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Old 02-24-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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Engine Cleaning

Hey guys,
00 Sport 5 spd I6. Airaid intake. I was wanting to clean my engine and get some of the grime off everything and get it in better shape. How do I do this and what are the do's and don'ts of cleaning under the hood. Thanks

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:57 AM   #2
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Do cover your CAI, fuse box and distributer with plastic bags (you can clean them off later with a cloth). Do use an all purpose cleaner like 409, simple green, or greenworks (and let it soak in). Do use a soft(ish) bristle brush. Dont do this when ur engine is hot, warm is okay (this is my opinion since the cleaner cooks on and gets sticky, some guys say it is good to let it cook on... Idk y?). Dont blast anything too hard since it is never good to give it too much pressure. Oh and watch out for backsplash lol there are alot of little crannys that will spray back at you hahaha

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:00 AM   #3
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Oh and avoid ur fuel rail and spark plugs as much as possible too. It doesnt need covered or anything just dont blast it or scrub the heck out of it
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Ok, I did this in college as a prep guy for a foreign used car lot (think Jag, Merc, BMW, Porsche)...

Start with a cold engine

Spray the snot out of it with


or



start engine, let run for a couple min, and then spray off with hose. (not pressure washer). Let run till dry.

spray down hoses and rubber with


It'll look like it just left the detailers...

and you will be able to spot oil leaks quickly.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:29 AM   #5
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Ok, I did this in college as a prep guy for a foreign used car lot (think Jag, Merc, BMW, Porsche)...

Start with a cold engine

Spray the snot out of it with

or

start engine, let run for a couple min, and then spray off with hose. (not pressure washer). Let run till dry.

spray down hoses and rubber with

It'll look like it just left the detailers...

and you will be able to spot oil leaks quickly.
Good advice but dont spray your serp belt with the tire shine it will squeal like crazy, tire shine makes rubber EXTREMELY slippery
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Good advice but dont spray your serp belt with the tire shine it will squeal like crazy, tire shine makes rubber EXTREMELY slippery
Correct: Not belts, just hoses and rubber covered wiring -n- such.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:28 AM   #7
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I just used 409 on mine yesterday. It was cold, so no hose available, just spray on, scrub a little and wipe off. Not perfect but it came out pretty good. I live on a dirt road, so it doesn't stay this way for long.

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:38 AM   #8
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Look pretty clean to me! Good job

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