Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Hills California
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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