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Old 03-07-2005, 02:13 AM   #1
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Hey gang gotta tip for all us detail freaks out there in bonneville land.

I took advantage of the killer day today and did a little detailing to the regul8r. (Long story behind the name.) During the course of a years worth of oil changes and just generally getting under the hood, my engine compartment was quite nasty.

The cover over the intake had stains on it and so did some of the other plastice pieces.
So what I did was got a bottle of MR.Clean and washed the engine down and also the compartment too.

It really does make a difference in how the whole compartment looks.

Try it out you may just be impressed.

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I used simple green on my car'* engine compartment, and it worked great
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Did you have to dilute the Mr. Clean any? I too have used Simple Green, but never had that good of results.
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you could get by with using a vynal/plastic cleaner. my motors barely get dirty though...
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Hey gang, nope I didnt dilute the MR.Clean down any used it full strength.
I have never tried the simple green, dont know anything about it.

The MR.Clean works wonders though!!


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I use the simple green wipes, works great.
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just wondering guys,

how safe is it to wash the engine compartment?
I guess soft on the water... dont spray in direct locations?
either than that just dose it?
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I also use Simple Green [50/50 water/simple green concentrate]. Works great for even my car.

Largegold: You must protect all electronics by covering them, or removing them. If you have a lot of dirt, and use a pressure washer, I suggest removing the battery, coil pack, and plug wires. Make sure the Maxi-fuse is covered [it is on the firewall behind a plastic cover.. but you don't want that getting wet], and all other electronics are covered [all our connections have Weather-Pak connectors, so connectors and such are safe from water, no worries with those]. Then I suggest using some Engine Degreaser [big bottle of some DISGUSTING smelling stuff], spray it on in advanced [30 min], and have at it with the hose. Then, if you are going to pressure-wash, go ahead. Don't be surprised if you strip some paint while you are at it though [don't use bleach with the pressure washer.. use 100% simple green concentrate]. If you are just using a hose, repeat the engine degreaser step until you have reached your desired clean. After you have gotten the engine clean as can be, uncover all electronics, hook whatever you removed back up, start the car up [make sure the car starts ], and drive around for a while to evaporate all that water [you don't want rust tomorrow, do you?].


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I recently cleaned my bonne'* engine. First time I have ever done more than wipe down an engine. All in all, I am very happy with the results.

THe first thing I did was take a towel, fold it to the size of the coil packs, laid it over the packs and then covered the packs and towel with a bag. I figured if I did manage to get water in there the towel would get some or most of it. I then covered the batter (not really necessary but I did it for ***** and giggles. THat was all I covered. (stock air box so no worries there)

I used some of the orange stuff, comes in an orange see through bottle.

I was honestly, very impressed on how clean everything became. I had serious doubts that the engine would come clean. But it did. I should get pictures.
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The problem with only covering the coils and/or battery is moisture gets in there. And the first time I did this, I just covered up my coils [didn't even bother with the battery] and the car was really hard starting. And I attribute that to me just covering the coils up. However, it could have been something else.. I can't prove it either way. But she never had a problem with hard starting before or after. But anyways.. to be on the safe side, I suggest removing them. If you really don't feel comfortable removing them.. a plastic bag around them, or saran wrap may work alright. Just be sure to cover everything, otherwise that defeats the purpose.

corvettecrazy: did you use a hose or pressure washer?


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