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Old 06-06-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Proper Way To Clean??

I'm gonna have some time to clean up the jeep this weekend, and wanted to clean up the engine bay area. I was thinking about just spraying some royal purple and spraying it off. I don't want it to be spotless, I just went wheeling last weekend and got pretty muddy. Is there anything else I need to do or consider?? I know to cover alternator, battery terminals, air filter, but anything else??

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Old 06-06-2008, 06:59 PM   #2
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I know to cover alternator, battery terminals, air filter, but anything else??
...distributor...

donīt spray the fuse boy too much.

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Old 06-06-2008, 09:26 PM   #3
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You have a fuse boy? Very continental!!!

And why not spray him? It's gettin hot out!!!
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Is that the wrangler version of the trunk monkey...

When I clean the engine bays on the jeeps I start early in the morning and park it so the engine is facing the sun, using low pressure I wet the engine down, then spray it with some kind of cleaner, fantastic, engine cleaner if I have it, etc. Then I go after the tough spots with a stiff brush, one of those round parts washer types. Once I have it cleaned out some I lightly spray the stuff off and then look it over, repeat as necessary, usually takes me 2-3 times. The key word here is 'lightly', I don't want to force water into places it does not belong. Once I'm done about a couple hours later the sun is already heating the engine up, I just leave it alone for 3-5 hours. I wait till all the water is evaporated from the puddles in the intake manifold and they are dry. Then I fire it up and let the engine warm up and take it for a drive. Never cooked or shorted anything yet but then I keep the hose away from the throttle body and distributor. On the XJ I do hose down the PCM on the front drivers inside fender but then I also unplug it every couple of years, contact clean it and put dielectric grease on there.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:09 AM   #6
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Royal Purple makes a cleaner? I thought they only did lubrication fluids.

I use Simple Green. I get the concentrated stuff, mix it up with water in a bottle (but still a high concentration. Wet the slightly warm engine a bit, then spray it with simple green taking care to avoid the fuse box, alternator, and distributor areas as much as possible.

Let it sit about 30 minutes or so, then rinse. Depending on how dirty it is, I may hit it again. If you are REALLY wanting it clean, steaming the engine compartment like dealers do when prepping a used car is what you need to do. It will take a long time, so be prepared.

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