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Old 01-05-2007, 05:48 AM   #1
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Engine Bay Cleaning

My engine bay is looking a bit old and filthy at the moment so want to give it bit of a clean up. I've got some Autoglym Engine cleaner which sound pretty easy to use (apply,scrub then rinse) but it also says to cover/tape any electrical points to stop water getting in them. What areas should I cover to prevent this. A pic or 2 may help as I know my way around the engine bay a little but kinda limited knowledge generally. Also any other advice on technique/product are more than welcome, though at the moment my budget but I have a reasonable size collection of AG/Megs products.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:15 AM   #2
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What areas should I cover to prevent this
any areas which are electrical
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:23 AM   #3
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and keep the water away from your spark plugs. When i jet wash my engine bay, i do it with the engine running so the heat helps the water evapourate instead of just sitting there.
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:23 PM   #4
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Just be careful around electrical bits, leave it in the sun to dry out after or let it idle for a while
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:31 PM   #5
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I realise 'any areas which are elecrical' . I was trying to get an idea of what areas exacly and where they are located as I can only think of coil pack and the battery. Leaving the engine going whilst rinsing seems sensible. Anyone got any pics of what can be acheived?
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:01 PM   #6
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any electricals are a priority... other major areas are any air induction bits, alarms, spark plugs ect...

dont do what i did though... valeted a nissan pulsar, used a plastic seat cover to cover the air filter up then shut the bonnet, gave it a test drive and wondered why it wasnt boosting properly pmsl...
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:40 AM   #7
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I realise 'any areas which are elecrical' . I was trying to get an idea of what areas exacly and where they are located as I can only think of coil pack and the battery. Leaving the engine going whilst rinsing seems sensible. Anyone got any pics of what can be acheived?
see detailed pics of my car to see what can be achieved.

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Old 02-05-2007, 09:34 PM   #8
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Don't worry too much about this, just dont aim the hose at the coilpack or up the ECU, I've jetwashed the engines on 106s and saxos many a time (Usually do it while it is running) and never had a problem, other than the jetwash not really doing a great deal apart from knocking loose muck off.


Use Gunk or any sort of awful smelly petroleum based liquid to get the oil off, then WD40 works a bloody treat at taking the final slight grease off and shining stuff up.
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Old 16-05-2007, 12:52 PM   #9
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I steam clean my engine on a yearly basis. I spray G101 over absolutly eveything first and let it soak for 5 mins to eat the worse bits - then leave the car running and use a steam cleaner to blast it all off - no need to cover electrics at all as no water, and it's never given me any problems.
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Old 16-05-2007, 05:33 PM   #10
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I'd say get it nice and warm, drive to the car wash, leave it running, cover the block in gunk then jet wash off!
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Old 16-05-2007, 09:21 PM   #11
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take off the air filter and battery and you've got alot more room to get to things then, like the bulk head. i found this much easier, and just used auto glym degreaser and a rag

also sanded down and gave the battery tray a lick of paint aswell as it was rusty!
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steam cleaned my engine yesterday, but my engine missfires a lot now and when accelarating it takes a while for the power to kick in, then its off like a rocket

i guess some waters got in somewhere, anyone any ideas what i can do
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Old 13-03-2011, 09:50 AM   #13
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Dry out your coil pack, check your plugs.
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cheers mike,

should i take the plugs out and tr drying the holes?
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Yeah, if you can!
If it's 8v make sure the coil pack is all dry, and dry the leads too.
Whip the plugs out and check them also.
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wd40 will help if applied before and after, a blow off with an air line after isnt a bad thing especially down the plug holes in the head. have the engine running but not at normal running temps.ive seen nemberous parts crack from the additonal of cold water on hot metals.
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