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Old 06-12-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Need to clean my engine bay bad. I'm scared to do it for fear of shorting something out. Anyone able to walk me through the correct way to do this?
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Try this works great

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Try this works great
What's the steps so I don't short anything out?
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What's the steps so I don't short anything out?
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There on the can but you spray your engine with the Gunk, let it sit for 15 minutes and then spray with a hose. Your engine bay gets water in it when you drive in the rain so it's made to be waterproof to an extent. Just don't use a pressure washer
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At most I would just cover up your air filter (if you have an exposed one), and your alternator!.. Then when your done spraying it with water, let it run for about 10min to help dry up any standing water!..
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I always leave my hood open and let it airdry for an hour or two
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Is it safe to just spray the engine like that with water? Haha I'm just wondering because I might do it
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I always leave my hood open and let it airdry for an hour or two
Haha. Ya I do that and let it run a bit!..

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Is it safe to just spray the engine like that with water? Haha I'm just wondering because I might do it
Just don't use a pressure washer!.. Just a regular hose will work just fine!..
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Re: Engine detail

DO NOT spray your Engine with any kind of water. Get bucket of Soapy, soapy water, plenty of rags, take soapy rags, wipe down eng, wipe down again, and again if needed, then use clean water and clean off soap on eng parts. Don't spray water, you will regret that.
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DO NOT spray your Engine with any kind of water. Get bucket of Soapy, soapy water, plenty of rags, take soapy rags, wipe down eng, wipe down again, and again if needed, then use clean water and clean off soap on eng parts. Don't spray water, you will regret that.
+1 If you have a heavy oil/grease buildup area, just do spot spray from degreaser and wipe away, no water spray.

After you dry, Mothers back to black works good on the black stuff and doesn't seem to attract/collect too much dust.
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Haha. Ya I do that and let it run a bit!..

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Just don't use a pressure washer!.. Just a regular hose will work just fine!..
I agree make sure to cover areas that need to be covered.
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I agree make sure to cover areas that need to be covered.
That is Still not enough. Don't do it.
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That is Still not enough. Don't do it.
When I did my engine bay I got glad press and seal wrap and covered anything and everything that had to deal with electrical lol and when washing the engine down with water be careful not to you to great a force as it can ruin your bearings in your pulkeys
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That is Still not enough. Don't do it.
Your crazy, do you think that engine bays are watertight? When it rains water gets under there, as long as your careful not to drown your motor with water and use low pressure your motor will be fine. I've done it lots of times and have still haven't had any troubles, why do you think car washes have the engine cleaner option? If you go by your way of thinking they should have went out of business from lawsuits from people using their engine cleaners
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Water will not hurt the motor just give it a nice light spray off and it will be fine
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So I could just spray it lightly ad it should be fine? What do I need to wrap?
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If you feel like you need to get your spray on, at least do what BigB227 did with the press n seal. Be careful not to use so much water that it sets somewhere and causes probs too.
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Or have a pro do it the right way...
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Or have a pro do it the right way...
Who does that? <interested>
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Who does that? <interested>
Type car detailer into google and find one in your area. They're not really that cheap

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Or you could ask your dealer who they use
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I've been using Engine Degreaser and lightly spraying with water for many years without any problems!.. Just make sure you cover up the air footer and alternator before you do anything!.. Also do it on a nice warm day and let your engine run for about 10min after and you will be just fine!.. Like I've said, I've done it just like that for many years and never had a problem with it!..
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I've been using Engine Degreaser and lightly spraying with water for many years without any problems!.. Just make sure you cover up the air footer and alternator before you do anything!.. Also do it on a nice warm day and let your engine run for about 10min after and you will be just fine!.. Like I've said, I've done it just like that for many years and never had a problem with it!..
Man I did what you are talking about you know spray it down with cleaner, then hit a lil with the hose to rinse it off. Cleaned up real good, the next day I drove it to work it ran fine, but when I went to the store on my lunch break my car started actin crazy like it was gonna die.... It almost seemed as if I got water in the engine I don't know but it scared the crap outta me!.. I said I'll never do that again!!!
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Just pay a pro and get it done right, it'll save ya in the long run and they will do a way better job than you could ever do.

Take my advice.
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Just pay a pro and get it done right, it'll save ya in the long run and they will do a way better job than you could ever do.

Take my advice.
Oh yah I've done decided that! With out a doubt! I'll just save and have it done like every six months or something like that....
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Man I did what you are talking about you know spray it down with cleaner, then hit a lil with the hose to rinse it off. Cleaned up real good, the next day I drove it to work it ran fine, but when I went to the store on my lunch break my car started actin crazy like it was gonna die.... It almost seemed as if I got water in the engine I don't know but it scared the crap outta me!.. I said I'll never do that again!!!
Hmm you must not have done something right I've cleaned engines for years also been detailing for years. But I look in the book and cover things tightly includibg all ekectrical connections double, and triple bag. Also blow off any water left in the bay then towel dry, then start and let idle for a few minutes. Once it is completely dry spray a good coat of sprayways instant shine. Never use a direct stream check out Adams polishes for more info.
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Oh yah I've done decided that! With out a doubt! I'll just save and have it done like every six months or something like that....
Good call. Personal time is priceless and I would rather have someone else do this for me. Too time consuming and I'll never achieve the results of someone who does this for a living if for no other reason than I don't have the pro tools ie steam cleaner, lift and such.

Just check the reviews online of local shops. Make sure you go over in detail exactly what they are going to do. Some shops paint as part of detailing and you may not want them to as an example.
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I would never put a water hose or.pressure washer under my Hood. I know a guy who owns a detail/collision shop and he does not do engine details any more due to.ruining 2 computers. The best method is to use a degreaser and rag. Then come back with armor all product and rag if you want it to shine. Another good option don't let.your motor get dirty enough to.need a pressure washer.
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I would never put a water hose or.pressure washer under my Hood. I know a guy who owns a detail/collision shop and he does not do engine details any more due to.ruining 2 computers. The best method is to use a degreaser and rag. Then come back with armor all product and rag if you want it to shine. Another good option don't let.your motor get dirty enough to.need a pressure washer.
Never ever use a pressure washer on the engine. A light mist is all you need and towels I don't like spraying degreaser either I use all purpose cleaner.

I'd love to have a detailer on call. I just mark a day to do it every 6 months. Engine 1x per year. It takes a day.

And whatever method you use make sure the engine is cold.
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I would never put a water hose or.pressure washer under my Hood. I know a guy who owns a detail/collision shop and he does not do engine details any more due to.ruining 2 computers. The best method is to use a degreaser and rag. Then come back with armor all product and rag if you want it to shine. Another good option don't let.your motor get dirty enough to.need a pressure washer.
Engine bay was dirty when I bought it...I just want to get it clean.
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