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Old 02-26-2003, 02:57 AM   #81
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i am going to test this on my mom's explorer first. teehee.
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Old 02-26-2003, 02:59 AM   #82
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Yea, I will cover it up, but still I was just curious as to what is in there? In one of the "after" pics shown, I can't tell what it is...
I have a 330i Step, so didn't know if its something maybe only with either a coupe or manual tranny that goes in there???
I think that space is for the jet headlamp washers for the cars with cold weather package. i think......
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Old 02-26-2003, 08:37 AM   #83
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That looks amazing. Great job on the cleaning!

I will definitely try the WD40 this weekend. Its a real pain keeping it clean under the hood. I might try it out on the wife's car before I do it on mine
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Old 02-26-2003, 08:46 AM   #84
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I might try it out on the wife's car before I do it on mine

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Old 02-26-2003, 09:12 AM   #85
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I know this isn't very constructive commentary, but where on earth do you guys drive your cars to make the engine bays look that dirty? The Sahara Desert? I doubt the cars in the WRC races look much dirtier!! I must just be lucky or clean because I only wipe my engine area down every other time I wash the car and it looks brand new. Maybe its a northern problem!
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Old 04-12-2003, 12:57 PM   #86
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Old 04-12-2003, 04:04 PM   #87
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anyone got results from using Pledge to make it shine? great tips Vinny! THANKS!
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Just use WD-40... trust me it works GREAT!!!!




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Old 04-12-2003, 04:21 PM   #89
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Hmmm...!

Nice pics/Nice Job ...!!

About 12 years ago I did prity much the same thing, but I used AutoFom paint sealent on all my plastics parts because "dust" just wouldnt stick to it.... it looked good for 3 more years till I sold it... shinny as hell.

Dont know if they still sell that ****... but dont get it on your paint.. cause what ever under it will never come off... it seals the paint real good.
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Old 04-12-2003, 04:38 PM   #90
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The good thing about WD 40 is that is actually helps the electrical components as well. WD actually stands for Water Displacement. I used to work Offshore on the Oil Rigs and we use WD40 on all the electrical connections to insure there is no leakage due to water.

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The good thing about WD 40 is that is actually helps the electrical components as well. WD actually stands for Water Displacement. I used to work Offshore on the Oil Rigs and we use WD40 on all the electrical connections to insure there is no leakage due to water.

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Old 04-12-2003, 05:27 PM   #92
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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.

question, can I just use a wet cloth to wipe down the stuff instead of water hose?? Im too scared Ill fock up
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Old 04-12-2003, 05:29 PM   #93
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question, can I just use a wet cloth to wipe down the stuff instead of water hose?? Im too scared Ill fock up

That would be a lot more work and you could leave behind a layer of cleaner. Use the hose (w/o the nozzle) and don't worry... I hosed down my entire engine for a WHILE and I didn't have any problems. Seriously... don't be scared to hose it down.



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That looks insane! The difference is crazy.... Big shout out to vinny for the info!
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thanks vinny..

but where can i pick up some pledge furniture stuff?
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Old 04-12-2003, 10:55 PM   #97
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Old 04-12-2003, 11:45 PM   #98
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I just did this last weekend. Results were amazing. I put my Dinan engine covers on also. I need to get pics up badly but didnt take any.

Gunk engine cleaner and WD-40 worked amazingly well. Make sure the engine is cool and everything runs and looks great when it is done!
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Old 04-14-2003, 01:30 PM   #99
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So you just wrap electrical compenents in tin foil, then seal it with some tape? Does this work better than just wrapping bags around components?
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Old 04-14-2003, 01:52 PM   #100
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Update:

1. You can use aluminum foil to cover all the crucial electrical components in the engine bay before you hose it down. Foil is a lot easier to use than plastic bags and tape.

2. Simple Green is a great alternative to the harsh chemicals in most off the shelf engine cleaners. It's also better for the environment.

3. Pledge furniture spray is a great substitute for the final application of WD-40. WD-40 has a tendency to attract a lot of dust and dirt. Most furniture sprays contain anti-dust additives that will help keep your engine bay clean longer.

Good luck guys!
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