Dawn as a safer and cheaper engine degreaser?
The S10 has oil all over the lower engine and close by parts. The oil lines appear to have been leaking, along with a failing cv axle boot spewing grease.
The lower engine on this ZR2 S10 is covered by skid plates, so normal driving in the rain does not get the lower engine washed off at all.
I do not want to use engine cleaner to get off the oil, it is pricey, can sometimes cause damage to components and plastic parts, and can be toxic. I am doing the work in an attached garage.
I recall seeing a commercial where ducks soaked in oil from the Exxon Valdex accident were cleaned of oil using Dawn dishwasher soap. We have a big bottle of Dawn from COSTCO, so I decided to give it a try. I mixed 2/3 hot water and 1/3 Dawn in a sprayer bottle. I then placed old sheets under the S10 and sprayed away. Not sure how it will all turn out- but I am hoping it beats going to Advance Auto on a Sunday and spending big bucks on a toxic engine cleaner.
2001 Bonneville SSEi, 219,000 miles.
Whats in my driveway:
1998 Chevy S10 4x4 ZR2, 1999 Olds Bravada, 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi, 2007 Ford F-350 regular cab 2WD, 2008 BMW 335i coupe (Wife'* replacement for her Bonneville). The Bonneville is my favorite of all the cars in the driveway.