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    How to clean Under the Hood???

    Hi I want to clean my trans am WS6 under the hood its a 2000, does anybody have any tips on cleaning and what the best way to clean it is, Also whats the best way to removes scratches from your paint?

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    I just cover the computer with a towel and hose it all off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    I just cover the computer with a towel and hose it all off.
    That's just insane...do not douse your engine with a hose! I'm sure there is a sticky somewhere on how to clean up the engine bay. I talked to a guy who said simple gree and a towl did the trick pretty well. Just please don't hose off your engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1998 T/A View Post
    That's just insane...do not douse your engine with a hose! I'm sure there is a sticky somewhere on how to clean up the engine bay. I talked to a guy who said simple gree and a towl did the trick pretty well. Just please don't hose off your engine.
    Granted there is no computer on my 79, but I use simple green to clean the engine bay

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    There is a sticky in the appearance section I believe. I use CD2 and follow the directions on the can.
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    If you go to auto zone there is this stuff called DC2 that I use with and some thing soft with a fine tip and a rag and some comprrest air

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    I use Simple Green diluted with water 50/50 ratio. Spray the engine bay and I too avoid the PCM, air lid and the fuse boxes. The last two I spot clean the tops. Let sit for no more then 10 mins during that time I take a soft brush and rags and go over the areas that have grim built up. Next I rinse with the hose on a soft low pressure setting and lastly I get some non-lint towels and dry all that I can off. I'll do a quick start up to make sure no issues then let it sit and dry out. For shows I have a bottle of Windex to keep any road dust off from the drive.


    As long as you do not flood the engine bay under high pressure you should have no issues.


    I usually only do this during the warm weather (Mar through Early Nov) so I know the heat will evaporate the water.

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    I cant ship any of my cleaning stuff. Looks like I am gonna clean up my engine today. Didnt even think about it until I saw this.

    I personally have only used CD2 and it worked great. Now, my Dad is all about the simple green/water 50/50 thing. Uses it on his ole school car and his truck. Never has any issues.

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    I found an old pic after I had to do a major clean up from my PSP leaking on the alternator.


    I went from this...






    To this using the above method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1998 T/A View Post
    That's just insane...do not douse your engine with a hose! I'm sure there is a sticky somewhere on how to clean up the engine bay. I talked to a guy who said simple gree and a towl did the trick pretty well. Just please don't hose off your engine.
    Not insane. That's what most guys do. Never had a problem and you could eat off my engine compartment.


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    I spray the engine bay with degreaser, let it sit a few minutes and then hose it off. Avoiding the PCM and fuse boxes best I can of course. Then I use my leaf blower to dry it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    Not insane. That's what most guys do. Never had a problem and you could eat off my engine compartment.

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    Hell I pressure washed mine without issue.. Did'nt cover anything either just avoided shooting the pcm.



    Do the same with my H3 aswell..
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    Is steam cleaning or pressure cleaning ok? also do you have to disconnect the battery?

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    Just avoid electric shit and u will be fine. Smittro says he pressure washs his with no issues

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    i hose mine off first to get all the dirt off, and if i have heavy grease deposit i use a product call gunk off to get all the grease out, then i use cd2 turn the engine on and let it penetrate the engine for 15 minutes, after that i let it cool down for bout 20 minutes and wipe the run off's. I've been doing this ever since my first f-bodie and that was back wen i was 17, i never had a problem and my engine bay looks great, just ask spikito lol
    Last edited by reaper ws6; 05-30-2012 at 12:03 AM.

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    After washing things down and drying everything by hand, I always start the engine and let it run for a while to dry everything else off that you can not get to by hand. The knock sensors in the valley cover have been known to have issues with water.

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