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This is a discussion on Cleaning the engine within the Detailing Forum forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I was wondering if anyone had bad experiences cleaning the engine with degreaser and water. Any problems with starting or ...

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    Cleaning the engine

    I was wondering if anyone had bad experiences cleaning the engine with degreaser and water. Any problems with starting or anything?


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    For me none at all. I have been keeping my engine bays clean for about 15 years using the same method with a garden hose. I would not recommend a high pressure car wash hose.

    Start with a cold or slightly warm engine - never hot. Hose down the bay and outside of fenders to start, spray with full strength Simple Green and scrub exposed accessible areas with a suitable detailing brush.

    Rinse thoroughly taking care not to work a stream into the air intake (a little is OK) until you see no more detergent foam. Take the car on a 5 minute or so drive to heat up and help dry out the bay. Results below:

    Edit: I do this about three or four times a year to keep it looking that clean.

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    do you by any chance cover the alternator or the air intake? I'm afraid by doing this, my vehicle wont start properly

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    Quote Originally Posted by subie814 View Post
    do you by any chance cover the alternator or the air intake? I'm afraid by doing this, my vehicle wont start properly
    No. I simply do not squirt directly into the air intake or hit the alternator with a full blast (it still gets plenty wet). If you are concerned you can cover those items up somewhat. I never have.

    I have done the same with the last 4 or 5 cars I have owned since the early 90's and never had a problem.
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    I always cover up my alternator just as a precaution but just remember everything under the engine is made to work under atleast a little bit of moisture.
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    cleaning underhood

    just curious how in the heck do you keep the intercooler so clean reply gladly appriated can you just spray it
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