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Old 02-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Cleaning engine bay??

Ive got many different answers on this so i come to fellow mustang owners for the answer, is it safe to spray down ur engine at a car wash or even at home with a hose???
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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Re: Cleaning engine bay??

I don't do it. I think there is to much electric stuff that has to
be kept dry.........
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Thats wat i was thinking but then ppl are telling me theyve been doing it foryears and its fine i just dont wanna jack anything up
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I have a friend that cleans the engine of his corvette with a hand held steamer. Everything just runs off and there's really not much water involved.
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I power wash my engine about once a month... never had any problems
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if you disconnect your battery before and let it dry off before you reconnect it i dont know how it could mess it up
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What about all the sensors and other electrical stuff
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Do to all the electronics a hand held steam cleaner is the best way that's how pro detail shops do
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Been washing my engines for 27 years. Never had a problem. What do you think happens to all that water when it rains? I usually sponge off the dirty parts with soapy car wash suds and then with the nozzle removed from the hose I rinse. I never blast water on the engine and I move over the parts quickly, like I said I have never had a problem. I do it maybe 4-5 times a year and not every time I wash my car.
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Been washing my engines for 27 years. Never had a problem. What do you think happens to all that water when it rains? I usually sponge off the dirty parts with soapy car wash suds and then with the nozzle removed from the hose I rinse. I never blast water on the engine and I move over the parts quickly, like I said I have never had a problem. I do it maybe 4-5 times a year and not every time I wash my car.
+1 i did this to my 97 caddy DeVille, 08 Mazda 3, 03 GT, and am currently using engine degreaser on the 2012 3.7! Also have done this to my dads 04 v6, 03 Lincoln town car, brother's s-10, mom's 06 GT, buddy's 2010 Camaro, other buddy's Nissan Titan, Nissan rogue, and2011 Challenger. Never EVER had a problem. Only thing is if you use degreaser ($5 a can @ Auto zone) make sure you rinse well and then use a micro fiber towel to dry well or you end up with spots all over the plastic pieces!

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This is what the dealerships do to make used car's engine bays look brand new
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Re: Cleaning engine bay??

hand cleaning regularly keeps it from getting bad enough to need a hose etc but if its past the point of no return you may have to resort to that along with degreaser to get it back... you just have to cover up everything that could get messed up and be careful to avoid those areas.
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hand cleaning regularly keeps it from getting bad enough to need a hose etc but if its past the point of no return you may have to resort to that along with degreaser to get it back... you just have to cover up everything that could get messed up and be careful to avoid those areas.
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I like to clean the engine bay by hand. That way I know I'm not gonna fux anything up. I will spray the rad down when its cold and have sprayed down the pulleys and sides before but nothing on top or near the valley. Degreaser, a roll of shop towels and a handfull of q-tips goes a long ways.
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I like to clean the engine bay by hand. That way I know I'm not gonna fux anything up. I will spray the rad down when its cold and have sprayed down the pulleys and sides before but nothing on top or near the valley. Degreaser, a roll of shop towels and a handfull of q-tips goes a long ways.
+1. I've always cleaned by hand as long as you clean it regularly. Everyone is different though. If Im cleaning the outside then I clean the inside and the engine bay .... That's me !!!
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