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Old 03-19-2007, 12:19 PM   #11
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The best practice to cleaning an engine is to spray on the cleaner, wipe or scrub...

Start the engine and with it running hose it off. If it sputters or acts differently in any way than normal, you are in need of something ignition related.

Run the car until it'* basically dry.
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If it sputters or acts differently in any way than normal, you are in need of something ignition related.
or you blasted a vacuum line loose
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If you unhook a vacuum line with normal hose pressure (30-40psi typically) then you needed to address that issue and now have the opportunity.
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If it sputters or acts differently in any way than normal, you are in need of something ignition related.
or you blasted a vacuum line loose
or there is an open coil in the alternator
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:27 PM   #15
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Basics are.. if it acts funny when you hose it... it'* time to fix the bad part.
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:56 PM   #16
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Meanwhile.. I did notice your #1 and #4 plug wires are reversed
You are wrong. Look Again.

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Did you cover your coils before spraying? Or just waited until they were all dry before starting?
I always turn the motor off, let it cool down for at least 30 minutes. then covered alternator and also covered air filter. Everything else was exposed.

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Just a question though, is there a specific reason you gapped the plugs at .52?
Becuase I plan to run a 3.3 on there as a daily driver once I get a few more things worked out. With a 3.4" Pulley, 0.55 is reccomended but I chose do do between 0.50 and 0.55.

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and just incase you have any unforeseen problems you should always run the car while doing this..
I strongly disagree, I use something which is equivilant to a pressure washer, with a hose I can understand but I do not want to spray the electronics, even when I spray the battery it will arc out if I'm not careful, I go thru a LOT of water under extremely high PSI, bob (aka EchoSSEi) can testify to the method I used since he was there when we did his car.

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The best practice to cleaning an engine is to spray on the cleaner, wipe or scrub...
Start the engine and with it running hose it off. If it sputters or acts differently in any way than normal, you are in need of something ignition related.
Run the car until it'* basically dry.
Again, I always do it with the engine off, if I have a vaccum problem or ignition problem I spray TB cleaner all over the vaccum lines to find it.
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Uhhhh, who'* GTP is that?
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Uhhhh, who'* GTP is that?
Ian, my roomate, he is a member here but rarely posts anything. He drove my car and decided to spend all of his tax refund on mods now so he can keep up.

Once he gets a FULL tuneup done the same treatment will be done on his engine bay, he is in desperate need of plugs and wires, one was completely dead hence the reason for the belden wire on cylinder 3..right now it was just rinsed out.
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Hans, the 1/4 swap was a little ribbing. You can swap them all you want between a single coil, and it makes no difference. 2/5, 1/4, and 3/6 can all be swapped.
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And furthermore.. starting the engine before hosing is good reasoning. Especially if you are cleaning a car with a distributor cap.
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