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Old 08-02-2009, 02:25 PM   #26
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how often do you guys clean ur engines?
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:31 PM   #27
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You guys have inspired me to finally clean under the hood on my cars. Mine really look like crap compared to these.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:34 PM   #28
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how often do you guys clean ur engines?
If you clean it once and apply a nice protectant/sealer to the bigger plastic parts, it should last quite a long time. Like I said in my post above yours, it has been 5 months and I don't to anything more than a quick wipe down after washing the car. Looks just as clean as when I was finished going all out.

So at the rate I'm going, looks like I might need to clean it once a year... maybe longer?
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:56 PM   #29
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I'm really lazy about it. I don't cover anything, but I make sure not to drawn electrical components.

1) Cheapest degreaser I can find, and spray liberally.

2) Rinse with gardening bottle, you know those ones that look like pesticide jugs the exterminator carrys. I originally got it for autox to spray down the tires after hot runs. I fill that with water. You can buy one for liek $10. The spray has enough pressure to get the dirt off, but controllable so you don't soak electronics.

3) Hit everything I want to shine with CD2 engine detailing finish. I've had the same can for like 5 yrs.

I only do this like 1x a year. Engine looks new when I'm done, and all the plastics have a nice gloss. Also bonus, CD2 directions say to run the engine for 20mins after application for set-in. I typically just take a few runs around the neighborhood...steam bellows out of the hoodscoop. The looks from ppl are hilarious.
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:37 PM   #30
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Good info. I need to clean the hood insulation soon.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:53 PM   #31
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What does everyone use on the WRX intake manifold (aluminium)??
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:14 PM   #32
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Simple Green that's all. I wash the engine about every other time I wash the car and have been since I bought it in '03. The only thing I cover up is the breather filter on the air/oil separator.

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Old 08-05-2009, 04:32 PM   #33
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I use Simple Green, and an engine detailer called "CD2". It basically makes all your plastic and rubber look new, turns dull to shiny. I definitely recommend it.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:48 PM   #34
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I don't use Armour All on any exterior parts. I use this instead on my tires and ground effects as I still have them in ABS black.



Simply spray and forget or wipe away for a faster shine. Non sticky and it doesn't attract dirt like Armour All.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:06 PM   #35
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I don't use Armour All on any exterior parts. I use this instead on my tires and ground effects as I still have them in ABS black.



Simply spray and forget or wipe away for a faster shine. Non sticky and it doesn't attract dirt like Armour All.
That is an Armor-All product
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:30 PM   #36
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I don't use Armour All on any exterior parts. I use this instead on my tires and ground effects as I still have them in ABS black.



Simply spray and forget or wipe away for a faster shine. Non sticky and it does attract dirt like Armour All.
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That is an Armor-All product
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:31 AM   #37
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Some people also use WD40 instead of Armor All.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:35 AM   #38
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Some people also use WD40 instead of Armor All.
....and some people use neither.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:18 PM   #39
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I wash mine at car wash with pressure washer.
Leave car running cover intake if you have aftermarket and just spray everything down=]

havent had any problems with it and done it quite a few times works great for me.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:36 PM   #40
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Simple Green FTW i tried it after seeing this thread and it works wonders
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:50 PM   #41
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any problem with water finding its way into fuel injector areas?
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:37 AM   #42
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I just washed my engine bay with degreaser - I covered alternator/battery/MAF sensors with food wrap.

I went for 15 min drive afterward and car threw low oil pressure light. Think it will go away after a few days.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:12 AM   #43
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I just washed my engine bay with degreaser - I covered alternator/battery/MAF sensors with food wrap.

I went for 15 min drive afterward and car threw low oil pressure light. Think it will go away after a few days.
Did you checked your oil?
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:11 AM   #44
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yes it's at FULL
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:50 PM   #45
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Did you checked your oil?
if i remember correctly the oil pressure sensor is under the alternator, dont quote me on this though. Maybe be something is wrong with the sensor?

EDIT: here is a picture of it on a older model
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:37 PM   #46
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so would you not recomend getting it steam cleaned at a detail garage?
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:06 PM   #47
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At self wash;
Engine de-greaser, high pressure soap, engine de-greaser, let sit.
High pressure rinse, high pressure soap, high pressure rinse, spot free rinse.
Towel dry, then drive home.

From this:


To this:



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Old 11-03-2009, 07:22 PM   #48
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I just washed my engine bay with degreaser - I covered alternator/battery/MAF sensors with food wrap.

I went for 15 min drive afterward and car threw low oil pressure light. Think it will go away after a few days.
Water got in the connection most likely. Heard of it happening before. Dry it out and you should be fine.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:42 PM   #49
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Personally, I've never had any issues with hosing down the engines on both our '08 Forester and my '03 WRX. Most of the sensitive areas/components in your bay are water resistant and are generally protected by design, gaskets, etc. If your intake is stock, there is really nothing to worry about in that respect. Just use a little common sense when rinsing (i.e. don't shoot a strong stream of water into sensitive looking areas, etc.). In my case, the nozzle I have has a variety of selections. I find the "shower" setting provides enough pressure and volume to rinse away any soap/cleaner while keeping the risk low for water seeping into areas I donít want it to go. ....keep in mind however that vehicle age, particular layouts, modifications, etc. may be factors in whether or not you decide to cover certain areas. Also, there is nothing wrong with taking extra precautions. If you feel the need to do so, then donít hesitate to cover the sensitive areas.

Below are a couple shots of my '03. I typically wash with Meguiars APC+ (diluted 4:1) and use a variety of detail brushes I have on hand to agitate/scrub (soft nylon & boars hair). After a final rinse I use a leaf blower (again, using a little common sense & caution) to help chase off some of the water followed by a towel to wick up whatever is left (to prevent water spots). My last step is to dress the plastics, hoses and rubber trim pieces. ....typically with 303:

That is a seriously clean engine dude.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:52 PM   #50
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So I would be safe in washing out the engine bay then I guess. I'm still leery about putting water near electrical components, but I guess they are sealed from the elements anyway.
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