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Old 10-18-2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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Subaru Banner What's a good way to clean under my hood?

my engine and the components are dirty. I was wondering if any one can tell me a good way to clean it. And if there's a good product that is made for exclusively this. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:47 PM   #2
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uh.. I just spray mine down with degreaser and take a pressure washer to it. Then I keep it clean by just wiping it down with a cloth and any kind of light cleaner every other day or so.

Ah, and if you have an SRI obviously be careful with water, and don't target plugs or wires.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:47 PM   #3
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courtesy bump, I would like to know also.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:53 PM   #4
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uh.. I just spray mine down with degreaser and take a pressure washer to it. Then I keep it clean by just wiping it down with a cloth and any kind of light cleaner every other day or so.

Ah, and if you have an SRI obviously be careful with water, and don't target plugs or wires.
do i just spray everything with degreaser or just the metal? do you take it to a car wash and use the pressure washer?
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:55 PM   #5
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+1 I'd like to have a more detailed advice as well.

For example, how careful should I be with the TMIC?
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:57 PM   #6
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do i just spray everything with degreaser or just the metal? do you take it to a car wash and use the pressure washer?
My dad works at a dealership so they have a pressure washer there, but yea you can use one at a carwash. Well, you only need degreaser if everythings really disgusting and then I spray it on solid metal components (be careful with the intake manifold because there is a lot of accessories on it.) I try not to linger too much in there with water but I'd give it a good blast.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:57 PM   #7
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+1 I'd like to have a more detailed advice as well.

For example, how careful should I be with the TMIC?

yea, dont hit that with a pressure washer.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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use simple green then spray with pressure washer
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:23 AM   #9
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what about the alternator is that bad to get wet?
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:35 AM   #10
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what about the alternator is that bad to get wet?
I wouldnt try to drown it but chances are its not gonna die if it gets wet. I know i've sprayed mine a few times.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:40 AM   #11
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Simple green and a tooth brush works for me! and i use cold water with a hose, no nozzle.. slow stream does the trick. and it does not hurt the TMIC to get it wet... otherwise why would there be a scoop..
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simple green eats aluminum
although they supposedly have an aluminum safe version now, but don't know if it's as effective as the original......
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simple green eats aluminum
although they supposedly have an aluminum safe version now, but don't know if it's as effective as the original......
I'll check on the aluminum-safe simple green. Can you guys recommend another good (i.e., safe and effective) degreaser brand to use?
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