let us know how it works out!
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let us know how it works out!
- Use on a cold engine only.
- Begin by hosing down bay with water.
- Do not allow SG to evaporate.
- Thoroughly rinse all traces of SG until there is not a single detergent bubble to be seen. Then rinse a little more to be sure.
There is no information regarding potential aluminum oxidation on the bottle I have or on their website.
^^ This link suggests hot water. I've never had access to it in a hose and have always done fine without it.
My 6.5 year old aluminum OEM TMIC looks nearly new. It will be replaced soon with a Process West TMIC. I'll be sure and have a very close look for any signs of oxidation. I will post the results either way.
There is also ~ 20 years of experience using the original SG. I do not ever recall seeing any defect on aluminum parts with the four cars I've done this with.
Last edited by Sasquatch; 08-28-2010 at 06:05 PM.
I totally forgot about these images ...
This is the engine bay I had then - a 2000 Honda Prelude. Once again, TheJ would be proud to eat off of it. Zero aluminum oxidation - repeatedly cleaned with original Simple Green.
Last edited by Sasquatch; 08-28-2010 at 07:26 PM.
I really loved that car. Way more refined than the WRX, the OEM handling was superb. Long hood, short rear deck. I still pleasantly sigh when I see one.
Two problems arose:
- I was too large to reasonably fit into it. A bumpy road would suddenly introduce my skull with the headliner.
- It drank oil at the rate of 1 quart every 1000 miles. The dealer made TWO attempts to fix this. After which it gulped a quart in about 400 miles. And spewed droplets of oil rich exhaust residue all over the rear of the car.
I traded this problem car in for the WRX I now love. Zero oil consumption at nearly 54k miles.
I honestly love the looks of the prelude. If she had a turbo, and RWD... I would've owned one.
Like I said ... I still pleasantly sigh when I see one. Absolutely gorgeous.
I traded that asphalt spray gun to the dealer I bought the WRX from. To this day I wonder what happened to that poor Prelude I fell in love with.
Last edited by Sasquatch; 08-28-2010 at 07:21 PM.
I just have never understood why honda made such a great looking car FWD and with such a pig of an engine.
Aside from it being a torqueless wonder I thought it was most entertaining once it hopped onto the VTEC cam lobes. Pre VTEC was an exercise in patience waiting for some forward momentum.
The intake was a terrific noise maker. It really sounded great and was quite loud in the higher RPMs. I completely understand why WRX n00bs always ask about intakes.
160whp isn't exactly much of an engine... that car looked like a sports car. it should have performed like one too.
The 2004 WRX I bought required stiffer springs, fatter sway bars, a performance alignment, and sticker rubber to outdo the bone stock Prelude.
i traded my GAylude for my new subie for the same reason . I got so bad i had to stop a few miles away to wipe it off before selling it
I got a question: Will regular cleaning of the engine and stuff, help keep down on rust? I live in the Chicagoland area of Illinois, and they use alot of salt on the roads so rust on cars seems to be a big issue around these parts. I don't have a WRX yet, but I figured I might as well ask, so I am prepared for maintenance and what-not, when I get one