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Old 02-09-2009, 02:41 PM
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Hello all,

I haven't detailed an engine myself since before coil on plugs were the norm. So, I wonder if there is anything that I need to be careful of if I'm going to degrease and clean the engine? Any particular product that that you guys recommend?

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Old 02-09-2009, 03:21 PM
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All I recall was to make sure to cover up the alternator.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:21 PM
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Cover the altenator, pcm, battery and air filter. Spray the engine with Simple Green and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse with a hose and wipe dry.
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Thanks for the tips. I hope to get her all shined up this weekend!

Nice car there owero.
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Some use CD2 engine detailer afterward....just spray and walk away....(read directions on label)....leaves a nice protective shine on paint, rubber hoses, and metal.
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simple green works good as a degreaser. spray it on, let it sit, and i use a pressure washer from about a 3 foot distance to get it off. you dont want to get a pressure washer too close because you could damage electrical connectors and such things.

after its all dry, (i just drive arround the block and that usually does it) spray down the plastics and the painted surfaces if you wnat, with WD-40, then blow off the WD-40 with compressed air if its available to you.

after that, if you take your time, you will have one clean looking engine bay.
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WD-40?....seriously? I know it protects metal and all but I find it just gets caked up over time and catches dust and dirt (only use it on the door jams and hood latch)
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Originally Posted by mygt500 View Post
WD-40?....seriously? I know it protects metal and all but I find it just gets caked up over time and catches dust and dirt (only use it on the door jams and hood latch)
as long as you hit it pretty good with the blower or compressed air it doesnt really get caked on or collect dirt. and if i were you, i would toss the wd-40 out for the jams. use teflon lube or something. wd-40, i have found, will actually clean out the grease that is loaded into the door hinges for them to opperate smoothly.
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Originally Posted by One Bad Stang View Post
as long as you hit it pretty good with the blower or compressed air it doesnt really get caked on or collect dirt. and if i were you, i would toss the wd-40 out for the jams. use teflon lube or something. wd-40, i have found, will actually clean out the grease that is loaded into the door hinges for them to opperate smoothly.
You know what....your right....I will use the teflon lube instead on those areas. I still wont use WD-40 on he motor....I have other ways and products that work will for me.
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You know what....your right....I will use the teflon lube instead on those areas. I still wont use WD-40 on he motor....I have other ways and products that work will for me.
good call on the switch to teflon lube. i would use a dedicated engine detailer spray of some sort, but i forget to look for some every time i'm at the auto parts store.
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