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Old 05-20-2002, 10:54 AM   #1
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Can someone tell me how to clean the engine? How do u guys keep it so clean?

And what would I need to cover in order to hose it down?
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Old 05-20-2002, 10:56 AM   #2
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I'm feeling a little overwhelmed here...

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Old 05-20-2002, 11:01 AM   #3
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Well, obviously, cover up all the electrical parts you can. SIMPLE GREEN does a really good job, but there may be other products out there.

Oh, and make sure you cover up that intake. If water gets in there, you will having some rough rides until all the water has evaporated.
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Old 05-20-2002, 11:05 AM   #4
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Well, obviously, cover up all the electrical parts you can. SIMPLE GREEN does a really good job, but there may be other products out there.

Oh, and make sure you cover up that intake. If water gets in there, you will having some rough rides until all the water has evaporated.
What kind of things need o be covered? Do I need to cover the wires going in to the back of the headlights?
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Old 05-20-2002, 11:06 AM   #5
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Whoa!!! That picture! I just did a wipe down of my engine yesterday--not a complete wipe down but enough for the time being.
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Old 05-20-2002, 11:15 AM   #6
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Old 05-20-2002, 11:35 AM   #7
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OK...I hope you're ready to hear this...

I recently attended a detailing seminar hosted buy a bunch of detailing pros. I couldn't believe some of the tips-n-tricks I learned that day.

I was particularly interested in how they go their engine bays so clean. I just couldn't imagine anyone cleaning every belt and hose with a tooth brush and some Amour-All.

Well, they had a demonstration using a Porsche 944 with an engine bay that had not been cleaned in years. Here's how it went...the ending shocked me.

1. Let the engine run for a minute or two to warm it up. Grease and other gunk is easier to remove when the engine is warm (NOT HOT).

2. Cover any exposed electrical components and anything else you do not want to get a bunch of water on with aluminum foil.

3. Get a can of engine degreaser from your local auto store...they used GUNK Engine Degreaser. Spray it liberally on everything! Don't be shy...they used the entire can. Let is sit for 10-15mins so it can breakdown and loosen all that grime.

4. Get the hose out and spray down everything to remove all the degreaser and dirt and grime. Do not use a nozzle...just the hose is enough pressure. You do not want to blast water into all the engine components...especially on newer cars.

5. Let the water run off for a few mins and start the engine and let is run for 30 seconds to help dry some of the water.

6. Here's the final step that SHOCKED the hell out of me. They sprayed the entire engine bay down with WD-40. They used an entire can and sparyed it on EVERYTHING! After they were done; the engine looked BRAND NEW. I was told this is how many car dealers get the used cars to look brand new under the hood. Some substitute Pledge furniture spray instead of WD-40 (believing WD-40 attracts dust).

I wouldn't believe it unless I saw it with my own eyes. The Porsche engine looked flawless and every hose and belt looked brand new. I'm planning on doing this to my car this weekend.


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Old 05-20-2002, 11:50 AM   #8
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Wow. I've never "water down" my engine before (in any of the cars I've had in the past) for fear of messing something up. Tell us about it when you do your Vinny. And do a DIY write up too, hehehe.
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Old 05-20-2002, 11:58 AM   #9
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Water won't hurt an engine...

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Wow. I've never "water down" my engine before (in any of the cars I've had in the past) for fear of messing something up. Tell us about it when you do your Vinny. And do a DIY write up too, hehehe.
Just don't use a pressure washer and get it all over the place. I've cleaned the engine on my old Volvo and 525i before...no big deal...I just never knew WD-40 would make everything look spotless and new again.
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Old 05-20-2002, 12:07 PM   #10
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My mom swears that Pledge will get tar off a car. I personally haven't tried it.
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Old 05-20-2002, 12:13 PM   #11
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here's a pic i got from dan about what to cover
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i simply just ift the hood & squirt it out everytime i wash the car. 8500 miles so far and still looks like new, no problems ever, just a clean new looking motor. another easy trick a lot of car show guys do is get a bottle of the spary foam for tires. no matter how filthy looking your engine is just squirt it down & close the hood. next time you open it, it will look better than the day you brought it home.
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here's a pic i got from dan about what to cover
What's No. 5? Is that all I need to cover?
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Looks like the xenon ballasts...

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What's No. 5? Is that all I need to cover?
It wouldn't hurt to cover the lighting components.
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Old 05-20-2002, 01:42 PM   #16
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Re: Looks like the xenon ballasts...

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It wouldn't hurt to cover the lighting components.
So ignore that if I don't have xenons? What about the back of the headlights? All those wires going to the bulbs?
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here's a pic i got from dan about what to cover
What about the alternator? Does it matter if it gets wet?
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Here's a good rule of thumb..

if you have any doubts...cover it. The alternator will be fine just done spray water directly into it.

It wouldn't hurt to put some foil on your light housings. You don't want water in there.
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Thanks Vinny!
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Old 05-20-2002, 11:42 PM   #20
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I did it!

A BIG BIG thanks to vinnymac and jAb for their advice. I followed those directions and I covered all the electrical components and a sprayed the entire compartment with Gunk Degreaser. I was worried it wouldn't start up after hosing it down but everything went fine. And the WD-40 trick works great. The plastic and rubber parts were grey and dull after washing but the WD-40 made them look new again.

Here are a couple before pics...






And after...

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