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Old 06-24-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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Engine Bay Wash/Cleanup

I've been looking things up here and there on washing cleaning up the engine bay. But to tell the truth I trust my fellow New Edge owners with experience a little more than these websites. Anyone have any tips or tricks, do and do nots, or maybe just some play-by-plays on how you might do yours. I would really appreciate it. Mine is not gunked up or terribly dirty.. Just could use a nice cleaning!
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I was wondering the same thing. My 2v is dry as can be. No hints of sweating anywhere. But it's dusty, and faded. It needs sprucing up.

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Definitely keep water away from the top of the engine. The COPs (coil on plugs) are bad to get water in them and screw up. I just hand wash mine with a damp cloth and something mild like Simple Green. That usually does the trick.


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I have a compressor that I ve wanting to try to get most of the dust off and then just a rag to get the really philty parts.

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The only time I use a pressure washer or the car wash is when I clean under the hood. The added pressure gets into places I can't with a brush or rag.

I normally wet the engine, inner wheel wells, firewall, etc. I will the cover everything in super clean or purple stuff. Then I go to work with the rag and brush.

Once things are rinsed I use a regular Meguire's car wash and clean all of the plastic and painted surfaces I did not clean using the degreaser. I pressure wash everything one last time, including under the car (yes, I pull the car onto ramps and clean).

Detailing and beautifying the engine requires a little more, but if I am not showing off the engine I rarely detail with plastic protectant.

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Definitely keep water away from the top of the engine. The COPs (coil on plugs) are bad to get water in them and screw up. I just hand wash mine with a damp cloth and something mild like Simple Green. That usually does the trick.


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I also use the Simple Green and rag method...usually fully concentrated or a 3 to 1 mix!
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rather than a pressure washer or a hose i use a sprayer full of warm water to rinse everything after spraying with degreaser. i use an old toothbrush on some areas, otherwise a rag to wipe it all down. that way i have more control over the water and dont spray the electricals, but i can still easily rinse the block and engine bay walls and such.
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There are instructions in the "Care and Maintenance" section of the owners manual, that point out the components under the hood that you should avoid getting wet.
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Thanks guys I appreciate the info. I'm definitely doing to be cleaning. It up and probably going to take a while paying attention to detail. I grab before and after pics too
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