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Old 09-15-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Engine Bay Cleaning

This can be used on just about every vehicle but these specific instruction's are for 96-present car's.

Start engine, get it warm, not hot, just nice & warm. As an example if the car was fully cooled, run it for 5-8 minute's, turn off engine.

Cover alternator and air filter on intake, Aluminum foil work's great since the engine is warm. Everything else can be subject to light rinsing type spray, lightly spray entire engine bay with water from hose, you will see some light steaming, this is good.

Spray the entire engine bay, including firewall, plastic part's, loom's, coil's and hose's with simple green. Set the hood down, not fully closed, just to it's safety catch point, and go find something else to do for 15-20 minute's. Let the simple green do it's work. Closing the hood let's the simple green interact with the steam you created with the warm engine. This loosen's the tough stuff up so you don't have to work so hard in those heavily soiled area's.

Open hood, look for heavily soiled area's, wipe them with a rag, use more simple green if necessary. Rinse lightly with hose. Spray entire engine bay with F-21, It foam's, coat everything just like the simple green coating. Close hood again, walk away for 10-20 minute's or until nearly all the foam has dissipated open hood, wipe up any area's that water settled and such. Wipe up any area's that the F-21 didn't dissipate on it's own.

You will note that the F-21 restore's the black plastic part's to the same oem flat black color they were when new.. It leave's the paint shiney with no streak's on the fender's and firewall. Best of all, it is not greasy to the touch.

Pleast note that on some other car's you mite have to cover up more part's.
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Re: Engine Bay Cleaning

I'm going to have to try it on my 92 F150, if it cleans that thing then I really will be impressed
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Re: Engine Bay Cleaning

Coil covers... seal up the coil covers or you will be sorry. Particularly around the back where the harness exits the coil cover cavity. Water can run down in there and seize up a plug in the head... not a fun situation.

Also, I'd recommend sealing up the fuze block and any under hood accessory fuses you have added.

Be VERY thorough in your covering of the alternator (particularly on the cobras) as they are a PITA to change and are weak to begin with.

This is taken from other forums as I have never hosed down an engine in any of my cars, I simply keep up with the cleaning from the time they are new. If an engine bay on a used car is a disaster, I'll pass on buying the car... but that's just me.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Engine Bay Cleaning

Thanks alot Hellfyr I'm no expert and that is good to know I never even thought of that myself. It's also good to know for when I get my 04 Cobra.
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