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Old 05-24-2014, 11:52 PM   #1
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Cleaning engine bay

My engine bay is kind a dirty from the harsh winter. Can I just put the power wash to it or do I have to cover up some stuff??

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I've seen people at the wash do this before, not mustangs though. They'll pressure wash the entire bay. I personally would not do this for the fear of shorting out something, or getting water leaked in a place it's not meant to be. The only thing I power wash under the hood is the radiator, to get all the bugs off.
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I spray my cool engine down with Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner and rinse with the garden hose and just don't spray directly into the alternator or open filter. I don't like pressure washing under the hood since the pressure can force water where it does not belong.
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There are a million different threads on this site about cleaning engines. I'm sure you will find a lot.

I'm not a fan of using high pressure in the engine bay.
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I worked at a car wash when I was young and it was against corporate policy to pressure wash engines due to previous cars having mechanical problems because of pressure washing.
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Personally what i do is take a trash bag and i cover the alternator and the intake since mine is an airaid so its open and i also cover the battery. Then i spray the whole engine bay liberally with chemical guys orange degreaser diluted and let it soak for about 5 minutes and then i just rinse it out. After that i get an electric leaf blower or air compressor and get most of the water out and then let the engine heat evaporate the rest of the water.
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I worked at a car wash when I was young and it was against corporate policy to pressure wash engines due to previous cars having mechanical problems because of pressure washing.
I'm confused. I assume you meant not to?
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Personally what i do is take a trash bag and i cover the alternator and the intake since mine is an airaid so its open and i also cover the battery. Then i spray the whole engine bay liberally with chemical guys orange degreaser diluted and let it soak for about 5 minutes and then i just rinse it out. After that i get an electric leaf blower or air compressor and get most of the water out and then let the engine heat evaporate the rest of the water.
^ I've used this method for a long time now sometimes I use brushes and rags to really scrub things.
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yes! If it's really dirty i use brushes, but mine hasnt ever been that bad. I actually had a stupid mouse during the winter that pooped on my intake and the orange degreaser easily took care of that. It turns a putrid green color lol. After i wash it all i would use something to dress the plastics (not armor all) I use chemical guys VRP dressing. Something in an aerosol can would be fantastic as well and could really get to all the nooks and crannys.
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yes! If it's really dirty i use brushes, but mine hasnt ever been that bad. I actually had a stupid mouse during the winter that pooped on my intake and the orange degreaser easily took care of that. It turns a putrid green color lol. After i wash it all i would use something to dress the plastics (not armor all) I use chemical guys VRP dressing. Something in an aerosol can would be fantastic as well and could really get to all the nooks and crannys.
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^ You should see a result like this after your done.
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Yep! Looks good
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anything I really need to cover up on a 2014 GT??? battery I am sure... what else???
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The only thing I don't wash is the alternator, ECU and the open air cleaner.

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There shouldn't be a problems spraying or getting water on the battery. Protecting the alternator, ECU, and open air cleaner should be done for sure.

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