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Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by Uberpower, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. Uberpower

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    How does everyone keep their engine so clean? Obviously there must be some general upkeep, because most of the engines I have seen here are near perfect cosmetically.

    Here are the questions:

    1. How do you clean the engine?
    2. How often do you clean the engine? (every X,XXX miles?)
    3. What do you use to clean the engine?
     
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  3. PSk

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    They never drive them :D

    Steam cleaners are the answer for those whose cars move under their own power.

    Pete
     
  4. JPF

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    Steam cleaning is not reallya good idea, it tends to dry out the hoses. I use a good citrus cleaner and alot of elbow grease. You could eat off the engine when I am done with it.
     
  5. enjoythemusic

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    Agreed. LOTS of elbow grease, proper towels/brushes, and patience. Use Simple Green here.
     
  6. darth550

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    Works very well with jewelry as well. Warm it up a bit and break out the diamonds!

    Good stuff

    DL
     
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  8. M.James

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    Are there any things to avoid doing besides spraying the engine with water?
     
  9. ashsimmonds

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    peanut paste and vegemite.

    in fact, avoid spilling ANY sandwich spreads and condiments on your engine.
     
  10. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    I'm going to post a pic of my engine.

    I just got back from the beach, and the carbs look like somebody dropped an oyster in the sand! A little oil seepage here and there, no big deal.

    It runs great though. Can't say how many great tune ups are ruined in the wash rack afterwards!
     
  11. JPF

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    Well, you wikk have to spray the engine with water to get the citrus cleaner off of it. The one thing you want to watch for is getting the electonics wet. Alot of people take plastic baggies and tubber bands and cover up all the sensitive parts. There are lots of online resources for this sort of thing, one of my faves is http://www.properautocare.com/engine.html. They have good products and even instructions.

    Enjoy!

    (Note: I have no affiliation with this website, I just think they have good stuff.)
     
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  13. Jerrari

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    Hey, hey, hey....Jerry sells Karcher steam cleaners, so steam away!! Seriously, there is nothing that beats steam for this task. I have done it for years and have NEVER had a problem. I get pretty aggressive too.
    Cheers,
    Jerry
     
  14. TCM

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    Definately stay awau from the steam cleaners if possible. I also reccomend minimal water and a good citrus cleaner (P21S All purpose works great). As mentioned above, try to cover electrical components and use minimal amounts of water.
     
  15. PSk

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    Interesting. Every time your service department cleans your engine they use a steam cleaner :D.

    My fathers garage had one just for this purpose and we steam cleaned 1000's of engines. Why would it damager hoses, they are not delicate things they are hoses designed to work in HOT, oily conditions and little steam is not going to hurt them. Most engine parts are washed with Kerosene too ... so if you are worried about your poor little delicate hoses ... get out the tissues :D

    Remember your Ferrari is a car, not a labrador puppy ;)

    Pete
     
  16. TCM

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    Pete:

    I understand where you are coming from, but you are not cleaning internal engine parts here. You are trying to get the oil and dirt off of the visible mechanical items. The issue with today's cars are the electronic modules under the hood. You do not see many people taking their PC out into the driveway and rinsing it down with a hose and kerosene do you? The engine bay of today's car is more sophisticated then a PC. You need to avoid causing problems whenever possible and water is easier to aviod with plastic bags then steam IMHO. Whenever I detail a client's engine, it is with as minimal amount of water as possible. Just my opinion.
     

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