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Old 10-12-2023, 09:03 PM #1
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Engine bay cleaning tips

Somehow I broke the power steering reservoir return line plastic piece the hose attaches to. Probably working and accidently hitting it. I didn't notice until the fluid mixed with dirt was all over my engine after a short drive and the pump started struggling. I replaced the pump just in case I caused damage. Any safe effective methods to get my bay clean. Mostly concerned with electrical connections. I think wrapping them with foil would work to protect them. Yes I know they're weather packed but just being safe. Anything else to be aware of? Appreciate any tips!
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I used to loathe cleaning the engine bay but Iím okay with it now. I use a spray bottle with soapy water and a detail brush, and just work my way around the bay section by section. Rinsing with a low pressure hose once in a while. Using high pressure to try to blast the oil off is what causes the problems. You just have to zen out and get it done.
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I use this stuff, it works great

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Then coat with this

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Great results

The biggest thing is don't spray your alternator directly or use too aggressive water pressure, Don't use foil for electrical connections, use plastic bags
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I use this stuff, it works great

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Then coat with this

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Great results

The biggest thing is don't spray your alternator directly or use too aggressive water pressure, Don't use foil for electrical connections, use plastic bags
Now that's a sexy bay! Now I have to get mine like yours again. I also have the radiator and condenser off at the moment because most of the grime is down on the block so I can get to it easily. I'll zen out and take it low and slow with a brew or two. Thank you and the Captain for your responses! 👍
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I still use Simple Green and low pressure water to rinse the bay and a few select spots on the engine. Then a long drive to dry it off.
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Simple Green and a hose if you want to a unsexy but clean engine bay.
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I still use Simple Green and low pressure water to rinse the bay and a few select spots on the engine. Then a long drive to dry it off.
I do this, but dont drive it, let it drip dry then use a rag for the remainder. Theres also Citrus 9 or whatever its called, works about the same but smells like oranges.
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A boar brush definitely goes a long way in helping to agitate your spray cleaner of choice before rinsing off with a garden hose. Makes it a lot quicker and more effective.
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Simple green and low water pressure here, light scrub brush
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1. let engine cool down
2. simple green or whatever cheap/mild foam cleaner
3. super low pressure wash or hose.
4. let engine dry itself by driving around block after wash.
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