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I did this once back in the early 90s, and never again. From new on, I simply wipe down everything with a damp rag. I do this at every hand wash. It never gets that dirty. I sometimes apply a dressing to the plastics/rubber. The last time I took a hose under hood, the electrical gremlins started: my wipers would come on by themselves, and I couldn't get them off, etc. Make sure to cover the fuse box and alternator. If it's not too dirty, I'd simply use a wet rag.
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Think about this guys. If you are driving down the road in a downpour even at 45 mph, how much water goes through the radiator and also up under the engine. A lot I'd say so I doubt any water from washing with a hose is going to damage the alternator or get into any electrical connections. Open your hood some time after driving in a heavy rain. Everything under there gets soaked. Air has to go through the radiator so rain will also.

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Sorry if I'm missing something here.....you said you hose it down with soap and NO Rinse? Doesn't that leave dried soap residue?
No, your not missing anything, cover the engine on the soap cycle and then close the hood, sort of like the "scrubbing bubbles" commercial for your shower I suppose. Not a lick of residue, I suppose it evaporates from engine heat taking the dirt with it.
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I like to hose mine off, then dry with a leaf blower. Works great. Just an idea.
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I was able to wash the truck today and decided to do the engine compartment also. Didnt cover a thing. Just sprayed some degreaser all over and rinsed. Came out very nice BUT my rubber hoses and especially the air intake turned white!When I say white I mean ashy actually. Still can see black but like a ashy color on it. Im assuming from the Degreaser. Did I ruin the rubber hoses and intake? Sprayed some Armor All on a rag and wiped them and they came back to life, just nervous I may have done something???

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Hosing off and drying is great for some light standing debris but does very little for caked on dirt, grime and the like.

The tutorials at the links below my help some --

Cleaning the engine compartment -- http://www.adamspolishes.com/t-Detai...ngine_Bay.aspx

Dressing the engine compartment -- http://www.adamspolishes.com/t-Detai..._Dressing.aspx
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Update to my above post:

I looked under the hood this morning and noticed the rubber hoses and air intake that turned ashy white after cleaning seem to have absorbed some of the armor all I put on to cover up the color change. Looks like it can use a little more. Should I keep applying it? I have read that it is common for rubber parts to change color after washing an engine bay and to use trans fluid to protect them. Im at a loss here.......
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I looked under the hood this morning and noticed the rubber hoses and air intake that turned ashy white after cleaning seem to have absorbed some of the armor all I put on to cover up the color change. Looks like it can use a little more. Should I keep applying it? I have read that it is common for rubber parts to change color after washing an engine bay and to use trans fluid to protect them. Im at a loss here.......
After using the high power wands at the carwash forever, on the soap cycle, my hoses look like new still, of course that is holding the wand about a foot and a half from any surface, I do this from when the vehicle is new so grime and dirt never have a chance to build up in the first place. I don't hold the tip an inch away from things at 6 million psi.
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YOu didn't ruin your hoses. Armor all will attract more dust-use something called CD2 by turtle wax. It's a detailer. Spray it on and it'll shine like new. It doesn't damage anything. It is sometimes hard to find, but works great.
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YOu didn't ruin your hoses. Armor all will attract more dust-use something called CD2 by turtle wax. It's a detailer. Spray it on and it'll shine like new. It doesn't damage anything. It is sometimes hard to find, but works great.

Thanks HorseMan for the reply. Now that I think about it, I have been told the silicone in armor all, or any protectant for that matter, is bad for rubber. they recommend water based formula's. Not going to go crazy over the subject and still use the products, just popped in my head.

Learned this when I purchased my Extang Rollup. They said never use a silicone base formula as protectant. Always water based. Not as good of a shine, but gets the job done and wont harm finishes like silicone will.
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