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Old 06-18-2009, 05:10 PM   #1
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Waxin the engine bay??

I dont know how many times a week or month you guys clean your mustangs but my is almost always cleaned.(Some say it is washed more than it is drivin)
It is washed about twice a week and waxed every two or so weeks. I was woundering if anyone has waxed the engine bay and maybe even power wash it(I just get a wet rag and some soapy water and wipe it clean).Is it is ok to power wash the engine bay? Should I cover up all the electrical stuff if I power wash it?
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Re: Waxin the engine bay??

washing with water runs a risk of messing up the electronics. If you can keep those from getting wet then it should be ok.

I would only use water if its so nasty that you dont have a choice. They say to leave the car running while you do this but im not sure~

I clean mine by hand~ you can wax the paint if you wanted to but mostly its not clear coated so it wont do much. I would just keep it clean every week or so wipe it all off to keep it near perfect.
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A dry rag and some engine safe cleaners will do the trick if it's really dirty. Never dull works good on the chrome accessories, especially the piping (works really good on exhaust). I clean in the engine bay every time I wash the car. Just remember to be careful when cleaning around the wiring and connections...you don't want to accidentally unplug something or pull a wire connection apart.
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Re: Waxin the engine bay??

If you want you could try the spray on as you dry wax stuff?
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A dry rag and some engine safe cleaners will do the trick if it's really dirty.
Ok so there are engine safe cleaners. What name brand or company makes this.
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I use meguiars interior detailer, it says safe for electronics so you can spray it on things that you would have to worry about shorting out.
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I use meguiars interior detailer, it says safe for electronics so you can spray it on things that you would have to worry about shorting out.
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Re: Waxin the engine bay??

Super Clean works good on the valve covers and radiator cover, as well as other black surfaces and places that hold dirt and grime. I spray it on the rag and then apply the rag to the surface, I don't spray it directly on the engine pieces. It works good, but do it when the engine is cool, don't let it remain on the painted surfaces.
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plus the interior detailer from meguiars is not greasy~ its good after its all nice and clean to keep it that way.
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Super Clean works good on the valve covers and radiator cover, as well as other black surfaces and places that hold dirt and grime. I spray it on the rag and then apply the rag to the surface, I don't spray it directly on the engine pieces. It works good, but do it when the engine is cool, don't let it remain on the painted surfaces.
I see you trying to get that thanks...
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I see you trying to get that thanks...
uhh...me no I'm just trying to contribute whatever knowledge I've gained through personal experience and others to fellow 'stangers, in the hope that they will use this knowledge to better their mustang experience...the thanks is just a way for people to show gratification for my contribution
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well I have tried SpectorVs way (with the meguiars wipes) and it worked well, my neighbor walk by and busted my balls about how much I clean my car and when I showed him the engine bay it only added fuel to the fire. So it must look good .Next time Ill try your way sonicpony03. Thanks for the help you guys.
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Re: Waxin the engine bay??

Anytime friend. The meguiars is probably fine since you keep up with cleaning the engine. When I first started cleaning mine, I used some super clean to get the heavy grime and dirt that accumulated...same with my buddies GT. I think you'll be fine with either way...

Eagle One "Nevr Dull" works amazingly on chrome. My tips looked brand new after using some of it, same with the emblems...I highly recommend it ~ $4.00+ a can.
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Re: Waxin the engine bay??

I don't know how everyone else does theirs. But I worked for a dealership and I washed the cars and i would lightly go over it with water once then wash it softly with a regular mit and soap then i would rinse it off with as little amount of water as you can then dry the plasics and anything else that may need dried. I never had a car not start afterwards.
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But I worked for a dealership and I washed the cars.
My uncles friend owns a Ford dealer and he let me work there and wash and drive all the new Fords except the GT500 did it for free just so I can be around my beloved Ford.
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this was a used car dealership/ repair shop
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NO a FORD dealership New and Used cars
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what i'm talkin bout where i worked
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Re: Waxin the engine bay??

I wash my engine bay with diluted simple green or greased lightning and a rag...then rinse it off. I will do this after letting the engine get to operating temps...then wash and rinse off with the misting setting on the hose nozzle. Then I will use the air hose to blow out excess water, then start the engine again and let it run for 5 minutes. Then I'll wash the rest of the car. When done I will do all the painted parts with zaino...but only when I wax the car as well.

I haven't done this as much as I used to, but will start to again soon...the car needs one of my special in depth details again soon.
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what i'm talkin bout where i worked
Oh sorry my bad man. I got alittle jumpy.
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