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Old April 2nd, 2015, 07:26 PM   #1
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Washing the engine bay

Hey do you guys ever take it to a 'power wand' wash and choose the 'engine/tire degreaser cleaner' option?

I've never sprayed down an engine before and I'm wondering if its safe to do... Or what you guys do to clean your engine instead.
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Personally, I never take a spray wand or gun to the engine bay. It may take me a coupe of hours, but I wipe down as much as I can, I use a degreaser in some areas and then use a tire dressing to clean it up. Then spray detailer on painted parts.

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I did this when I was 17 on my Neon. In the end nothing went wrong, though it freaked me the fuck out. After letting it dry for 10-15 minutes and wiping up excess soap/water, the car idled funny, would barely stay running, lights were going on and off. Long story short the electronics needed to dry off.

Clean your engine the right way, 50 toothbrushes, rags, and elbow grease.

Or pay a local shop to do it. The ones around me charge between 200-400$.
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I have done it on my girlfriends 4 runner and on my Escalade but never on the Viper. I dont think anything would go wrong I have just been to scared to try it. I never had anything go wrong with the other two vehicles. Just make sure you give it a little time to dry off before starting it up.

I would recommend starting with the engine bay and since the degreaser setting is low pressure spray it shouldnt be an issue although that car wash degreaser stuff can discolor certain items under the hood so I would just spray the engine bay down with a good safe degreaser from an auto parts store that is safer for more surfaces and then I would use the spot free setting to rinse it off so you can keep the pressure lower and avoid getting water forced into places it doesnt need to be.

I start with the engine bay and then move on to the rest of the car so that the engine bay can dry a bit while I am cleaning the rest of the car. By the time I am done its good to go.
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I pressure wash my engine bay all the time and haven't ever had an issue. I don't stick the want right up against anything under full pressure, though.
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I pressure wash my engine bay all the time and haven't ever had an issue. I don't stick the want right up against anything under full pressure, though.
Good to know lol. I figured to be on the safe side you can stick with low pressure settings like the spot free or something like that.
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Also, don't forget to cover the electronic parts. Using Simple Green diluted in water is a good degreaser.
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I only use my Tornador tool to clean up the engine bay and carpets etc. It works wonders. You can use your favorite degreaser, APC, autoshampoo etc to get the desired results. On this particular car I used another pressure pump to spray a light mist of degreaser ,with some autofoam in it, on the engine brush, then used couple of different detailing brushes to get the dirt off, then tornador with APC and wiped it all clean with dilluted water in the Tornador and mf towels.

It makes the cleaning process a lot more fun and less messy, you can work with it in your garage surrounded with your priced car collection and not having to worry about spraying them with water and dirt.


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Old April 10th, 2015, 05:21 AM   #9
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soap and a fine mist is perfect for cleaning engine bays.
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Old April 10th, 2015, 08:45 AM   #10
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Do NOT use superclean. It messes up any parts made of aluminum. It will corrode solder joints on circuit boards (it fried my first VEC2)
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Yes be sure and check the pH of your cleaner.

I use a citrus foaming degreaser if there's any stubborn areas, but it general just use hot water and hose at will. No need to protect anything. Then with towels and a leaf blower dry it up. Common sense is your best friend here.
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.... and wiped it all clean with dilluted water ...
Uhh, what'd you dilute the water with?
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Uhh, what'd you dilute the water with?
I use Crown.
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Yes be sure and check the pH of your cleaner.

I use a citrus foaming degreaser if there's any stubborn areas, but it general just use hot water and hose at will. No need to protect anything. Then with towels and a leaf blower dry it up. Common sense is your best friend here.
i had a steam Jenny that worked great, but is also cleaned grease where you want grease (bearings, ball joints, ect...)
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I use hot water, being defined as the water exiting my water heater, which is about 125 F.
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I just wipe it down by hand. I used meguires detailing wipes (yes the kind you can your on your interior), and windex/paper towel.

Its all you need.
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Hey do you guys ever take it to a 'power wand' wash and choose the 'engine/tire degreaser cleaner' option?

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best engine degreaser

This is the best engine degrease. I am using it and try it out.
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best engine degreaser

This is the best engine degrease. try it out.

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Good to know lol. I figured to be on the safe side you can stick with low pressure settings like the spot free or something like that.
I've heard some people use fire extinguishers.
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