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Old 02-03-2006, 12:48 AM   #1
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Power washing ur engine

Is it ok to do it or not. Im still leary about water and engines. I used to go muddin in trucks and water was never good. I know that engines now adays are all sealed up but I wanna know if u just spray it and go or what here.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:01 AM   #2
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did you try running a search? i know there's alot of threads on different methods for cleaning the engine. some are disputed still, but for the most part there is good info...and when in doubt ask coupe since his engine bay is probably the cleanest by far.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:05 AM   #3
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Search, it's been discussed...

Power Wash = No-no.
Wash = okay if you cover electronics and stuff. Search for what's recommended to cover.
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what i do when i clean my bay is spray it down wit degreaser then hose it all down works great and havent had any problems
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The way i do it:
Soak down everything with simple green.....i mean EVERYTHING, dont be scared.
Let sit 10 minutes.
Spray it all off with your hose and a high pressure nosle or any sprayer you might have ( i use a high pressure nosle).
Then spray it down again with simple green and let sit again for another 10 minutes.
Then use a clean rag and wipe down everything, this part sucks, its tedious and there are alot of nooks and crannies that are hard to get to.
After you get it all wiped down, rinse again.
Start up the car, it may run a bit funny till it warms up but dont be scurred
After all is dry, wipe down all black plastice pieces with armor all or tire shine.
Bam, done.
No i dont cover up any electrical stuff, everything gets wet.
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i like that idea spray on and let it sit hell my cars still under warrenty ne way. could take the hood off and go through a car wash hmmmmmm.......so simple green and high water pressure and lots of rags beer and a nice sunny day now do u leave the hoood open or closed do u do this in shade or sun light i dont know if simple green would bake on like wax??
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i like that idea spray on and let it sit hell my cars still under warrenty ne way. could take the hood off and go through a car wash hmmmmmm.......so simple green and high water pressure and lots of rags beer and a nice sunny day now do u leave the hoood open or closed do u do this in shade or sun light i dont know if simple green would bake on like wax??
Pretty much, obviously you have to have the hood open But no you dont have to take it off. I do it in the sun or shade, just depends on what the weather is like when i have the time, i dont have time to waite on mother nature. Dont let the simple green or any other degreeser of any kind touch your paint, it will strip off the wax or any protectants you use.
I did forget to mention, once you get it clean you wont have to go through that whole ritual again after that. After that first time just pop your hood once a week and just wipe everything down with a wet clean rag.
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make sure that your engine is cool also, that is often overlooked
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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make sure that your engine is cool also, that is often overlooked
Damn, good thing you chimed in, i forgot to mention that. I figure its common sense but not to many people acquire that at birth.
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hmm, ill never feel comfortable getting EVERYTHING wet.... i just don't have the balls to do it, electrical and all...
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At the very least, every spring I rinse the salt off from the inside of the engine bay with regular hose pressure...and every other car wash, I try to spray water from the backside of the radiator to flush it (and the condenser coil) out; try being the operative word...it's not easy with the ram air intake in the way.
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the only thing that cant get wet is the alternator... just use a towel soap and water...
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hmm, ill never feel comfortable getting EVERYTHING wet.... i just don't have the balls to do it, electrical and all...
Dont be scared man, i was scared my first time also, you wont hurt a thing, trust me.
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the only thing that cant get wet is the alternator... just use a towel soap and water...

I get that wet also, its never caused a problem in any of my vehicles. Now im not sayin stand there and blast the thing with water but getting it wet isnt gonna hurt a thing. Hell i spray that down also with SG and just rinse it off with the house.
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^ you can get it wet but you cant start it up right away
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I do, no problems
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there is stuff called "the gunk". it's a foaming spray. spray it on, let is soak, scrub the hard spots then rinse. that's what i use and it's works pretty good. but like other ppl said, make sure the engine is cool before you go spraying cold water
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i checked my distributor cap the other day and two of the plugs were completely covered in rust . . . its the first time ive checked it since i bought it used about 6 months ago. could powerwashing the enging have caused this?

i don't see any other way this could have happened?
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i checked my distributor cap the other day and two of the plugs were completely covered in rust . . . its the first time ive checked it since i bought it used about 6 months ago. could powerwashing the enging have caused this?

i don't see any other way this could have happened?
Its possible, there is alot of moisture under your hood when it rains/snows also.
You mean coil packs right?
All you have to do is clean them with some sand paper, the rust will come right off, its not a big deal.
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i don't know what its called - where the plug wires connect to the distributor cap?

i cleaned them with vinegar and steel wool

hopefully they stay tight and moisture doesn't get in there again
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