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Old 01-06-2015, 02:57 PM   #1
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How do you properly wash a 14 GT500 Engine

Title says it all. I never really cleaned my past cars' engines but with my Shelby I always have people asking to see the engine and I get a little embarrassed when I open it and it's dirty. Does anyone with a Shelby has a system to washing theirs? Any good product suggestions?
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Some shops do steam cleaning. Other than that, i recommend a damp rag and a tooth brush.


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Simple green and a rag... Or some pressure wash the engine but be very careful of all those electronics in there.


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Simple green and a rag... Or some pressure wash the engine but be very careful of all those electronics in there.


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I would highly suggest not using a pressure washer. Maaaaybe on low, but it's still risky.

Typically with an engine wash, you want to cover your CAI filter, alternator and any exposed electrical components with a plastic bag and some tape.

Rinse everything off with a normal sprayer, spray some cleaner (simple green works great) all in the bay. Let it sit a couple minutes and then agitate it with a brush.

Let that sit again, then rinse it all out. Once you're done, use a leaf blower (electric) or compressed air to get the majority of the water out of the nooks and crannies.

Wipe down what you can and then start the engine, let it warm up and that gets rid of the rest.

If there's anything different with the GT500 due to maybe the supercharger, I'm not aware.

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I figured the air intake would be covered as well as the electrical parts.


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Mine gets cleaned with a microfiber by hand. I use turtle wax ice. I spray it on the rag and not the engine. Lol I actually took it to a guy one time to have it cleaned. He opened the hood and was like, "oh, I usually don't start with them this clean". It takes about an hour but it's time well spent if you plan on opening it in front of people.
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Really just depends if you actually drive your car or if it's a garage queen. If you drive it daily, wiping it down will take a while to get it truly clean.

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Getting it initially clean might take a while. If you're like me, I wash my car basically every week in warm weather. If you wipe the engine every other week, it's easy to maintain. I personally don't have a garage so it does get a little dirty.
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Hello. I'm new here but have been posting on another forum since 2011. I used to own a '12 GT/CS that I just traded for a new '14 GT less than 3 weeks ago. I've also owned a '13 Shelby for almost 2 years. About the OP's original question, I used to pressure wash the engine bay of my '13 Shelby until one day the engine started to misfire and the CEL came on. I took it to the dealer and they replaced an ignition coil along with the spark plug. They told me NOT to pressure wash the engine again. Just use a rag along with some kind of engine cleaner and apply it to the rag, not the engine.
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The suggested method is LOW pressure water from a hose and degreaser. Apply degreaser, agitate with various brushes, then rinse with low pressure water. Avoid spraying water directly on the alternator, ignition coils, and any visible electrical connections. Once finish, run the engine up to operating temperature to evaporate any standing water.

Remember most engine bay electronics are sealed pretty well. Properly target low pressure water poses little risk, especially on a newer car. As things get older and seals deteriorate, more care needs to be taken.
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