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Old 08-27-2005, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default Stupid "girl question" of the year

No offense to the women out there who actually know their way around an engine...

How does one clean an engine? All that stuff under the hood -- isn't it dangerous to be spraying water with all those electrical connections? I always see the "engine" cleaner at the car wash but never know how it works, if you're supposed to rinse it off after, etc... So...once and for all...instructions please....

Also taking suggestions for the best car wax. We get this pollen here in the spring that sticks to the car and even after waxing yesterday I still see that darn pollen.

Many thanks.
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Old 08-27-2005, 02:54 PM   #2
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We get this pollen here in the spring that sticks to the car and even after waxing yesterday I still see that darn pollen.

Many thanks.
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where are you at for it to just now be spring?
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:11 PM   #3
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When cleaning my engine bay I use a pressure washer for the areas around the engine, on the tranny and downpipe (when the car is cool) and use a degreaser and a toothbrush to scrub everything else down and use a garden hose to rinse the stuff off.. then shine up the plastics with some dressings and you're good. As for what to avoid, someone else can give you a better idea I just try to avoid wires

For wax, this is a favorite
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:13 PM   #4
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i never put a hose to my engine...i usually only have dust..and i clean it up with a microfiber


NXT is ok wax..it has cleaners in it though...its deff not the best

www.autopia.org <all the cleaning and detailing info you need!
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:49 PM   #5
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Ok, so I haven't cleaned my car well since spring. Just a casual wash, here and there, which doesn't get it all off, even with a hand towel dry.

The engine hasn't been cleaned for a long time. Maybe never
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:53 PM   #6
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i dont spray my engine either, i use a air compressor and get as much dust and stuff out as i can then clean as much as my hand and brushes can reach. I order all my tools from autopia awesome site...
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:54 PM   #7
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Been cleaning engine bays of many different cars with a hose for years. I have not had one problem because of it.
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Old 08-27-2005, 03:58 PM   #8
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Is there anyone who knows anything about converting 05 Sti to a Right hand drive? Is it possible/worth it?
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Old 08-27-2005, 04:00 PM   #9
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Old 08-27-2005, 04:03 PM   #10
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^^ where the #^%$ did that come from?

anyway... just dont spray anything on wires of into the air intake, you should be fine.
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Old 08-27-2005, 04:07 PM   #11
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Try to clean something like this with an air hose and a few wipes.
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Old 08-27-2005, 04:17 PM   #12
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Nice hyjack...at least you didn't start a new thread
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Old 08-27-2005, 04:17 PM   #13
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No offense to the women out there who actually know their way around an engine...

How does one clean an engine? All that stuff under the hood -- isn't it dangerous to be spraying water with all those electrical connections? I always see the "engine" cleaner at the car wash but never know how it works, if you're supposed to rinse it off after, etc... So...once and for all...instructions please....

Also taking suggestions for the best car wax. We get this pollen here in the spring that sticks to the car and even after waxing yesterday I still see that darn pollen.

Many thanks.
Jen
is this a joke? you know how to use Vbulletin but you dont know how to spray your engine bay with a hose? and you are supposed to clean the car BEFORE you wax.


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Is there anyone who knows anything about converting 05 Sti to a Right hand drive? Is it possible/worth it?
where did that come from? its possible but its so not worth it....



edit for tactical nuke: i call bs

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Old 08-27-2005, 04:21 PM   #14
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is this a joke? you know how to use Vbulletin but you dont know how to spray your engine bay with a hose? and you are supposed to clean the car BEFORE you wax.




where did that come from? its possible but its so not worth it....
Where'd that come from? You've lived this long and don't know how to respect people?

Stop talking immediately.

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Old 08-27-2005, 04:24 PM   #15
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That was his first post guys. Correct him and let it be.
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Old 08-27-2005, 04:56 PM   #16
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http://www.autopia.org/
http://www.autopia.org/
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just go here and avoid the Nabisco abuse lol
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Old 08-27-2005, 05:12 PM   #17
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Your engine bay is water resistant, not water proof. You can get a little water on all the bits in there with no problems. Give it a light squirt once you wash it down with the engine cleaner of your choice and it will be fine. I use Gunk, although my car is so clean under the hood it doesn't need much more than a wet cloth wipe down from time to time.

You can't go wrong with Zymol car wax.

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Old 08-27-2005, 05:29 PM   #18
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is this a joke? you know how to use Vbulletin but you dont know how to spray your engine bay with a hose? and you are supposed to clean the car BEFORE you wax.

Yeah that was uncalled for.....What the hell is wrong with you guys flaming people all the time? She even appologized for the silly question in the post.....and it isnt that bad of a question, i have seen far worse.
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Old 08-27-2005, 05:29 PM   #19
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The worst hijack attempt evar! You're gonna need a smoother transition than that dude.
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Old 08-27-2005, 05:30 PM   #20
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The worst hijack attempt evar! You're gonna need a smoother transition than that dude.
yeah that one threw me for a loop.........

Len, ya need to either search or start your own thread buddy.
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Old 08-27-2005, 05:48 PM   #21
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I've sprayed an engine with a hose. Try to avoid areas where wires connect...but it doesn't matter that much. The most important thing to remember is to make sure the engine is cool. If you spray it just after turning it off, the sudden contraction from going super hot to cold can crack it. As far as spraying the engine itself...GO TO TOWN! It is air tight (otherwise the engine would not work right).

A buddy of mine works on electric lifts and such, and I have seem his use a hose to clean corrosion off a battery, while it was on the car, then started the car.

Meguires NXT is a good wax, but it does not last very long.
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Old 08-27-2005, 05:50 PM   #22
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Here's what I know, from detailing cars.

Pollen? best use clay magic. Same goes for tree sap. If it's hardened it won't work, and it could have eaten through the clearcoat.
Wax? the harder the wax, the longer the waxing intervals. Carnaruba or carnaruba-based waxes are best, under my opinion.
Engine washing:
I washed engines for several years, as part of the detailing job. The dangerous part is where you spray the engine cleaner and you let it sit for 30 seconds. One car that a guy sprayed almost caught fire (engine cleaners are oil-based and flammable most of the times).
The thing is that the cleaners that are deteregent based (and therefore non-flammable) can attack hot aluminum components under the hood and give an oxidated look.
Whitewall cleaner by example works good on inner fender but stains any hot aluminum piece.
Much better results are obtained if you use a powerwasher than if you use a hose. We used to always clean engines while running.
Theoretically that is supposed to be very bad, this or that can crack because of temperature differences.
I fully agree with this theory and was waiting to actually crack something, to show to the owners of the business what idiots they were. Unfortunately, after 2 years of powerwashing anything from Cadillac to Isuzu trooper, to jetta etc, nothing ever did crack, despite my best efforts. Not even a hot exhaust manifold.

You should avoid the coilpack areas, on the sides of the engine. If you spray them and the engine dies, or runs rough, don't worry too much, it suffices to unplug, dry up and it's back to normal.
Many cars used to run rough after having their engines washed. The best solution is to let them idle for a while and the heat under hood will dry everything and it's back to normal.
The best engine cleaner is the one in a spray can, that after spraying , foams up.
The engine cleaner, however, can stain the fenders if it drips on them, so be careful, make sure fenders are wet.
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Old 08-27-2005, 05:51 PM   #23
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I've sprayed an engine with a hose. Try to avoid areas where wires connect...but it doesn't matter that much. The most important thing to remember is to make sure the engine is cool. If you spray it just after turning it off, the sudden contraction from going super hot to cold can crack it. As far as spraying the engine itself...GO TO TOWN! It is air tight (otherwise the engine would not work right).

A buddy of mine works on electric lifts and such, and I have seem his use a hose to clean corrosion off a battery, while it was on the car, then started the car.

Meguires NXT is a good wax, but it does not last very long.
Water by itself is a pretty poor conductor. It's when you get hard water that it beccomes a better conductor.

Pool water will conduct very well due to high ion concentrations. Tap water in general will not conduct very well due to low ion concentration.
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Old 08-27-2005, 06:03 PM   #24
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I use Simply Green and a brush. Afterwards I light rinse with a hose. It works pretty well.
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Old 08-27-2005, 08:50 PM   #25
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Wow, where'd all you people come from? Thanks so much for all the input. I'm not feeling it was such a stupid question after all given all the differing views on how to do the job right.

As for this guy:

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"is this a joke? you know how to use Vbulletin but you dont know how to spray your engine bay with a hose? and you are supposed to clean the car BEFORE you wax."
.....there's one on every list, so unhappy in his own skin that he spends his days trolling the world for an angry fix. Sweetheart, a few things you should know: 1) I self-depricate in jest, I'm not really one of those women that men like you zero in on because you know they'll make easy targets, and 2) I wouldn't hose down any other device involving electricity without asking a few questions first. You might be willing to spray water on "whatever needs washin'" but I'd be more than willing to bet that your gene pool lost more than a few of it's contributors to that kind of reasoning. I don't consider, or need, my '93 Impreza to be a museum quality showpiece. Honestly, the A/C just died and my stereo was just stolen so there almost seems to be no point in even washing the damn thing at this point.

Many thanks for the link to the other autosite and all the great car wax info. And yes, my engine looks like the photo! Ha. Yikes.... I was sick for a few decades with mercury toxicity and the condition of my car's finish was the least of my concerns. I definitely owe it a little TLC at this point.

Thanks again everyone!
Jen

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