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PostSubject: engine bay cleaning   Thu 25 Jun - 8:31

I'm wanting ton tidy up my engine bay as it it looking a bit tatty. What is the best way of going about cleaning the grime off the components and giving it a good finish. A lot of people say to use engine cleaner and wash it off but not sure if it's ok to hose down as there are a lot of electrical plugs in there. Any help would be appreciated
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Thu 25 Jun - 11:13

hello mate, Ive generally followed this method.

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click on the STEP BY STEP link at the bottom of the page.

I got some GUNK from Halfords (the green one) but there are other options, if you have brand of choice.

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main thing is like any decent job, take your time

hope it helps.
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 7:35

I knew you'd have some advice of some sorts Mario Wink

I'll probably give mine a once over this weekend after Ive picked up some parts from Locky@Hydrotek this afternoon Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 13:01

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I knew you'd have some advice of some sorts Mario  Wink

I'll probably give mine a once over this weekend after Ive picked up some parts from Locky@Hydrotek this afternoon Very Happy  

I took the lazy option Keith. I could spend a page or 2 describing the process I use. But the key thing is don't use a power washer and cover your alternator with tin foil and if you have an exposed air filter cover with plastic bags. Garden Hose gentle spray is fine.
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 13:41

Thanks lads both look good guides I will be having a bash at it over the weekend so will see how it goes.☺
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 14:47

Si

I will be giving my car a good clean tomorrow at home so if you want to come up to mine and I will show you how to do it and then you will be equipped to sort it yourself in future. I am up next to Newcastle airport.
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 16:07

thanks for the offer mario however i dont finish work until 1pm tomorrow by the time i get home and changed an up to yours it would be late afternoon so unfortunately i will have to pass on that one. Again thanks for the invite.
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 16:49

Stisi wrote:
thanks for the offer mario however i dont finish work until 1pm tomorrow by the time i get home and changed an up to yours it would be late afternoon so unfortunately i will have to pass on that one. Again thanks for the invite.

No problem mate
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 16:51

Mines next lol

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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 16:56

I did the unorthodox routine on mine, sprayed with engine degreaser and left for 10mins.
Then hosed it all down with a pressure washer while keeping the engine running. The heat
from the engine dries all the water off leaving everything nice and clean. I didn't even cover
anything up and it all works fine afterwards. Don't know if I'd recommend this method to anyone else though lol But it did the trick for me.
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 17:35

I did it the hard way
Brushed in gunk /engine cleaner and used a Small spray bottle and brushes

Took ages but it meant misses didn't nag at me to do the garden if she thought I was busy doing Something

Wait to you get to the cotton bud stage Very Happy

It. Gets addictive though as Everytime I look under I see something needs replacing /sanded /polished /painted /dipped
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 17:45

Mines a mess

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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 17:54

Lordharding wrote:
I did it the hard way
Brushed in gunk /engine cleaner and used a Small spray bottle and brushes

Took ages but it meant misses didn't nag at me to do the garden if she thought I was busy doing Something

Wait to you get to the cotton bud stage Very Happy

It. Gets addictive though as Everytime I look under I see something needs replacing /sanded /polished /painted /dipped.


Considering the age of your car Lordy that's bloody amazing. Looks like it was just built today Cool
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 20:24

kgt wrote:
Lordharding wrote:
I did it the hard way
Brushed in gunk /engine cleaner and used a Small spray bottle and brushes

Took ages but it meant misses didn't nag at me to do the garden if she thought I was busy doing Something

Wait to you get to the cotton bud stage Very Happy

It. Gets addictive though as Everytime I look under I see something needs replacing /sanded /polished /painted /dipped.


Considering the age of your car Lordy that's bloody amazing. Looks like it was just built today Cool

Yeah but power steering bottle cap is still minging tut tut ROFL ROFL
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PostSubject: Re: engine bay cleaning   Fri 26 Jun - 23:11

All sorted now

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Always ongoing these engine bays

Seen a turbo blanket and cdf blanket that wraps round the pipes at the bottom of the raditor which looks good

That's another £350 on the wish list for birthday and Xmas spending money" />
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