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    engine bay cleaning?

    My engine bay is filthy. I hate having to open my hood in front of people because they always comment on how dirty it is all the time. I dont think I have ever cleaned it. What is the best way to? and what do I use?
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    Well one thing my dad tought me (and I don't know if it is the best) is to leave the engine running and scrub it by hand. The main thing is to try not to get water near the alternator. That's just my advice and what we have always done with cars and never had problems resulting from it
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    ya cover everything important with plastic bags/ trash bags... get some degreaser and go to work, then lightly wash everything down
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    I have never really had any success with "Gunk". I tend to use a cleaner, such as one for aftermarket rims, to clean the motor and other components. It works great and does not leave behind any residue. Try not to spray high pressure water in / or around the alternator or wiring harnesses. Afterwards, a rubber / plastic protectant or shine can be applied to the rubber hoses for an extra touch. You may want to use different size brushes too, for those hard to reach places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tayhadar1
    Well one thing my dad tought me...to leave the engine running and scrub it by hand. The main thing is to try not to get water near the alternator.
    With this procedure, I would've thought the main thing would be not to get your hand caught in the timing belt (but that's just me).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcpatters
    I have never really had any success with "Gunk". I tend to use a cleaner, such as one for aftermarket rims, to clean the motor and other components. It works great and does not leave behind any residue. Try not to spray high pressure water in / or around the alternator or wiring harnesses. Afterwards, a rubber / plastic protectant or shine can be applied to the rubber hoses for an extra touch. You may want to use different size brushes too, for those hard to reach places.
    youre correct, you need to apply a protectant after washing the engine bay /using a degreaser. There is a protectant , wax like substance used at the factory when the car is built, which comes off when you use a degreaser. Here is product which replaces that protectant. http://www.autopia-carcare.com/son-720.html

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    303 makes a great cleaner that has a low pH. this way you don't have to worry about staining.

    They also make a great protectant that can be used just about everywhere.

    This is what we use when we detail a car.


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