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Old 08-14-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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Myth about engine cleaning

Okay well I'm trying to get the best of knowledge as I am close to owning my first stang and want to take great care of it!

Anyways, the other day at wal-mart(getting a battery for girlfriends car) the "mechanic" at wal-mart and I started talking about the best way to clean your engine....

I had told him I had heard of people covering their battery, intake and alternator with plastic bags .... I've seen some Use just a spray on chemical to eat away the bad stuff, then you just rinse off...(of course I know to never to use a pressure washer on it and spray away)

But anyway, he told me that someone he knows that works at spradly said its bad to clean your engine down ( with lightly used water) because of somehow it can get into your cylinders? Like a little bit of water will seep in....

Is this guy just full of s***?
Or is their some sort of truth to this... Or something like it.
And what's the best way to get a great looking engine bay?
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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What I did recently was use some multi surface house hold cleaner and then rinsed it off with one of those pump sprayers used for weeds. Then took some turtle wax ice and polished up the plastic parts. It did a pretty good job.
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Re: Myth about engine cleaning

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Okay well I'm trying to get the best of knowledge as I am close to owning my first stang and want to take great care of it!

Anyways, the other day at wal-mart(getting a battery for girlfriends car) the "mechanic" at wal-mart and I started talking about the best way to clean your engine....

I had told him I had heard of people covering their battery, intake and alternator with plastic bags .... I've seen some Use just a spray on chemical to eat away the bad stuff, then you just rinse off...(of course I know to never to use a pressure washer on it and spray away)

But anyway, he told me that someone he knows that works at spradly said its bad to clean your engine down ( with lightly used water) because of somehow it can get into your cylinders? Like a little bit of water will seep in....

Is this guy just full of s***?
Or is their some sort of truth to this... Or something like it.
And what's the best way to get a great looking engine bay?

when i was running lean a while back, i was looking on what could be the problem.
there was one guy on a forum that said he pressure washed his engine, and that effed up his O2 sensor. he got made fun of real bad ;P
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when i was running lean a while back, i was looking on what could be the problem.
there was one guy on a forum that said he pressure washed his engine, and that effed up his O2 sensor. he got made fun of real bad ;P
Lmao
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Okay well I'm trying to get the best of knowledge as I am close to owning my first stang and want to take great care of it!

Anyways, the other day at wal-mart(getting a battery for girlfriends car) the "mechanic" at wal-mart and I started talking about the best way to clean your engine....

I had told him I had heard of people covering their battery, intake and alternator with plastic bags .... I've seen some Use just a spray on chemical to eat away the bad stuff, then you just rinse off...(of course I know to never to use a pressure washer on it and spray away)

But anyway, he told me that someone he knows that works at spradly said its bad to clean your engine down ( with lightly used water) because of somehow it can get into your cylinders? Like a little bit of water will seep in....

Is this guy just full of s***?
Or is their some sort of truth to this... Or something like it.
And what's the best way to get a great looking engine bay?
I just rinse it off with a water hose,,then use a air blower and dry it off..Just try not to get it around your coil packs,,it can get in there and cause misfire,,But if you get it in there they are easy to take out and you blow them out with air
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:07 AM   #6
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For the 05-09 mustangs, the user's manual recommends to wash your engine from time to time, and you only need to cover the battery and the air intake as it says, other than that your good, I did that many times and I didn't have any problem, I used the gunk foam and then rinsed it with water!
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:14 AM   #7
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Re: Myth about engine cleaning

first off walmart guys aren't mechanics...just techs...and usually 99% of them can barely change oil (i use to be a shop manager for a TLE)..

second i love cleaning my engine bay and i always cover my electricals but allways go back to them with a wet wipe cloth after the rest of the bay is ready for finals wiping. btw try using mothers back to black on the hoses
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This was brought up before and I saved the pic of what was said the best thing to get.
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:08 AM   #9
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Re: Myth about engine cleaning

I can second Gunk.

I was skeptical at first, but it worked really well, and my engine looked almost new after using it. Just make sure you get the protected spray and use a little (and I mean a little) to keep your engine looking spiffy.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input fellas.
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