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Old 06-04-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Engine bay cleaning.. What shouldnt get wet?

I want to give my engine bay a really good cleaning and have a few questions. What specifically needs to be covered? Do I need to cover the fuse box and wire harnesses etc. or will all of that be fine with a light spray of water? I have searched and read what others have done but want to be sure to cover anything and everything that could be damaged.

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Old 06-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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Here's a nice little video to help you out with that.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=109089
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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Here's a nice little video to help you out with that.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=109089
I saw that video.. It only says cover filters and battery connections and "any other sensitive areas". So what are the other sensitive areas that need to be covered?
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:24 PM   #4
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I have used the spot free rinse low pressure for years and have never covered anything. Drive your car long enough to dry the water. Don't spray the engine compartment and pull directly into the garage.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:47 PM   #5
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I'm hesitant about doing this as well. If I were doing it, I would cover my intake (obviously), cover the fuse box, and battery terminal for sure. I think that should be good.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:37 PM   #6
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I have used the spot free rinse low pressure for years and have never covered anything. Drive your car long enough to dry the water. Don't spray the engine compartment and pull directly into the garage.


Just no high pressure...if at pay and spray use the tire cleaner to soak (after cooling engine for awhile) and then soft water rinse...wipe where you can and run engine..at home follow Adams vid on this...
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:39 PM   #7
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Just no high pressure...if at pay and spray use the tire cleaner to soak (after cooling engine for awhile) and then soft water rinse...wipe where you can and run engine..at home follow Adams vid on this...
I'm not a fan of using the tire cleaner. The chemicals can pit the bare metal unless removed completely. The engine compartment gets dusty and water works great.
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I have used the spot free rinse low pressure for years and have never covered anything. Drive your car long enough to dry the water. Don't spray the engine compartment and pull directly into the garage.




I've been cleaning engine compartments like this for over 25 years. Older cars, obviously you dont spray the carb or distributor, but new cars are damn near weatherproof.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:13 AM   #9
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I'm not a fan of using the tire cleaner. The chemicals can pit the bare metal unless removed completely. The engine compartment gets dusty and water works great.
A good car wash will have a tire cleaner that is safe for bare metals and of course you rinse well with low pressure soft water. I find that the low pressure soft water rinse alone will not knock off the dust and dirt off...

One can also use Adams APC 50/50 diluted for safe use on bare metals...
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:52 AM   #10
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I've cleaned many compartments by spraying with water, the only thing I ever had break was the fan motor on my jeep, and I found out later they were horribly non waterproof!
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Cool

We would never flood the engine bay with that much water shown in the video.
The Cover comes off and is cleaned separately ..
The alternator gets covered {How much for a new Alternator ?} ...
along with any electrical..
Then Hand Wash... A lite rinse...
Then we carefully use a Leaf Blower to dry the the engine bay..
Would never start a soaking wet engine....
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You guys do realize your entire engine gets soaked when you drive in the rain. Like a few guys said, just don't do a high pressure right up on the engine.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:05 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies. Now I just need to go do it .
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Despite all the warnings, I still use the pressure washer.

I put a garbage bag over the CAI filter and that's it. I just make sure to keep the spray about 2 feet away from the motor and electrical connectors. The engine bay edges, hinges, and underside of the hood get a closer spray.

After I'm done, I'll generally run the engine for 30 minutes while I'm cleaning something else on the car and it thoroughly dries itself.
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