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Old 01-30-2005, 04:56 PM   #1
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Going to the do it yourself car wash and using the pressurized hose to clean under the hood?
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I wouldn't. I have no problem using a hose (after taking off or covering my air filter), but I wouldn't use pressure.

Use a degreaser and garden hose. Repeat for as long as it takes. She'll come clean.
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thank! doing that right now.
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Those DIY car washes are pretty powerful.

I have used a pressure washer to clean out my engine, but I used a very mild stream of water, so it wouldn't blow away anything.
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Don't those car washes have a special mode for the engine.

One arond my city has a button that says "Engine Wax".
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That won't do any good on a dirty engine. You need strong degreasers.
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I take the good stuff I buy at the Parts store.....Like the Foamy engine brite. Get 4 cans of the that stuff and go to town with about 20 bux and start pumping quarters until I'm happy with how clean she is......There'* a low pressure setting at the DIY car wash.....I just don't remember what the setting is if I'm not looking at it.
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I've used the DIY to spray out the engine bay. I sprayed some Simple Green around and let it work for a bit. Most car washes should have a setting for cleaning engine bays, it'* low pressure with some foamy stuff. Cover up at least the intake and alternator.
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When cleaning the engine, is it good to have the motor on or off?
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When cleaning the engine, is it good to have the motor on or off?
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