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Old 08-03-2016, 07:51 PM   #1
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Cleaning Your Engine

So recently I noticed that my engine and engine bay have become very filthy and dirty, I was wondering how everyone cleans their engine bay up? At the car wash I frequent one of the cycles is titled engine and wheel cleaner, the picture for this cycle is a car with the hood propped open and it's owner spraying inside the engine bay. Is this possibly a special soap wash that will allow me to clean the engine and bay with any I'll effects?

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I have always used the car wash engine cleaner. Especially if I bought a car used to bring the engine bay up to speed. I bought my 2014 new and after each hand wash I wipe down the entire bay. I use the high pressure car wash soap only to catch the hard to reach areas. After the engine drys and cools down, I spray it down with tire shine. I'm at 62,000 miles and it still looks new.
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i use diluted purple power, let soak for 5 mins and rinse off.
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I just use the engine clean at the car wash,spray down engine being careful around distributor and alternator then shut hood change from engine cleaner to soap wash car then lift hood spray off motor then put it to rinse and spray car and engine off,shut hood and do a final spray on car body and done.easy pesy.
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I use Scrubbing bubbles and the garden hose.
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warm (not hot) stopped engine I'll spray it with a 10-20% Simple green solution from a mister bottle then a gentle mist from the hose. Avoid spraying directly on electrical but engines are semi water resistant and get wet in rain/puddles.
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Never let mine get that dirty but I have used the soft spray at the car wash in the past. Like has been said, warm not hot engine, be careful what and where you spray, electrical and such. All the other methods mentioned are great also.
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I use Scrubbing bubbles and the garden hose.


This^^^^^

I use a paint brush for the hard to reach places
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This^^^^^

I use a paint brush for the hard to reach places

Both these guys know how it's done haha I do the same thing with a small brush.


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Spray her down every 3rd wash and no brushes needed my friends

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Spray her down every 3rd wash and no brushes needed my friends

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I'm with you, washed the car on Saturday, washed the engine and bay with the left overs from the wash bucket and rinsed her good. All bright and shinny again.
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Been doing this for years, griots engine cleaner (follow directions)when I rinse it I have this thing that attaches to the hose it has a container on the bottom you fill with soap. When the spray comes out the soap is a thick foam. I soap underside of the hood and engine with that let it sit a few minutes, Rinse well with clean water, dry it off with a microfiber towel, Once a year (car show time) I use griots garage Engine dressing on the engine and hard plastic parts, as for the bay I paint prep it, mist it down dry it, Clay bar it best I can, lightly mist it and spray wax it. Every time I wash the car I pop the hood and rinse it with plain water. Looks like new
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