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Old 07-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #76
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I always use simple green and depending on the surface either a wash rag or a scotch brite pad
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:45 PM   #77
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So it turned out great.




Then I hear a loud bang while sleeping Sunday morning. FML
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:55 PM   #78
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Ah man that sucks ^
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:49 PM   #79
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I pretty much use a similar combination of what everyone else has posted. A few steps of cleaning products, water, and some elbow grease, fairly frequently, keeps mine clean.


and I usually finish with some compunds or wax on the fmic piping.
Love what you have done... The STi shift knob for the dipstick is freakin genius!
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:33 PM   #80
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I still have a little ways to go but it is about 90% better. I have a small leak on one of the oil breather hoses near the TMIC elbow hose that has been collecting some grime and spraying that elbow also. Since it is chewed up and I found the worm drive clamp on the left side of it, I am replacing it and the clamps with silicone and t-bolt style clamps. All that to say, that I didn't concentrate too much on that area for that reason.

I used Chemical Guys Extreme Orange Heavy Duty Degreaser - Diluted 6 water to 1 degreaser. I used just over 16 oz of that mixture. I did it after letting the engine cool for about 1.5 hours (ambient temp was low 70s).

Next I let it sit for about 15 minutes then busted out the hose and used a fan type spray on a medium pressure not spraying directly into the CAI filter or the alternator.

After letting it dry for about 20 minutes, I hit it with an air hose to make sure I got most of the water out of the nooks and crannies.

Then I brought out CD2 protectant and liberally sprayed everything, minus the alternator and was careful around wiring harness plugs.

I let it sit for for about 15 minutes and then came back and drove it for about 20 minutes. Afterward, I let it sit and cool down for with the hood down while watching a movie for an hour and a half. I opened it up and lightly wiped some of the hoses, battery and fuse box and alternator/pulley cover.

I have to say that I am very impressed with both products and will be repeating the process on the hood when I get some more time.




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Old 07-28-2013, 01:04 PM   #81
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^wow, that came out awesome. Getting the bpv and tmic clean is such a pain in the ass but you nailed it. Awesome
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:45 PM   #82
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They have a good steam cleaner at harbor freight tools just for that
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:32 PM   #83
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They have a good steam cleaner at harbor freight tools just for that
'Good' and 'Harbor Freight' aren't often seen in the same sentence unless 'not' is also in there.

Okay, seriously, hb is one of the few places I buy the extended warranty that way I know I'll have a tool for a year or so. Hb is best for tools as long a your job doesn't depend on them, if you just need for a few projects.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:43 PM   #84
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'Good' and 'Harbor Freight' aren't often seen in the same sentence unless 'not' is also in there.

Okay, seriously, hb is one of the few places I buy the extended warranty that way I know I'll have a tool for a year or so. Hb is best for tools as long a your job doesn't depend on them, if you just need for a few projects.
I would say a good 50% of my toolbox has come from harbor freight and only a couple of things have let me down so far. Those I immediately returned for refund. I have air tools, hand tools, power tools all from there. Everything works great. Just stay away from their snap-ring pliers.

As for cleaning the engine bay, I use Simple Green Extreme after having the regular simple green turn all the aluminum white. The extreme is safe on basically everything. I scrub with various brushes, but a paint brush is great at getting into the hard to reach spots. Spray it down with distilled water in a squirt bottle and blow it off with the air hose. Then wax all the painted and powder coated items.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:54 PM   #85
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I covered the alternator and Maf sensor. Sprayed everyone with simple green and wiped the hard stuff with a brush. Sprayed it with the hose. Came out looking like new
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:11 PM   #86
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I've always used scrubbing bubbles. Spray the engine down. Cover everything with scrubbing bubbles. Wait 5-10 minutes. Scrub extra dirty areas that could use a little help. Hose it off. Dry. Apply dressing. Works great every time.
I second that, I always use an air compressor to blow out my electrical connections but scrubbing bubbles works great!! I wish I would of used it years ago, it saves so much elbow grease
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:35 PM   #87
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So it turned out great.




Then I hear a loud bang while sleeping Sunday morning. FML
what kinda strut is that?
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:42 PM   #88
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what kinda strut is that?
No name. Still works the same.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:22 PM   #89
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I honestly like to use degreaser and high pressure water, then i go back and clean the rest by hand
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:19 PM   #90
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i need this bad.....
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:01 PM   #91
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I appreciate the tips and layout of steps included in this thread. This is the first vehicle I have cared abou cleaning under the hood and will give it its' first under the hood bath this weekend. (car is 5 weeks old)
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:04 PM   #92
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I appreciate the tips and layout of steps included in this thread. This is the first vehicle I have cared abou cleaning under the hood and will give it its' first under the hood bath this weekend. (car is 5 weeks old)
Your engine bay is dirty after only 5 weeks?
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:28 PM   #93
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I need to clean mine bad too. But all of the parts like the Intercooler and idk the piece on top of the engine (god I sound dumb) but they just look so dirty. Not sure what happened to them over the years but they are less then pretty

Ill just upload a pic






She could use a little loving

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Old 08-29-2013, 06:47 PM   #94
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I think you mean oxidized and that piece is the intake manifold.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:18 PM   #95
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I think you mean oxidized and that piece is the intake manifold.
Dammit I was close. I had anodized. Then looked it up and it was like a coating over something. So I edited. Lol. How would one clean that after the years of oxidizing. I've tried before. Didnt scratch the surface.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:44 PM   #96
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:53 PM   #97
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Just got a bottle.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:05 PM   #98
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Just got a bottle.
I am going to have to get one too. Post your results. We have your before shots.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:47 PM   #99
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You got it! where's your before shots!?
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:01 AM   #100
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You got it! where's your before shots!?
Post number 80 of this thread shows my before and after. :-)
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