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Old 01-24-2010, 10:19 AM
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Question Engine cleaning with a CAI

Hey all. I was curious to know when you want to clean your engine and compartmet what is the best way when you have CAI. Do you take it off and put something over the trottle body? Like to know. Not sure whats the best not always the easiest way.Sorry if this has been brought up already.
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Just avoid the CAI when you are cleaning the engine. If you are worried about it just put a plastic bag over the filter with some elastics, that should keep any liquids from getting into the filter or intake.
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Thanks . That was what i was thinking. Water..........a big no no no no.I wasnt sure to take it completely off. Mine is easy...back off the clamp at the throttle body and it comes off in one piece.Homemade CAI. Thanks.
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If it were me, I would pull the whole unit off. Not sure if your CAI has the shroud around it, but for a really good clean, I would pull it off.
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Fo me, when I decide to clean the engine, I'd rather cover the cai and carefully clean than to have to remove that setup. Took me long enough to install that sucker. If you're engine needs an intensive cleaning, then I guess it makes sense to remove it.
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You could do either. If you need to clean the filter and the engine, I'd pull the filter, clean it and let it dry while you tackle the engine bay.

Just cover the intake tube to keep water and chemicals outta the intake.
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Keep in mind the CAI is not all you should worry about when your cleaning your engine. You'll want to cover your alternator and spark plug housings. Since you have the hemi, I believe you have 16 of them to cover up Lol.

You don't have to necessairly cover them... Just don't be too liberal with the water on those areas.
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Lots of good tips thanks all. I will keep that in mind.
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The biggest thing to remember is not to spray high pressure water on anything. The spray from a garden hose should be plenty.
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Just cleaned my engine bay this afternoon. Didn't cover anything but only used low pressure water (hose). Haven't started it yet but I doubt there will be any problem. You'll hear about it if there is!
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