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So how does everyone clean their engine? I am always looking for a better way to do this. Right now ...





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Old 12-17-2010, 12:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So how does everyone clean their engine? I am always looking for a better way to do this. Right now I just go to a car wash bay, hit the engine compartment with some spray on soap, and wash off with low pressure spot free rinse. It cleans everything ok, but still leaves it kind of dull looking. Is there something else I can do (without hand scrubbing it) to really clean and shine up the whole compartment? It's not old and greasy, so I don't think I need to use any kind of degreaser. Thoughts?
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They have some spray on stuff that works good, can not remember what it was called.
I will look when I get time this weekend.
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I found it, darn goggle will find anything.
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...0442&ppt=C0090

I have used it before.
I would recommend that you not spray that on the alternator and keep it off the MFA.
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Never heard of it. I might have to give it a try. I don't want anything that will be too greasy, either. That would just cake up with all of the dust we have around here.
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Might try spraying a little on there and then take an old rag and wiping it down so to take off the excess.
It will dry up some what after the motor has run some and it will make it easer to clean the motor the next time.
I never had to deal with the dust like you have out there so I'm not sure how that will work out.
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Might try spraying a little on there and then take an old rag and wiping it down so to take off the excess.
It will dry up some what after the motor has run some and it will make it easer to clean the motor the next time.
I never had to deal with the dust like you have out there so I'm not sure how that will work out.
That is exactly what I have to do with tire detail spray to keep dust from sticking to and caking up on the tires. The dust and wind is just hell out here. The California Duster is my best friend!
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I have been out there a few times and I have seen the wind and dust storms you get out there.
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I have not perfected this task as of yet.
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I'm thinking I may try some Mother's "back to black" on the black plastic parts. This may attract dust as well though.
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Anyone have before and after photos?
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For the plastic items in the engine compartment...

Plexus Plastic polish and cleaner.

Works wonders
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Sweet I will have to check that out!
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Originally Posted by 2010BlkGraniteNox View Post
For the plastic items in the engine compartment...

Plexus Plastic polish and cleaner.

Works wonders
I'll have to check the auto parts stores for this. I've never seen it before.
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Yeah, I don't ever remember seeing it myself now that I think about it.
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http://www.plexusplasticcleaner.com/about.html

Not sure how hard it will be to find locally.
But I did find it at Amazon.
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