Papa D - Here is the best way to clean up that engine compartment.I was gonna try some brake cleaner. I have a few cans of both Brake Cleaner and WD 40 in my arsenal.
Thanks!k3:Papa D - Here is the best way to clean up that engine compartment.
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Step One: Lightly Spray / Mist down fenders, and nose of vehicle.
Step Two: On a cold engine: coat/spray ALL* underhood areas with Armor all or similar product. *(Avoid spraying it directly on the belt or distributor.)
Step Three: Start the car and bring it to operating temperature.
Step Four: Let the engine cool for approx. 15 to 20 minutes.
Step Five: On the now warm engine: Use 409, Simple Green or similar household cleaner/degreaser and spray on the entire engine compartment. Make sure you use even more on heavily soiled areas. (Once again pay close attention of the Alternator/Distributor area)
Step Six: Let the cleaner sit for 5 minutes. If you let it sit too long it will evaporate and can stain aluminum parts and you will have to start all over again.
Step Seven: Using LOW PRESSURE water, rinse the engine. Make sure you do not hold the water on the distributor or Other electrical components for too long. Be sure that you rinse well.
Step Eight: Start the car and bring it to operating temperature. Driving it for a while is good too, as you will be sure that all of the engine compartment gets dry.
Step Nine: With the engine off repeat step ONE.
Step Ten: Wipe off low or flat areas and any area where you might still see some dirt. Wipe off all metal surfaces (some Armor All will remain) including the intake, Alt. and water pump.
Cleaning your engine... If you do it right, it is.I think I'm gonna do the cleaning thing lol. This might be a stupid question but I have to ask, is that safe?
That's exactly why I took mine off. Only akoimeexx made me a really cool plug with a phoenix on it. Judging by the life it's lived in my care so far, that was a good thing to put on said plug.Actually, I thought it was just part of the intake muffler. I removed it because I didn't like that it was in the way of me being able to see the engine. It just annoyed me.