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Old 02-14-2018, 03:07 PM   #1
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Clean Engine Bay

Whatís the best way to clean your engine bay? I donít want to mess anything up
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:49 AM   #2
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It's more resilient than you would think. I start with a degreaser, and soak everything and hose it down (nothing too high pressure).

Then for the fine cleaning, I like simple green / mean green, and a lot of paper towels.

Just take your time and it goes pretty smoothly. After you get it clean, if you just give everything a wipe down everytime you wash the car, it's a piece of cake to stay on top of.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:20 AM   #3
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Exactly what ChibiBlackSheep said. I spray my engine down and wipe like every other car wash. (I wash the car myself). Just another helpful hint, after you wash it, and dry it off wait a while before starting it. I say this because any moisture or water that is in your fan area or on the belts, etc will fling all over the place. You will not be a happy camper, I know I have done it.
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Here is a video with a lot of good tips.

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Old 02-15-2018, 05:36 PM   #5
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Very cool and nice seeming guy . And no disrespect but,,,,,,much rather watch this one. For obvious reasons....LOL

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Old 02-15-2018, 05:38 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help everyone
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:42 AM   #7
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All the methods above certainly work, but depending as to how dirty your engine is (based on where you are, weather, road conditions, etc) they strike me as potentially overkill.

I'm out in SoCal, so we don't get a lot of real grime. Personally I have never flushed my engine bay with APC and water. If I don't have to, I'd prefer to not. I use waterless wash and some black microfiber towels to clean off dust and light dirt, then use a combination of products to dress the different parts of the engine bay. My two favorites are Adams In & Out spray, and Chemical Guys VRP. Below are results I get:

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Old 02-16-2018, 06:48 PM   #8
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^^^ Well done. I like it.
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[QUOTE=HAMBO;10079083]All the methods above certainly work, but depending as to how dirty your engine is (based on where you are, weather, road conditions, etc) they strike me as potentially overkill.

I'm out in SoCal, so we don't get a lot of real grime. Personally I have never flushed my engine bay with APC and water. If I don't have to, I'd prefer to not. I use waterless wash and some black microfiber towels to clean off dust and light dirt, then use a combination of products to dress the different parts of the engine bay. My two favorites are Adams In & Out spray, and Chemical Guys VRP. Below are results I get:

Impressive, I just drove from NJ to move to PS Cali, my bay was nasty, spent 5 hours cleaning the entire car inside and out. I will check out the products that you mentioned for sure Thank you
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Old 02-17-2018, 06:06 AM   #10
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Today's vehicles have water tight electrical connectors. You pretty much have to try to get water into them. Just use common sense; don't spray water into the alternator, or exposed air filters/air boxes. Our daily drivers get their engine bays cleaned at least once a year by hosing down with water, spraying down with Adam's All Purpose Cleaner and scrubbing with every possible brush I can find to get into every nook and cranny. Once clean I'll dry with my Master Blaster Side Kick or Revolution set on it's lowest speed, then start the car, close the hood and let it run for five minutes so so to finish drying. I don't apply any type of dressing, as I find they just collect dust.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:07 PM   #11
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Good advice on cleaning the engine bay from everyone above. I personally use UD-40 and microfiber rags and wipe everything down twice a year. I use the non-aerosol can WD-40 now and like it better.
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I use detail spray or a little bit of car shampoo if needed, I clean under the hood on a regular basis.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:40 PM   #13
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It’s not easy keeping the alternator dry when washing the inside bay since it sits below the engine so water will find a way while washing. I pretty much do what everyone else does, use APC once or twice a year and then VRT when it’s all dry. Makes future cleaning much more simpler, it’s basically wipe the edges and you’re good.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:39 AM   #14
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The alternator's actually pretty water tight on its own. Think about where you said it's located; below the engine. In that location it can possibly get hit with water if you go through a large puddle.
Don't deliberately spray it with a forcible stream of water and you'll be fine. If that concerns you, cover it with some plastic wrap.
Modern engines and their components can take some water without harm.
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