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Old 04-19-2012, 08:37 PM
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Hey guys, just curious how you guys wash out your engine bays?

I want to get all the winter salt/road dust out of that sucker, I don't want to spend 3/4 hours in there with a damn cloth because you can never get it all?


I know a lot of guys spray it down with a cleaner and then rinse it (keeping away from the plugs, well trying to I guess)


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I know a lot of guys spray it down with a cleaner and then rinse it (keeping away from the plugs, well trying to I guess)
^^^^ That's what I do, I put a plastic bag over the alternator and spray off everything else. The stuff from Can Tire works great.
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I just use the car wash wand and keep it high so the pressure is not so great. Been doing that for 40 years without issue.
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I just use the car wash wand and keep it high so the pressure is not so great. Been doing that for 40 years without issue.
Ditto! Just not 40 years quite yet.
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I just use the car wash wand and keep it high so the pressure is not so great. Been doing that for 40 years without issue.
Same here, but only for 30 years now.
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With a cool engine/bay, I bag the alternator and the intake filter (open CAI), soak the engine bay in spray-on Simple Green and let it sit for 10 min. Then I run the pressure washer on it's lowest setting, just so it's got a fan of water, rinse the entire engine bay. Once i've soaked the engine completely, I'll let it dry for 10-15 min then I douse the bay with Mother's Protectant. I wipe up the excess and then run the engine for 10 min to dry everything off.
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Wow some great tips here glad I saw this thread. Thanks guys!!! Will have to try this as it is getting that time where the weather is turning nicer now.
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I agree with ShawnC13! I do have one question though for anyone who can answer. Spraying the entire engine bay, does that not effect, or mess with sensors?
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No, the sensors are weather resistant, sealed from the elements.

Think about it, when you drive through a big puddle it doesnt mess with your sensors, water is splashing all over the engine bay during puddle play.

Just cover the alternator (you dont even really HAVE to do that, but I do, its cheap insurance, and the open filter if you have one and spray to your hearts content.
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This is a nice thread. I'm swapping my intake tomorrow and I want to shine her up when I'm all done.
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