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Old 07-27-2011, 07:36 PM   #1
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Default Any Tips on Cleaning an Engine

I have a 2006 WRX and everything under the hood is stock except for an SPT intake.

What would be the best (most efficient, cheapest, safest etc.) way to clean the engine....it is quite dirty.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:28 PM   #3
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what I did was sprayed degreaser on the engine (avoid the alternator, and also avoid the intake if you are using the cone filter) and then water-hosed it all down. looked new after that. you can probably dilute the degreaser a bit with some water, i just used straight degreaser.

you have an 06 which is still pretty new so i doubt you need to do any scrubbing.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:16 PM   #4
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Take it out of the car.........

Find someone or some place with a steam pressure washer. Soak it down with Simple Green or a fairly heavy duty grease cutting liquid via spray bottle. Then have at it with the steam washer. Put 1-2 spoon fulls of Dawn or another good dish soap in the water to help cut the grease-oil, then finish up with clean water/steam. Let it sit for as long as possible B4 starting to be sure all harness and plugs are dry.

If you can pull off the TMIC remove battery before cleaning .....it will make things way easyer
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:28 PM   #5
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^That's overkill if he has an 06. He can probably do a 75/25 mix simple green and water and still be able to make it look like new.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:04 AM   #6
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use good engine degreaser and spray it on the dirty parts. but cover the distributors with plastic bag allow the degreaser for few minutes and use regular hose. use the sponge and small brush to clean dirty area. and wash it away you see your engine is clean.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:01 AM   #7
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use good engine degreaser and spray it on the dirty parts. but cover the distributors with plastic bag allow the degreaser for few minutes and use regular hose. use the sponge and small brush to clean dirty area. and wash it away you see your engine is clean.
Distributors? Really?
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:39 AM   #8
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e85 works wonders..... I never said it'd be safe while the engine is still in the car however.
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