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Old 06-27-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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How do you clean your engine?

Just curious, what is your personal method for cleaning underneath the hood.

1. What cleaner do you use?
2. Engine hot or cold?
3. Car wash drive by?

I want to keep it as clean as the outside of my car.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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Rag & water....

I have just been wiping mine down with a damp rag every few weeks. I am down here in Little Rock and we haven't seen rain in a while so the engine bay has gotten kind of dusty lately. You could probably hit the engine bay with water from a spray mist bottle and then just wipe it down good with a microfiber towel. I wouldn't do much more than that unless it's really dirty under there.

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Old 06-27-2011, 12:16 PM   #3
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I visit LR 2x a month as my family stills lives there.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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water and a microfiber cloth. My car rarely sees soap.

My engine bay looks nicer now than when it was delivered.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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If mine gets real dirty i will spray it down with some degreaser or leave on cleaner. Then i use the hose with low preasure and rinse it off works really good.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:14 PM   #6
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I wash mine in the car wash. I try not to blow the pressure directly on any electrical connections, but I have done this to my last several vehicles with no problems.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:28 PM   #7
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awsome cleaner with a 50/50 water mix, microfiber cleaning cloth. hose off,towel dry and treat with Adams SuperVRT. And you should allways clean your motor when cold.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:38 PM   #8
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Adam's all purpose cleaner, boars hair brush and water. Cold engine. Then some VRT to dress it up and it looks like a brand new engine!
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:44 PM   #9
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:15 PM   #10
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Yeah, because only a genius would do this.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:17 PM   #11
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I just try to keep mine out of the dirt and dust it as needed. Its kind of like keeping your wheels clean. You not going to make stock shiney the most you can hope for is to keep it clean!
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:50 PM   #12
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I have never washed a car engine in my entire life.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:23 PM   #13
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I have never washed a car engine in my entire life.
Open the hood of your car....man it's DIRTY in there.

I have neglected my car engine, but it's time for a cleaning. She needs it.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:26 PM   #14
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With the engine warm spray with degreeser and wait 15 min. then rinse it,if the motor is really grimey repeat till clean then when dry hit the high spots with a silicone spray and let dry,this will make it easier to keep it clean.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:56 AM   #15
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Open the hood of your car....man it's DIRTY in there.

I have neglected my car engine, but it's time for a cleaning. She needs it.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:59 AM   #16
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:17 AM   #17
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With the engine warm spray with degreeser and wait 15 min. then rinse it,if the motor is really grimey repeat till clean then when dry hit the high spots with a silicone spray and let dry,this will make it easier to keep it clean.
The silicone waterproofing spray works great to help keep it clean.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:21 AM   #18
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Adam's all purpose cleaner, boars hair brush and water. Cold engine. Then some VRT to dress it up and it looks like a brand new engine!
Same here
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:19 AM   #19
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I have seen my neighbors pop the hood and were spraying their engine down with a garden hose. I pooped a brick right there.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:29 AM   #20
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BE CAREFUL USING CLEANING AGENTS AS THEY CAN CAUSE cORROSION IN ELECTRICAL PLUGS AND CONNECTIONS.

I have seen this happen to vehicles before. your best to use soap and water. use dawn for cutting grease and if you have really greasy stuff use wd40 then come back with dawn to clean it off but for the most part just use car wash soap and i highly recommend using a blower to dry the engine bay then come back with a silicone spray over wire harneses
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #21
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Heres a video you might wanna check out
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ngine+bay+wash
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:45 AM   #22
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@ Jajru, thanks that helps out a lot.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:03 PM   #23
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Simple green or Adams All purpose cleaner. If we had bad weather and I had to drive it in the rain than I use the engine foamy cleaner (1-2 cans). Run the hose lightly for rinse. Hand dry what I can and if its a show day spray on lightly some engine shine.

I avoid the silicone spray cleaners as alot of the rubber hoses look like crap after drying.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:48 PM   #24
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This the answer that I'd expect from someone rolling up at the stop sign with Bert riding in the back seat. While we're at it why don't we all trade in our V8s so we can each get an LS with a NOS kit? With all that NOS those SS boyz and their V8s don't stand a chance. I figure we'll do some illegal street racing and bet five large every single time, pretty soon we'll all be rollin large enough to buy t-tops. We can even laugh at the V12 Lambos who won't race us because they know how much they suck. Also I figure that each of us can find a local grease monkey who will black matte the entire car for a princely sum of $500 dollars. Maybe the black matte can be accented by some awesome purple thunder hockey sticks because GM missed the boat on that one. Yeah....that's the ticket.

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Old 08-09-2011, 02:53 PM   #25
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Heres how:


And heres some stuff you can use to do it.
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