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Old 01-26-2006, 12:11 PM
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Engine cleaning

What is everyone's opinion on cleaning the engine and engine bay? Steam cleaning? Chemical cleaners? Pressure washer? Water hose?
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Damp rag, dry rag, a little Zaino here & there. If you do this fairly often, you don't have to worry about getting the engine bay too wet.
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Damp rag, dry rag, a little Zaino here & there. If you do this fairly often, you don't have to worry about getting the engine bay too wet.


A touch of your fave "back to black" stuff on the plastic, maybe.

If it's really grimy, take a couple of old throw away towels and your fave cleaner, eg windex, soapy water, whatever and go over the grundgey parts w/some elbow grease, then a damp rag, then dry towel.

My opin is to skip the pressure wash or even hose deal, unless you are heading for the "car show",
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If it's really grimy, take a couple of old throw away towels and your fave cleaner...
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I'll bet this is one of the great many uses mD has for his gazillion stolen hotel towels!
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I'll bet this is one of the great many uses mD has for his gazillion stolen hotel towels!
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if it is really dirty, then, commmon sense anda pressure washers works everytime. If only lighlty dirty I use some thorw away rags and windex, then spray some amour all around, close hood, let run for about 5 minutes, open, wipe.
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Damp rag, dry rag, a little Zaino here & there. If you do this fairly often, you don't have to worry about getting the engine bay too wet.
Same here!Been doing this on my bimmers for +18 years.
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Don't ever steam clean an engine. The steam will travel inside the electronic connectors, condense, and then wreak havoc!
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What I usually do is take some 409 or Simple Green and spray it on the accumulated gunk on the sides and rinse lightly with just a tiny bit of water. The rest I wipe with a damp towel. I avoid putting anything on the plastic because most shiny stuff attracts dust and grime.

Just wipe everything quickly after you wash the car and it will never get that bad.
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