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What do you want to cover up before sprying down your engine to make it clean. I see and hear alot of different ways...
 
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What do you want to cover up before sprying down your engine to make it clean. I see and hear alot of different ways...
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Detailing your engine bay and keeping it clean not only makes working on your engine easier but it shows a sense of pride of ownership. Modern engines are fairly easy to clean and detail, but keep in mind that you will using liquids and water around electrical equipment. Modern cars are sealed very well from the factory, but you should protect equipment such as the ECU or the Alternator. If you don't know what these are or what they look like, then you shouldn't detail your engine.

Products Needed.

A quality degreaser such as Eimann Fabrik's VOC Engine Degreaser or Meguiars Super Degreaser

-A couple of brushes (I use old paint brushes)

-Running water

-Towels

-Your favorite dressing such as Meguiars Natural Shine, Meguiars Hyperdressing or 1Z's Vinyl-Rubber Care and Protectant

1) The engine can be warm or cool to the touch, although warmer temperatures will help break down grease and grime. However you do NOTwant to spray cool water on a hot engine!

2) Use aluminum foil and wrap it around sensitive electrical equipment such as alternator or the ECU. Do NOT use aluminum foil on the battery as you could bridge the terminals.

3) Where gloves and eye protection to protect against any caustic chemicals. You do NOT want engine degreaser ending up in your eye's!

4) Spray a liberal amount of engine degreaser on all areas that need to be cleaned and allow to dwell for 30 seconds.

5) Agitate the degreaser into a lather using a soft brush to help facilitate the removal of stubborn grease and grit.

6) Rinse throughly using flowing water. Avoid spraying water with pressure on to sensitive equipment, but rather work around them. Rinse all solution off the engine, fire wall, and inner fenders.

7) Dry the engine as much as possible. If you have a high speed electric leaf blower use it remove as much standing water as possible from all the various nooks and crannies. If you have a wet vac you can use this to such water out of tight areas. If you have neither use a towel to soak up as much as possible.

8) Close engine bay and start engine. Allow to run up to normal operating temperature for at least 5 minutes.

9) After engine dries, apply your favorite dressing to the hoses and plastics, and enjoy!

In pictures:

This Hyundai was in desperate need of having its engine detailed. A perfect demo car in need of some love!







I sprayed the engine compartment down with a liberal coat of Eimann Fabrik's VOC Engine Degreaser. The degreaser immediately began to loosen the grease and grime.



Very dirty areas require agitation with a soft brush.



The underside of the hood was very dirty as well, and in need of a little cleaning.



After flushing the engine bay throughly with water, little areas of grime might remain. This is a perfect time, if you desire, to get out a q-tip and clean any spots up.



Remove as much standing water as possible, then close the engine and allow it to run up to operation temperature to facilitate drying. After it cools down, apply your favorite dressing and enjoy! I used 1Z Rubber-Vinyl Care 'Tienfienpfleger.









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and finish up by using this on plastic and rubber material! some people use tire shine but over time it dries up your hoses and tubes.

Best product ever!!!
 

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The body and interior should look pretty,not the engine.
Heresy! The engine should be clean and shiny. It makes it so much easier to work on it, and to spot leaks or other potential problems.
 

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If you do decide to use the degreaser and spray off, hit it with compressed air- blow out the electrical connections (not too close) and most of the standing water.

I wouldn't make it a habit, I use Simple Green and a rag... Much safer. :)
 

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common sense with cars goes a long way. i see a lot of useless posts lately. either people are losing their smarts or it's post whoring season. hmm damn i just post whored

haha
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FWIW, Spray and Wash in the laundry section at the market is about the best stuff I have found to cut grime on an engine. Spray it on, let it desolve the crud and then wash it off, or spray on, brush, and then wash. It's inexpensive!
 

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Very true- Spray and Wash is a detailer's secret... Right along with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to clean up old leather seats... :D
 

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Electrical gremlins are the worst problems to diagnose.
Electrical parts usually have no warranty.
I made the mistake of cleaning the engine bay before,and payed dearly.
What good is a pretty engine,if it's sitting on the side of the road with the hood open?
 

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Correct- Simple Green and a rag never put an engine out of commission that I know of... :thumbsup:
 

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Probably any all purpose cleaner will work, I use zep citrus from home depot diluted 4:1 to clean the engine bay. I also cover the alternator with a plastic grocery bag. Also don't use a pressure washer, a normal hose is fine.
 

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Electrical gremlins are the worst problems to diagnose.
Electrical parts usually have no warranty.
I made the mistake of cleaning the engine bay before,and payed dearly.
What good is a pretty engine,if it's sitting on the side of the road with the hood open?
So you're telling everyone not to do it based off your one experience when other people have been successful? Not cool. I do it all the time on every day cars and show cars. None of them had any bad experience after I properly masked and bagged everything up that could potentially wrong.
regarding the responses for using simple green, I remember seeing this thread a while back.. http://www.autopia.org/forum/car-de...imple-green-its-simple-dont-use-aluminum.html

it basically says not to use the regular simple green, but the simple green made for aircrafts and apparently that is also found at home depot.
Safest chemical cleaner in the detailing world is P21S Total Auto Wash. I'd use a real cleaner that is designed for it. Then when you're done, you can use it to strip off the wax on your car and give it a new coat :thumbsup:

I use it on every surface since it has virtually no risk of etching or anything
 
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