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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 17, 1:54 PM Thread Starter
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Engine and bay cleaning tips

Hi TC. Was not sure where to post this, but ended up picking engine. I would like to clean and detail my motor and the engine bay. I would assume bag up the carb, distributor, and alternator. Any other component that needs to stay dry ..battery? As far as the proper process would it simply be to wet the engine, spray degreaser and let sit, then rinse and dry? Missing anything or any tips/tricks?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 17, 3:04 PM
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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

That all seems like it should work. I do have a good detailing tip; starting fluid. If you want to clean an aluminum intake that is oil and gas stained, spray it with starting fluid really well and wash the dirt away, then follow it with a compressed air blow gun. I also do this on metal parts before I paint them. It is an excellent degreaser.

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That all seems like it should work. I do have a good detailing tip; starting fluid. If you want to clean an aluminum intake that is oil and gas stained, spray it with starting fluid really well and wash the dirt away, then follow it with a compressed air blow gun. I also do this on metal parts before I paint them. It is an excellent degreaser.
Nice! Thank you, good tip and I even have a can.
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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

Real mag wheel cleaner (with acid) works very well on aluminum engine parts. Just keep it off of painted/plated stuff.
And the degreaser won't really hurt anything (pull plug wires and cover distributor), but don't let it dry. It will leave stains. Let it soak and scrub it every now and then while it sits.

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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

There's also several good videos on engine bay detailing on you tube with before, during and after shots.

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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

This surfactant works very well. I first used this on dirt bikes and it is amazing, then tried it under the hood of cars. I just power spray, shoot with Mr Moto and power spray again. Be aware of where you're spraying and how much pressure you're using.

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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

And once you get it clean, wipe it all down with a damp towel every time you wash the car. Besides always having a clean underhood, when a fluid leak happens you'll find it sooner and easier.
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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

Jeep guys bag alternator amd leave it running to powerwash. May want to ad some dialectic grease to vonnectioms tho.

Simple green on a cold engine, then pressure washing it while it runs does wonders for me.

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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

Thank you all for the responses. Very helpful tips. Are there any products that will not harm polished aluminum pieces? I had heard many can leave permanent stains and etchings.

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Re: Engine and bay cleaning tips

If the engine and surrounding areas are just dirty....road grime/dust/Etc... I found using the Bathroom Cleaner "Scrubbing Bubbles" works really well. First you have to have a cold engine and surrounding areas, so a hot day isn't great. You spray it on and wait a few minutes. It has a wetting agent, so it soaks into the dirt and dust. Next I have a hose nozzle that has a "Mist" position. This is important, you just want to "Mist" the Scrubbing Bubbles away and the dirt with it. If your careful you wont even get the fenders wet. Then I let it "Air Dry" for the most part, only wiping the big areas that excess water would collect and stay. After that ...start the engine and your done. It only takes a few minutes. The only "Down Side" to this method, is with some hoses, like heater/radiator it may leave a white appearance, like a residue, but it depended on the hose and with some it wiped right off. Just my .02.

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