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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-29-2007, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the engine

I live in the country and the dust is horrible out here. My engine is filthy due to it and I was wondering whats the best way to clean it up. Should I use power washer on low or by hand with a rag. Also should I keep it running if using the power washer is best. Any opinions appreciated

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-29-2007, 05:44 PM
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I really don't like giving people advice on cleaning their engines. So much can go wrong.

Just make sure you cover anything electrical. And a lot of degreasers out there will discolor certain metals. Just be careful with it!

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I typically don't use degreasers. I used to and they work, but the long term effects of using them aren't good. I bought a Mother's Powerball from O'Reilly's a few weeks ago and have been using that. It seems to work great for getting in tight areas or areas that aren't easy to reach with your hand. I have also heart that those Flitz balls work well too.
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Use some simple green/water mix. Cover all electrical components. Lightly wet the motor then start in small sections with the simple green and different size brushes until you have cleaned every thing. The use a dressing I use poorboys products on mine. It make take a few more minutes to do but will be worth it when you are done, plus I always am scared to just start pressure washing under the hood


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You should be shanked for letting the motor of your Mach get that dirty!
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cleaning an engine is easy. Ive cleaned out of engines and used alot of degreasers, you just got to know how to use the product.. plus just degreasing and rinshing off it ususally still looks like shit when it drys.. Ive always used a certian tire shine/trim shine product for that
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cleaning an engine is easy. Ive cleaned out of engines and used alot of degreasers, you just got to know how to use the product.. plus just degreasing and rinshing off it ususally still looks like shit when it drys.. Ive always used a certian tire shine/trim shine product for that

Itís funny that you try to dog me on my spelling (when I was using well known internet slang). Looks like you need to practice what you preach buddy.


Now for a contributing post: I just donít bother trying to keep the engine clean on the daily driver. Its just not worth it. On the Mustang, I use Black Magic on all the rubber/plastic components.

And nice work 96lasersnake!

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I also use black magic...

I was told to stay away from Armorall as in time it will make black plastic look grey. It has mineral oil in it which dries up rubber and plastic?
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Itís funny that you try to dog me on my spelling (when I was using well known internet slang). Looks like you need to practice what you preach buddy.


Now for a contributing post: I just donít bother trying to keep the engine clean on the daily driver. Its just not worth it. On the Mustang, I use Black Magic on all the rubber/plastic components.

And nice work 96lasersnake!
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I was actually going to make an attempt at cleaning my engine bay next weekend, it's pretty bad, like cobweb bad lol. I'll post before and afters (only if it turns out good though)
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I also use black magic...

I was told to stay away from Armorall as in time it will make black plastic look grey. It has mineral oil in it which dries up rubber and plastic?
Yeah it does dry out rubber. I used to see cracked tires form it all the time when i worked in a tire shop.


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Dude you spelled that wrong. Ask LXCoupe89.

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If you don't want to attract dirt to your engine, stop putting any kind of spooge on it. They don't have spooge on them from the factory. Jokers at used car lots hose them down with spooge " 'cause peeps likes 'em shiney." F that noise.
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You should be shanked for letting the motor of your Mach get that dirty!
That was when I first bought the car, the dealership took those pics

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not sure if its right or not, but i have been known to spray down an enginebay with clear coat spray paint. i will see if i can dig up some pics of my old64 shortwide.

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I'm gonna try that simple green and water trick next time i'm home....lol my engine is freakin nasty...

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not sure if its right or not, but i have been known to spray down an enginebay with clear coat spray paint. i will see if i can dig up some pics of my old64 shortwide.

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That isn't good for all the flexible parts.
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They have some stuff at Autozone (CD2) i think that's the name. It works real good.

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They have some stuff at Autozone (CD2) i think that's the name. It works real good.
yeah, thats what i use and it does work very well.

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