Results 1 to 8 of 8

Cleaning the engine bay dangers

This is a discussion on Cleaning the engine bay dangers within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; Hey guys I have a question for you, the engine bay of my truck is getting extremely dirty and needs ...

  1. #1
    Senior Member Transamws6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    DMV
    Posts
    1,036

    NBM
    '00 A4 SS

    Cleaning the engine bay dangers

    Hey guys I have a question for you, the engine bay of my truck is getting extremely dirty and needs to be cleaned. I've never cleaned the engine bay of a vehicle before and am planning to do it in the near future. But, I fear that water will get into a part of the engine where it does not need to be.

    My question to you is, is there any specific places or parts that I need to watch out for when cleaning the engine bay (5.3)?

    Thanks guys

  2. #2
    Life in the Fast lane sunsetorangess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bragg NC
    Posts
    2,835

    Met. Sunset Orange
    01 SS

    Get some good degreaser and use a normal garden hose, no need for high pressure.
    The main things to avoid are the Altenator, & the fuse block.
    I pressure wash engine bay's almost everyday and have never had an issue. Just precautions...
    J
    2001 SS, Its not the car its the Driver that matters....

  3. #3
    Senior Member Transamws6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    DMV
    Posts
    1,036

    NBM
    '00 A4 SS

    Oh ok, will do, thanks.

  4. #4
    Super Moderator
    pajeff02's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Mansfield, PA
    Posts
    21,576

    Black & Blue
    '02 WS.6 / '07 Suburban

    I wash our engine bays 2-3 times a year -- never had a problem. With the engine cold, soak it down with Simple Green, or something similar. Any really dirty areas can be scrubbed a bit. As SSOSS said, keep the water pressure low and avoid the electronics as much as you can.

    After it's all rinsed, I towel dry everything I can get to and then use low pressure air to blow the water out of all the nooks and crannies. Last thing I do is start it up and let the engine heat evaporate any remaining moisture. This tends to be a controversial topic -- the "wash/don't wash" and "Simple Green/Simple Green eats aluminum" advocates run about 50-50 on here.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Transamws6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    DMV
    Posts
    1,036

    NBM
    '00 A4 SS

    Yea, my engine bay is a complete mess, never been washed before.

    But ok, i'll try the simple green that may work out better than some of the other methods, I could just spray a bit of it on a piece of wash cloth or whatever and wipe down the motor by hand so i can make sure that i dont get any water or anything on the alternator or other parts where it doesn't need to be.

    Thanks for all the help SSOSS and Pajeff!

  6. #6
    someday joejenkinsglass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Iowa
    Age
    40
    Posts
    1,120

    green
    98 formula

    In that truck you can pretty much spray everything. Just be careful not to blow the labels off!!

  7. #7
    Senior Member Z06-Goose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    3,276

    Avus Silver
    2007 Audi RS4

    Having an air gun is very helpful.
    Most of your questions have been answered, I will add that using some aluminum foil to cover alternator and electronic items will be the best way to protect those parts.
    Allow plenty time to dry just to be on the safe side...

  8. #8
    Member vette0009's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    U.S.A
    Posts
    117

    Black
    2003 Z06 Corvette

    Cleaning the engine bay dangers

    I found simple green mediocre

    Give this a shot http://www.autogeek.net/3m-foaming-e...degreaser.html

    Gunk engine Brite is readily available at autozone and it works Okay

    Buy some 79 cent a roll electrical tape from Walmart to tape off your electrical connectors or anywhere water can get in

    Mineral water or calcified water can caause grounding or shorting issues so to be on the safe side do not allow water into your electrical connectors

    I had a photo of mineral deposits forming in and around electrical devices and connectors but I can't find it now

    Goodlluck

    Bon

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Question Regarding Cleaning Engine/Engine Bay
    By Badass WS6 in forum Showcar and Detailing
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-07-2010, 05:44 PM
  2. Question Regarding Cleaning Engine/Engine Bay
    By Badass WS6 in forum Appearance Section
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-20-2010, 07:22 PM
  3. Engine Cleaning
    By Pappa Doo in forum External Engine
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-19-2007, 07:20 PM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-01-2007, 11:00 AM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-24-2007, 02:20 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •