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Washing Engine

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself Articles - How To's & Product Revie' started by WhtThndr3, May 16, 2008.

  1. WhtThndr3

    WhtThndr3 Yeah, I'm that guy

    Anybody got any got idears on washing the dust out of my engine bay. I've seen the engine cleaners in the wash bays, but have always been a little skeptical.
  2. WanaDmax

    WanaDmax New Member

    May 4, 2008
    Pleasanton, CA
    i put some engine oil on a rag and got the plastic, non heated parts with that, and for the metal items, or the ones that get hot, just wipe it with water :wink5:
  3. BudTX

    BudTX Edjumacated Redneck

    I cover the ECM and other obvious electronics with a plastic bag, and then spray everything liberally with Simple Green. I them wash it down with a garden hose, and wipe dry.
  4. Mr Baadboy

    Mr Baadboy New Member

    May 16, 2008
    Springfield Tn
    Motor Bay Cleanliness

  5. Railer24

    Railer24 New Member

    May 20, 2008
    Hesston, Kansas
    I tried the engine cleaner at the carwash. My car made it 3 blocks before it died. Water shorted out the Electronic Spark Control Sensor($34) on my 87' Trans am.
    Definatley cover the electronics.
  6. got-h2o

    got-h2o HillBilly Pimp

    May 10, 2008
    NW Indiana
    I've always popped the hood on my vehicles at the car wash and blasted away. I watch out for the alternator (still hit it but not constant) or cover the cold air intake, but other than that I don't worry about it and have never had a problem. Heck, that's how I used to know I needed a dist. cap or plug wires in my older cars!! Most are scared to do it, but it's not much different than driving down the expressway in the rain. Newer vehicles electronics are pretty insulated these days. Thats how they do it at the dealers and detail shops most of the time.

    I'll probably get some naysayers to my response, but I honestly do it nearly every wash on all of the 30 some odd vehicles I've owned and never once had a single issue doing so. When I was a youngster, there were times where I would completely submerge a truck off roading and as long as it got air to breathe, it would stay running. That's with the fan blasting water all over the place.
  7. MEEKO

    MEEKO Recruit

    May 9, 2008
    The Great State Of TEXAS
    Same with me on all my cars since I was a kid. Never had any problems. Simple green and pressure washer.
  8. mojoe01

    mojoe01 Duramax Geek

    May 10, 2008
    Winter Garden, FL
    Simple green works great, but you don't need to do that every time you wash in there. I usually use some of the leftover soapy water and and older sponge to hand wash all the dust off the visible plastic parts in the engine bay.

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