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Old 04-10-2002, 11:36 AM   #1
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I have some spray on engine cleaner solution but if I want to hose down my engine bay, need advice on which parts do i need to plastic baggy and prevent from getting wet?

Here's a photo of my engine bay for reference. If you could point out and/or circle/photoshop that would help. Thanks



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Old 04-10-2002, 12:52 PM   #2
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I've never done it but I've read up on it for when the time comes. So here it goes.
I've been told you only need to cover the alternator. But I would cover the fuse box and any other electrical clips.
Make sure you warm your car first. It doesn't have to be fully warmed up but warm (to brake up grease). Then use warm water. Make sure the water isn't ice cold or you'll crack your block. I'd do it during the summer cause usually the hose water is warmer or power washer water is usually warm too but I would watch how close you get because I've heard you could actually get water in your wires and cause all kinds of problems.
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Old 04-10-2002, 01:07 PM   #3
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i've never done anything other than open the hood and spray it down...

I just spray it down w/ the hose and then spray some purple power on... and then wash that off with the hose
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Old 04-10-2002, 01:21 PM   #4
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Can you really crack your block by spraying cold water on a warmed up engine???
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Old 04-10-2002, 01:35 PM   #5
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it's possible I guess... I've done it before (without thinking about the possibility of it cracking)
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Old 04-10-2002, 01:40 PM   #6
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But don't some people w/small high powered engines put ice on there block after a 1/4 mile run? Maybe I'm mistaken.
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Old 04-10-2002, 02:21 PM   #7
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Some people put ice in there to keep things cool... I've never seen anyone put it on the block before... Usually the intake or the intercooler, or the radiator... You CAN crack the block w/ ice cold water on a hot engine, but I think that would be more of an exception than a rule...
I don't cover anything when I wash my engine... just don't use high pressure on the hoses, wires, or any electrical connection... try to keep it out of the intake...
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Old 04-10-2002, 02:54 PM   #8
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Its a good idea to go ahead and cover the alternator. As far as anything else I wouldnt worry about it, just don't spray the high pressure wash on wires and connections.

I've done that many a times and never had any problems. I just stick a bigass ziploc or grocery bag over the alternator.
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Old 04-10-2002, 03:11 PM   #9
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looks like i'll be picking up a garden hose soon, thanks guys

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Old 04-10-2002, 09:16 PM   #10
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I use engine bright foaming cleaner on my R/C cars and my fishing reels cause it eats every piece of dirt. Any body use theses types of products on thier subes? If not, could anyone recomend some type of soaps?
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Old 04-10-2002, 10:39 PM   #11
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I recently cleaned/detailed my engine compartment using cd-2 Engine Detailing Kit or something like that... I think I have a scan somewhere. It comes in 2 cans and is a two-step dealie. The first can is the cleaner, then you use the second can which makes everything nice and shiny. I got it for about $5.00 from Target and there's at least one application left (maybe two). I think it works pretty well and have no complaints



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Old 04-10-2002, 10:50 PM   #12
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ooooo pretty

I guess a trip to targè is in order for me!

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 04-10-2002, 11:07 PM   #13
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Your accent is grave when it should be accoute.
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Old 04-10-2002, 11:32 PM   #14
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whats the difference?
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Old 04-11-2002, 12:39 AM   #15
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i've always used a powerwasher. it doesnt hurt anything as long as you keep it far enough away. i have never covered the alternator, and i have never had a problem.
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Old 04-11-2002, 01:35 AM   #16
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The difference between the two accents is the pronunciation. I usually just hose down my engine bay, my engine never seems to get too dirty, so it is pretty easy to clean.

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Old 04-11-2002, 02:04 AM   #17
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i wash mine every time i wash my car, i just spray it off i never cover anything.
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Old 04-11-2002, 02:19 AM   #18
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er... you dont have to plastic baggie anything but...

i've been told by many mechanics NOT to use pressurized water.

Most people ive talked to used green stuff or some other de-greaser and then just let a garden hose rinse it off... no pressure though.. just let it drip.. remember your whole engine gets wet anyways when you drive in rain.. just no pressurized water
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Old 04-11-2002, 01:00 PM   #19
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I just wipe it down with Greenstuff. Mine is never super dirty though. It helps if you garage your car.

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Old 04-11-2002, 04:42 PM   #20
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Thanks guys i used a bottle of green stuff and hosed down my engine bay. Looks great. I did plastic baggy my alternator and Battery cover but I probably didn't need to do that since i did the washing and home and left my hood up for a couple of hours which helped to dry it off. Its not immaculate but looks a hell of a lot cleaner now.

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Old 04-12-2002, 02:50 AM   #21
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what is this green stuff u guys keep talking about???
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Old 04-12-2002, 03:25 AM   #22
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I think they mean Simple Green spray
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AH....Thanx
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Old 04-13-2002, 01:42 AM   #24
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My brother-in-law used to detail cars and this is what he told me to do. It works very good. Take your car to DIY car wash and spray the engine with the high pressure hot water. Do not use anything but water and don't focus too much on the electrical stuff. While the engine is wet, spray the whole engine bay with Armour All, especially the plastic and rubber. Drive around and let the engine cook some of the water/armour all off. Finally, wipe the excess drips off of everything. It will shine for a couple of weeks and repell dust.
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Old 04-13-2002, 05:40 AM   #25
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Feeling lazy, I didn't feel like covering any part of my engine when I went to clean it. I just popped open the hood and sprayed my engine down left to right. The engine came out nice and clean and started back up with no CELs or any problems on the sort. You shouldn't have to cover your alternator, well unless for some reason you put the nosle directly on the alternator and soak it down for some unknown reason.

Some car washes have engine degreasers, those work well to, but as far as I am concerned, nothing like H2O.
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