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Old 04-20-2013, 07:47 AM   #1
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Cleaning Your Engine

I searched the forums and had no luck but what is your process for cleaning your engine compartment and engine?

Back in the day, I used some Simple Green, let it soak a few minutes and gently rinse off. Would you recommend this or not? What do you suggest?
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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This is what I do and looks great everytime....simple green works too!

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:49 AM   #3
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there is a great video on here that gives you step-by-step. i will try to find it and repost.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=109089

and check this out - a huge DIY guide: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ht=engine+wash
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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Simple green on all my engines. Run it for awhile to heat up the grease, turn it off spray simple green all over and rinse off. Try not to spray to green or the water when rinsing on the paint. It won't harm it but it will remove your wax too.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:46 AM   #7
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What about for those of us who leave the engine cover off? Same procedure?

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:57 AM   #8
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I've always used a brand of hand cleaner called 'Goop' for that, even when I was putting my classic car in shows. It wouldn't take the printing off my reproduction labels and stickers under the hood- but that doesn't mean you can slather it on and not remove the entire label, lol

It takes a couple hours but it came out looking like I'd just painted the engine and bucket again
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:12 AM   #9
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Depending on what you have done under the hood, you may not be able to use certain cleaning products. I have coated LTs and the coating vendor said not to use any citrus based products, Simple Green, Purple Power, etc. Just something to consider.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:22 AM   #10
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I use a damp rag occasionally.
Otherwise I just wipe it with my micro fiber towel.
3 years later and 15k miles my engine department still looks like brand new.
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I use a damp rag occasionally.
Otherwise I just wipe it with my micro fiber towel.
3 years later and 15k miles my engine department still looks like brand new.

Location: Scottsdale AZ

Some of us have, err, more detailed challenges re: clean engines
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:46 PM   #12
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I rinse my engine compartment regularly with simple low pressure water. It keeps the dust at a minimum and prevents any build up of grease/oil. I keep the engine cover off too. Just try not to use direct water for a long time on the ignition coils, fuse box, etc.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:38 PM   #13
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Some of us have, err, more detailed challenges re: clean engines
You would be surprised how nasty our rains and sand storms are.
The dust is a RPITB.
Putting water in your engine bay is just wild.
I wipe down my engine everyday.
Trying to make place at the next car show
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:40 PM   #14
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What's about with no engine cover? Coil pack and everything are exposed. Any issues as long as its not direct pressure?
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:44 PM   #15
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Simple green is NOT aluminum safe !!!

I do not run a engine cover keep the intake air cooler
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You would be surprised how nasty our rains and sand storms are.
The dust is a RPITB.
Putting water in your engine bay is just wild.
I wipe down my engine everyday.
Trying to make place at the next car show

OK, but you'd be surprised at how nasty four months of road salt and sand is
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #17
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:54 PM   #18
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This is what I do and looks great everytime....simple green works too!

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Man... you are HOT! (JK)

What about drying it afterward so you don't get water spots? I was thinking of putting my shop vac on blower, with a nice clean filter of course.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #19
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What's about with no engine cover? Coil pack and everything are exposed. Any issues as long as its not direct pressure?
I've been doing the same process as mentioned in my post above ever since I got the car (Dec. 2010). Never had an issue. Electrical connectors in modern cars are all sealed. I wouldn't pour a gallon of water on the coil packs but some water doesn't hurt.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:34 PM   #20
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Be very careful with vacuum cleaners, they can create static electricity especially around coils and bam.

Instead get yourself a small air compressor for your garage and blow the water off the engine area if you don't want spots

Heavy duty degreasers will clean up good after you warm the engine up but you need to be careful of letting the engine get too hot, some of them that have kerosene type additives can actually catch on fire around the heat of the exhaust manifold and if they pool on a hot intake manifold. Even more important, they will dry out rubber and insulation on electrical wires and make some plastic connectors more brittle to eventually crack.

In essence, keep it clean year round so you don't have to go overboard once a year. Those self spray car washes with WARM water and regular soap after your engine is hot gets most of it off unless you got an oil leak somewhere.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:46 PM   #21
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I know there are a lot of people against this and will have a lot of negative things to say but its my car and what I do is power wash my engine bay every time I wash the car then wipe it down with a chamois. Works for me, quick and easy.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:57 PM   #22
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If you are worried about rubber or insulation on wires drying out, your marine stores like yamaha make a silicone spray especially for wiring in engine compartments that do a great job on keeping insulated wires, rubber and plastic protected from drying out and any overspray on the engine burns off easily.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:50 AM   #23
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I've been looking for info on this. All the posts are greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:27 AM   #24
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Clean the inside (valves and intake) also. Very important!
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I've been doing the same process as mentioned in my post above ever since I got the car (Dec. 2010). Never had an issue. Electrical connectors in modern cars are all sealed. I wouldn't pour a gallon of water on the coil packs but some water doesn't hurt.
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