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Old 01-21-2009, 10:38 PM   #26
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wow for a bugeye (02-03) that is a super clean engine bay!! Very nice...thx for the tips...looks like they work very well!!
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APC+ is good stuff as well.

As P21S being too expensive I have gotten 5 complete engine details out of my last 1500ml bottle. That is probably at least half of the engine details someone is going to perform on a car through out its life and for 17.95 that isnt bad. Other climates might demand a greater frequency of cleaning, but for my applications it is fine.
....1 gallon of APC+ costs me $16.00. Dilluted at its maximum recommended strength of 4:1, that is a lot of cleaner for the money. 33.8oz/1 liter of P21s TAW (a little over 1/4 the volume of the APC+) is the same amount ($16). ....I only know of the 1 liter and 5 liter sizes (never seen the 1.5 liter).

I use my all purpose cleaners not just for the engine bay on my vehicles but also the wheels, undercarriage, wells, etc. ....not to mention the occassional family member or friend I may help out. That means that I could eat up a bottle of TAW in a couple of months. ....my last bottle of wheel gel only lasted that long (and that was just used on wheels). While they are great products (and work very well), I just don't find that much value in them. In other words, they don't perform better to the point that I feel it justifies the price. ....in my case at least.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:15 PM   #27
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when i was in woodshop alot of people would steam clean their engines but you have to cover up the electrical....but boy does it work good especially on the under carriage.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:55 AM   #28
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I dont cover up anything. I used to pressure wash, that is if I stop and use one at a car wash bay. What I've been doing lately is just using my garden hose w/ shower setting and getting everything wet, then using Meguiar's Degreaser, rinse, then when drying I hit it and wiped it all down with Meguiar's Hyper Dressing 1:1

Pics of my sister's Toyota this last weekend...

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Old 01-22-2009, 10:19 AM   #29
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....looks good Woodward.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:59 PM   #30
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I would like to know the benefit of cleaning your engine bay; outside of appearance. Does it offer any maintenance benefits such as keeping the engine cooler or running more efficiently?
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:07 PM   #31
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I would like to know the benefit of cleaning your engine bay; outside of appearance. Does it offer any maintenance benefits such as keeping the engine cooler or running more efficiently?
Makes it easier to work on, as there wont be as much dirt falling in your eyes. It also makes it easier to spot leaks.. etc.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:19 PM   #32
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Makes it easier to work on, as there wont be as much dirt falling in your eyes. It also makes it easier to spot leaks.. etc.
....aside from aesthetics and a bit of pride in taking care of what I own, those are the same reasons I like to keep my engine, bay, undercarriage, etc. clean as well. Besdies, I do 99% of my own work and really hate working on a dirty vehicle.
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