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Johns HEMI 2500 12-17-2009 05:18 PM

Engine Detailing
I was wondering what products you guys use for detailing your engines.What parts have to be covered on a Hemi

MightyBlueRam 12-17-2009 09:28 PM

If you search on youtube you can find videos of guys showing how they detail engines. I've never done the full deal like they do because it makes me nervous to drench the engine compartment with the amount of water they do. They say to spray wd-40 on anything electrical because it repels water. I'd much rather just wipe things down.

GPSHSLAX 01-21-2010 06:26 AM

I've done it because I had oil on everything after my filter gasket blew out.

Mask off the fuse box, alternator, and computer at least. I used gunk foaming degreaser. Spray it on a warm (not hot) engine and let it stand out 15 minutes. Hose everything down thuroughly but don't get carried away. Let drip dry about 15 minutes before starting the engine.

MightyBlueRam 01-21-2010 08:57 AM

Just curious, why do you think your filter gasket blew and how did you notice?

chithead 01-21-2010 09:05 AM

I have been in this habit for years now and have had ZERO issues. Lightly hose down the engine compartment and motor with water, use a rag to wipe off any built up debris, than I lightly hose it off again. With EVERYTHING still wet, I liberally spray Armor All on the motor, air cleaner, fuse box, brake booster, radiator, battery, everything. Shut the hood. Then wash the rest of the truck. When done, open up the hood and tell me if it doesn't look brand new. Next time you do it, that Armor All is still on there and makes it easier to wipe right up. Just my method though.

I mist, wipe, mist, spray, and walk away :)

GPSHSLAX 01-21-2010 12:40 PM


Originally Posted by lamateo76 (Post 141464)
Just curious, why do you think your filter gasket blew and how did you notice?

It's actually a very long story, and you can read all about in the links below, but bottom line was the shop I had the oil change done at double gasketed the filter and the gasket failed catastrophically. I blew all the oil out of the engine and into the fan in about 30 seconds. The result was oil all over everything in the engine compartment. I even had to replace the hood mat.

MightyBlueRam 01-21-2010 01:48 PM

Thanks for links. I remember Tom mentioning that there was a problem with the oil filter being double gasketed, but I didn't know this happened to you. Somehow I missed your thread.

hemi05 01-22-2010 02:27 AM

So you don't cover anything chithead?

MightyBlueRam 01-22-2010 10:52 AM

I saw one video that said to cover the alternator with a plastic bag. But I saw another one that the guy sprayed wd40 over anything electrical before spraying the water.

GPSHSLAX 01-23-2010 11:45 AM

I had a mechanic at a dealerhsip tell me that you can short stuff out if you flood the alternator (enough water to bridge the copper coil with other parts in the generator) but you have to almost submerge it to make that happen. Basicly he said it won't hurt it get it wet, but don't blast it with the hose on high power. Just a gentle spray to clean it off. That probably goes for everything in there. Just don't get carried away with the hose.

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