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Old 11-18-2001, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default How do you clean your engine?

My engine bay is really dirty, and the parts are too. What is the best process to clean the engine and bay? Is it normal car washing solution and a scrub brush? Pressure wash? It seems that you would definitely need a chemical to clean the bay with, but I would want to use one that didn't damage any of the rubber or plastic. I'd like to check the oil on the car without getting a dirty hand every time.

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Old 11-18-2001, 03:36 PM   #2
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The easiest way is getting your car professionally cleaned. They usually clean your engine bay too.

Another way is to wait until your engine has cooled down (very important) and just spray it with your garden hose. It should be noted that it's important to clean up oil sitting around your engine. That's the number 1 cause of engine fires.
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Old 11-18-2001, 05:00 PM   #3
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Old 11-18-2001, 05:07 PM   #4
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Old 11-18-2001, 07:40 PM   #5
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lophilip: Thanks for the tip. Would the garden hose rinse off the oil and grease with no chemical additive, or do I need something like a degreaser to go on first?

I ROBOT: Gas fires I'm sure. I used to have an Alfa Romeo Spider (when I was in high school) and it broke a gas line one day. I was young and dumb and has no idea why there was gas all over the windshield and I had gone through 9 gallons of gas in 2 hours. I took the car to my dad and found out I was pretty lucky not to have scorched the car.
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Old 11-18-2001, 07:59 PM   #6
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Spray the engine with Simple Green, scrub with a brush and rinse with a garden hose set to a soft stream. Repeat the process until you're satisfied. There's no need to pressure wash.
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Old 11-18-2001, 09:37 PM   #7
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I want an alfa.
maybe a 1990-93 model, in black or red.
that would be nice.
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Old 11-18-2001, 09:55 PM   #8
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NotoriousWRX: I have a gallon jug, I'm gonna give that a go tomorrow.

I ROBOT: Alfas are sweet. The car is a 74 Spider (in paint right now), and its just a sweet driving machine. Some cars have all the right numbers (horsepower, tire size, whatever), but some cars are so well engineered that driving them is a blast, even if they aren't amazing on paper. Amazing what a car can do with 125hp when handling, gearbox, etc is perfect. These cars are pretty inexpensive, I would recommend one in good shape to anyone.
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Old 11-18-2001, 10:24 PM   #9
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Watch out for undiluted simple green... I tried that in my stealth compartment, and it dulled the shine right out of paint

10:1 ratio of water/sg works well though. Get a couple tooth brushes out if you have grime/oil/grease, as that crap is hard to remove.

CARB cleaner works well too (STP/Gumout), but don't use brake cleaner, it does strange stuff to some things (aluminum, painted surfaces, and others).

PS: never wash a hot or even warm engine, you can crack stuff like exhaust manifolds and turbo housings... don't ask me how I know... ok, back in 93....
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Old 11-19-2001, 01:19 AM   #10
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TRY SANDBLASTING!!
REMOVE ALL NON METAL ITEMS FROM THE ENGINE BAY.
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Old 11-21-2001, 02:53 PM   #11
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But robot... Aren't YOU made of metal?
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Old 11-24-2001, 10:47 AM   #12
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If you clean it good once and then get into the habit of spraying it off every couple of months with a carwash power washer it will always stay clean. I spray mine off every couple of months since the car was new and you can practically eat off of it. I just avoid hitting the alternator, coils, MAF, and electrical looms with the high pressure spray.

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Old 12-07-2001, 06:26 PM   #13
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OK using a garden hose to wash an engine down just freaks me out a bit. I'll be getting alot of electronic things wet like the fuse box.. Has anyone actually done this.? If so let me know maybe i might just try it thanks.
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Old 12-08-2001, 11:29 AM   #14
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I was impressed by what simple green did for me. Its a degreaser though so careful with that axe. Th eonly problem I had was a loss of Lube at the clutch linkage and slave. It was clicking on downshifts so I brought it to Pilgrim Sube (those guys rock) and they gave a really quick lube spray to the linkage and its gone. My engine loos new now just gotta keep after it. Its simple and its green.

Or sand blast!
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Old 12-08-2001, 02:40 PM   #15
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Old 12-09-2001, 02:56 PM   #16
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I use carwash soap mixed 50/50 with water in a squirt bottle and go to town spraying. I have tried degreasers with some very bad results. Like simple green will stain the paint and gunk will stain metal.
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Old 12-10-2001, 11:54 PM   #17
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You can take your car back to the subie dealership or maybe even any large autoshop and they will steam clean your engine for $50 - $100. I think thats the easiest way and will get it the cleanest without having to worry about damaging the engine or any parts of it.
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Old 12-11-2001, 10:48 AM   #18
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You can take your car back to the subie dealership or maybe even any large autoshop and they will steam clean your engine for $50 - $100. I think thats the easiest way and will get it the cleanest without having to worry about damaging the engine or any parts of it.
Also, the dealer (or car wash, for that matter) has oil/grease traps that keep the oily scum from your engine from being washed into your city drainage system. Remember, nothing just "goes away". If you wash it out of your engine compartment, it's gotta go somewhere.

Please clean your engine at a car wash or have it done. Let's all try to keep our oil OUT of the groundwater.

Thanks!

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Old 12-11-2001, 04:54 PM   #19
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Old 12-12-2001, 11:11 PM   #20
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Lightbulb ....Zymol

simple green?? come on guys, it's biodegradeable and cool with the green peace guys but be careful, like someone said earlier, it is a degreaser and there might be some things in the engine compartment that might need the grease. and 50-100 bucks to get a steam clean from the dealer? i agee that steam cleaning works well, but hasn't the dealer gouged you for enough $$$? I would try a product Zymoil has, i think it's call STRIK. it's formulated for cleaning the engine and removing the paraffin coating they use to prevent corrosion when the car's being shipped. also, all of zymol products are made from the best stuff on earth (kinda like snapples. haha) and they smell great too, because they substitute natural oils and acids for the harsh chemical stuff. check their site out, www.zymol.com great info on car care. I swear by their products, because if you FOLLOW THEIR directions using THEIR products, you'll get best results. afterall, wouldnt the manufacturer/chemist know their product the best? try HD cleanse and Zymol Japon wax too, you'll love the results on your car
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Old 12-13-2001, 09:00 AM   #21
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Foamy Engine Bright and then diesel fuel!!! I have done that and my car is still running.... the foamy engine bright is just like carb and brake cleaner and then wait till the foaming stops then rinse it down with diesel fuel! I guess the diesel keeps the crap from sticking again... kinda like WAX i guess! After that just rinse it down with a power washer... wait a couple months and diesel fuel rinse it again!
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Old 12-13-2001, 12:16 PM   #22
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I prefer the toothbrush and a little elbow grease method. Works every time!

(I'll probably take it to the dealer once to steam clean after winter).

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Old 12-18-2001, 02:08 PM   #23
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I bought a can of "Engine Bright" made by "Gunk"
It comes in a white can. It really works well, but Read the Instructions! because if left on rubber too long it can cause it to rot! Also make sure you hose down the engine bay at least twice after.
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Old 12-23-2001, 10:40 PM   #24
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I just cleaned my engine bay today. All it took was a couple of rags and some elbow grease. It also wasn't very dirty in the first place

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Old 12-26-2001, 03:32 PM   #25
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TRY SANDBLASTING!!
REMOVE ALL NON METAL ITEMS FROM THE ENGINE BAY.
you silly bastard!
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