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Old 09-16-2004, 04:44 PM   #1
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No idea on how the stuff got there.. Just build over time I guess. Anybody reccommend a good cleaning product for this? Thanks.







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Old 09-16-2004, 04:46 PM   #2
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Most popular choices on here are Simple Green the engine bay first, let it soak, and then rinse.

I use Simple Green first and then hit it with my steamer
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Old 09-16-2004, 04:50 PM   #3
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Where can I get thta stuff from?
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Old 09-16-2004, 04:54 PM   #4
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Wal-Mart, Target, or any automotive parts store. Some have also reported that Orange-scented Degreasers work just as well too. You basically want a degreaser formula to help rid of that nasty stuff...
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Old 09-16-2004, 05:03 PM   #5
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walmart beware, simple green smells horrible. I much prefer one of the other degreasers...
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Old 09-16-2004, 05:07 PM   #6
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walmart beware, simple green smells horrible. I much prefer one of the other degreasers...
I too hate the smell of the original Simple Green, but a couple of weeks ago I picked up some yellow colored Simple Green (lemon I think) and it is about a million times better smelling than the other crap. Works great. Nothing like a blingin' engine bay!

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Old 09-16-2004, 05:09 PM   #7
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nICHE! I'll have to check it out. The old stuff just effs with my nose and makes me feel sick.
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Old 09-16-2004, 05:17 PM   #8
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where you get that at mt?
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Old 09-16-2004, 05:29 PM   #9
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Simple green doesnt damage any of the surfaces under the hood? I know it ruins pretty much everything else.

I would be cautious when doing it...

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Old 09-16-2004, 06:14 PM   #10
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where you get that at mt?
I think it was at Target...

yadant, I know exactly what you are saying! Just something about the fake pine or whatever it is supposed to be that walks the borderline of putrid, and tolerable. I hate it...

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Old 09-16-2004, 06:56 PM   #11
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So is simple green not safe to use then?
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Old 09-16-2004, 06:59 PM   #12
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simple green is fine to use - i use it on all of my scoobs.. never had an issue.. yet.

it's non toxic

and hey...
I LIKE THE SMELL OF SIMPLE GREEN so back off okay????!
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Old 09-16-2004, 08:24 PM   #13
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Old 09-16-2004, 09:31 PM   #14
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sg, that smilie ROCKS.
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Old 09-16-2004, 09:34 PM   #15
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I got some foaming simple green made for car car in a spray can? Is it save to use under the hood, and on certains parts of engine? Like intake manifold?
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Old 09-16-2004, 09:47 PM   #16
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Subie gal says so... so it must be.

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Old 09-16-2004, 10:24 PM   #17
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i just used it to take 13 years of grime off of my nissan's engine bay, the key is to (as other people said) is to put it in, let it soak, then rinse it off.

and i too like the smell.
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Old 09-16-2004, 10:47 PM   #18
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its perfectly safe.


i work at a carwash we use simple green for tons of stuf including carpet, engine bay, deep interior cleaning, and more.



just spray her down and rinse. For a like new look spray tire shine over all rubber and black surfaces for an awsoem look.
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Old 09-17-2004, 09:08 AM   #19
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are there any precautions to take while doing this? Last time I did this to my older scooby the thing ran like **** afterwards. There was water in the plugs/boots . what should I cover up/look out for??
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Old 09-17-2004, 09:50 AM   #20
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yea, what exactly should i make sure to cover ie: alternater, my aftermarket intake tmic etc ?
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Old 09-17-2004, 10:09 AM   #21
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I swear theres a carwash topic every week.

My car has 52k on it and I don't cover ANYTHING... just dont be a friggen moron and spray your alternator for 5 minutes with a high pressure washer. I have cleaned over 100 engines and never covered a damn thing and they all came out nice and clean with no problems.

Make sure your engine is warm so the grease and gunk will loosen up easier.
Hopefully you end up something like this: (old picture)

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Old 09-17-2004, 12:18 PM   #22
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damn that is clean

Mine is pretty dirty and needs a good cleaning.

Simple green is the way to go?
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Old 09-17-2004, 12:18 PM   #23
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Wow, really clean engine bay. I too use simple green, I also use meguiars nxt rubber protectant on the hoses and black parts, really looks clean when done.
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Old 09-17-2004, 12:54 PM   #24
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2k2.. THat clean just after a powerwashing? What method do you use?
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Old 09-17-2004, 01:16 PM   #25
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mmm... simple green. Works great, in fact, I need to wash by engine bay soon too.
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