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Old 09-04-2014, 04:35 PM   #1
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Washing the motor?

What is the best way to wash our mustangs motor without damaging it? I have a aftermarket intake, can it get wet? Thanks guys


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Wrap the alternator and your cone filter in plastic bags with tape so they don't fall off. Make sure your fuse box is shut firmly.

Use a hose and spray everything down well. Then grab something like Simple Green and a sturdy brush. Spray it down and get to scrubbing well.

Let that sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it well again. Let it drip dry for 10 minutes or so, grab a leaf blower or compressed air and blow out all the water. At that point you can remove the bags and start the engine to warm it up and get rid of the extra water.

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Wrap the alternator and your cone filter in plastic bags with tape so they don't fall off. Make sure your fuse box is shut firmly.

Use a hose and spray everything down well. Then grab something like Simple Green and a sturdy brush. Spray it down and get to scrubbing well.

Let that sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it well again. Let it drip dry for 10 minutes or so, grab a leaf blower or compressed air and blow out all the water. At that point you can remove the bags and start the engine to warm it up and get rid of the extra water.

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Good tips. Is what you're saying for just the motor or the entire engine bay? If you want to wash everything under the hood, what else do you recommend sealing off?

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That's for the entire bay and engine. Most everything else is sealed off. Just don't use a pressure washer. It COULD be fine, but it could knock hoses or belts loose, so it's just a better idea to use a normal hose and hand wash.

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What is the best soap or spray, you recommend to clean the motor? And can I let it dry instead of warming up the engine?


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Simple Green is what I use, it's a a strong degreaser. It comes in a spray bottle. You can find it just about anywhere.

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I cover intake then spray a cool to warm (NOT hot) engine with 30% simple green mix follow with a light rinse and let air dry for 1/2 hr b4 starting. Engines are semi water proof think rain/puddles
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I cover intake then spray a cool to warm (NOT hot) engine with 30% simple green mix follow with a light rinse and let air dry for 1/2 hr b4 starting. Engines are semi water proof think rain/puddles
Yeah that's a good tip. Dont do this on a hot engine. The cold water could cause stress cracks, along with steam lol.

I always just wash it on Saturday when my cars been sitting all night.

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Ok guys. Thank you both very much for the info!


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I second that on the Simple Green. It works wonders and leaves a fresh minty smell.


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Simple Green has been known to be not so kind to aluminum. If you rinse it off well enough its not that big of a deal.

I personally prefer Gunk brand engine degreaser. The stuff is potent, and gets the job done in fast order. I would only use it for engines that are actually greasy and grimy. If its just dirt, then something like Simple Green, Purple Power, or any of the water diluted varieties would be a better option.

Make sure to protect the paint on the hood and fenders! Most degreasers can stain if they are left to dry on painted surfaces.
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