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so I've never cleaned my cars engine before and i was thinking about it and I've decided to do it but I don't know what i need and how to do it any help? please its cuz i just bought my first mod ever for my stang a cold air intake and i want it to look nice when i install it so it wouldnt be all dirty please help
 

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Start the car up idle for 10 mins....turn off car pop hood. Cover the coil pack and alternator with plastic bags. Spray engine bay down with hose pipe...spray all of wet bay with simple green or mean green. Close hood for 10 mins....pop hood spray off again with hose...use a scrub brush and rag for hard to remove spots....brush off any standing water...remove plastic bags and then spray all plastic and rubber with f21 by turtle wax...step back and enjoy.
 

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I cleaned my engine using the GUNK degreaser an protector, two cans $3.99 each, you can follow the car's manual instructions like I did, cover the battery, the fuse box and the air intake and spray the gunk degreaser, wait 15 minutes and then rinse it with water, then use the gunk protector and your done! Check the link below.

http://youtu.be/lORPwC0HLr0
 

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Here is my method to save you headaches, time and who knows what else..

Step 1. Make sure the engine is ice cold before starting.

You want it cool since there is a slight possibility that you can crack the engine block by throwing cold water on it.

Step 2. Cover fuse box, battery, distributor cap, air intake, and I cover the alternator as well. Plastic bags work well

Step 3. I spray the entire bay with simple green and then lightly brush with a soft brush or old rag.

Step 4. Lightly rinse, I hold the hose at an angle off to the side, keeping the nozzle on the lowest setting.

Step 5. Pull off plastic bags a little water might get onto those areas , but just wipe it up, and you'll be fine.

Step 6: Dry the bay with towels or forced air dryer (a leaf lower will work as long as the tube is clean)

At this point you have 2 options leave it alone, or dress it up to your liking! I personally like and use SprayWay instant shine because it looks great, and it doesn't attract dust.

Note: I usually do the engine first when detailing a car, it's not mandatory, but I don't love the job enough to go back and clean the overspray up.
 

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actually without a steam cleaner handy i'll just warm up the car 15 mins prior to spraying...some won't due to the minute chance in the past you could crack a block doing that. however i've never had an issue with this method and use it on all the cars & trucks i detail to get a great deep clean. really rips into the grime without using lots of solvents
 
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