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Old 10-07-2003, 11:06 AM   #1
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Hi,

Just did the overall clean job on my new 95. I now need to tackle the engine. I used to own a detailing shop, and to clean engines we would spray the entire engine with a degreaser product while the car was running, then let it soak for a bit, then take the power washer and spray the heck out of it. It always resulted in a sweet looking engine. After that a little armor all to touch it up.

The engine on my 95 is absolutely covered with a layer of grime. I want to do the same thing with this car too - but I am concerned about getting water where it should not be - particluarly with the supercharger which I know nothing about.

So - can I go ahead and do this or does something need to be covered? Any suggestions? It really really needs it - to the point where sometimes I smell something burning because the engine is hot and the grime is literally smoking off parts of the engine.

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Welcome to the club.

You want to make sure any and all electrical components are thouroughly covered. Mainly alt, coil packs, electrical connectors, PCM, battery, and anything else with power running thru it. If you don't keep the water off these you might fry something. Myself and crazydriver have both fried coil packs this way.

The SC isn't a big deal if it gets wet on the outside. It'* a sealed unit to the engine (except the air intake).
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Thanks, I'll try and cover that stuff as best I can. Truth be told when we detailed cars we used to just spray the heck out of the stuff, only covering the carb when there was one.
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Whenever I clean an engine I just spray it when warm with Castrol Superclean, let it sit for a few minutes then spray it off. As far as spraying on a hot engine, I generally avoid it. Especially because of exhaust manifolds tending to crack. Start up the engine afterwards. I have never had to cover up anything and never had a problem, unless it is need of a tune-up (wires and cap/rotor). Excellent way to test wires, spray them with water when running (better with salt water too). If it starts missing....

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I use degreaser and a tooth brush on plastic and a mild wire brush on metal after you loosen everything up then I hit all of it with a lil more degreaser and then rinse it off with hose or power washer.
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would simple green and a hose to wash it off work?
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I used to work at a detailing place, and all we covered was the alternator, sprayed the rest with degreaser and high pressured it all off. Then, of course, the detailing afterwards.
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