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Old 12-15-2021, 01:35 PM   #1
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Engine bay cleaning

Sorry if this is a question thatís been answered many times but my search only showed posts over 3 years old. Iím just wondering what everyone is doing to keep the engine bay clean. Foaming and rinse? No rinse cleaner?

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Old 12-16-2021, 07:45 PM   #2
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Steam would be my go to. Not much moisture and cleans very well. Once you get it clean a little pm will make your life easy.
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Old 12-19-2021, 01:43 PM   #3
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Steam would be my go to. Not much moisture and cleans very well. Once you get it clean a little pm will make your life easy.
^^^ this works well. And after like said above, I use my detail spray and a quality micro fiber towel on everything I can get to. I do it every weekend..

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Old 12-19-2021, 10:26 PM   #4
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Nope, no water in my engine compartment and around my electronics.

I use the same method as JEWLD plus a bunch of assorted brushes and compressed air. I don't use Armor All either like some of the youtube "experts" recommend since it attracts dirt and leaves behind a buildup that gets harder and harder to remove.
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Old 12-20-2021, 05:34 PM   #5
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^^^ this works well. And after like said above, I use my detail spray and a quality micro fiber towel on everything I can get to. I do it every weekend..

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Do you ever put it on jack stands and hand wash and wax the under body. Or pulling the wheels off and cleaning the rims off and doing the wheel wells also.
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Old 12-20-2021, 05:40 PM   #6
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Nope, no water in my engine compartment and around my electronics.

I use the same method as JEWLD plus a bunch of assorted brushes and compressed air. I don't use Armor All either like some of the youtube "experts" recommend since it attracts dirt and leaves behind a buildup that gets harder and harder to remove.
Good advice on the "armor all". I used that crap waaayyyy back when I didn't know any better on my mustang, and after a while it would get sticky and then then you couldn't even clean it!!
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Old 12-20-2021, 05:44 PM   #7
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Do you ever put it on jack stands and hand wash and wax the under body. Or pulling the wheels off and cleaning the rims off and doing the wheel wells also.
lol, you're too funny my brother!! Nah, the underside is pretty clean, not sure why, but no I don't clean under there. The wheels do come off once in a while so I can clean the wheel wells though, and the wheels I can clean outside to inside with them STILL on the car!! I can get to all of it between the spokes.
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Old 12-21-2021, 12:29 PM   #8
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I’m not big on water in the engine bay either but it’s pretty difficult to reach every nook and cranny with a hand towel. Fortunately the engine bay stays fairly clean and I definitely outgrew armor all a long time ago. I’ll have to hunt down a steam cleaner once and a while and just stay after it with my detail spray. Thanks
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Iím not big on water in the engine bay either but itís pretty difficult to reach every nook and cranny with a hand towel. Fortunately the engine bay stays fairly clean and I definitely outgrew armor all a long time ago. Iíll have to hunt down a steam cleaner once and a while and just stay after it with my detail spray. Thanks
Good luck and you're welcome!! Once you get it done, it's easy to maintain.
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May be worth paying a professional a one time fee to get it clean and you just maintain it.
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Old 12-22-2021, 12:57 AM   #11
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I use the engine bright foam spray and then just hose it off every few months. Works great no problems. Been doing it for almost 2 years now.
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Old 12-22-2021, 10:07 AM   #12
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I use the engine bright foam spray and then just hose it off every few months. Works great no problems. Been doing it for almost 2 years now.
^^^^ this is what I used to use on my "old school" muscle cars engines. Worked really good.
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Old 12-26-2021, 10:51 PM   #13
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Compressed air and a detailing brush to remove all the loose dirt. I know a lot of people won't like the following part but I've cleaned some of the parts with some water and car soap, of course battery is not connected. Then Ill revisit everything that is wet with hot air to dry everything. Done it twice with no issues.
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Old 02-25-2022, 09:48 AM   #14
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Do you ever put it on jack stands and hand wash and wax the under body. Or pulling the wheels off and cleaning the rims off and doing the wheel wells also.
had a buddy with a fully restored GTO judge that used to do that every month or so.car never saw rain and usually took first place in car shows.he had special pads for the jack stands so he wouldnt scratch the paint on the chassis.you could see your face reflected off the floor pans...
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