choice.
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i find the key is to keep it clean so water is simply not needed just hand cleaning
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i find the key is to keep it clean so water is simply not needed just hand cleaning
Yes sir after that first good cleaning stay on top of it and all you will have to do is wipe her down every once in awhile.
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thanks guys. that was alot of helpful info. i will have to do it after the holidays. weekdays are shot. i can only do it on the weekends.
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what about engine degreaser? name some good products so i can go buy some.
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Re: what to use?

I bought a gallon of concentrated degreaser and just use it diluted. Really doesn't matter what you use, but be sure you get all off of the engine after you're done cleaning.

Also, if you're trying to keep all the original markings on the engine degreaser will do you no good. Just a spray bottle with water/soap mixture, a soft dish sponge, and a towel.
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I dont really pay attention to the brands of degreaser,I just grab one....they all do the same thing.Just remember to cut it or it can stain your plastics and make them look really sh@#ty.
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Re: what to use?

There was an article I believe over at Modded Mustangs which had a nice write up on cleaning the engine bay.

The process involved getting the engine bay hot and soaking the bay in Simple Green and water and closing the hood. The water would turn to steam and the engine bay basically got a steam bath.
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