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Old 05-27-2002   #1  
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how to clean engine??

sorry for the newb question but whats the best way to do it?????
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I prefer to pressure wash the engine if it is real dirty. People will tell you not to because of water getting into components but I have been doing this for a long time and nothing really bad has happened. I used to get water in the distributor and the car would run like crap until it dried out. We don't have one so it's not an issue.

I think it's best to just pop the hood every other time you wash the car and go over the the whole engine compartment with a regular sponge and car soap.

Keep in mind that if you use a degreaser to clean the engine, it will get on your paint. It will strip the wax and damage the paint if you don't get it off in a hurry. That's why I don't ever use any kind of engine cleaner. Well, I used it once and it left streaks on the fenders where it dripped down. You don't want to know how long I had to polish to get rid of them.
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I think the safer way would be to get some degreaser and a towel. Just wipe off the areas you want to clean, it maybe a good ideal to also use some kind of rubber protected and spary it on the hoses. This will recondtion the hoses and last longer.
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Meguiars makes this stuff called "EXTRA" and it is a great product. Basically, it just degreases your engine, you spray it on and wait a couple minutes and then wipe off. It is the best product I have used on my engine..
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i use some sort of foamy engine cleaner - spray it on, let it work through the grime, then low pressure rinse - make sure to start your car up right away and let it idle a bit to dry the water out.
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Ok i want to clean my engine as well i know how to go about doing it....the only question i have is do we really not have distributors
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This is question has been posted many times before. Please do a search before you ask a question. Check out the posts from past days. Do a serch on engine in only the detailing forum and you will find a few posts that will answer your questions.
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