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This is a discussion on powerwash engine bay within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by sjsingle1 everytime i accidently use it on alum.......it makes it look like crap.....i like SG.......but not on ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    everytime i accidently use it on alum.......it makes it look like crap.....i like SG.......but not on alum
    Wow, I've never heard that one before. It's always worked great for me. Not sure if you are deluting it or not. But I buy it in gallon jugs and use it to mop the shop floor too. Great for pulling up oil and other spills.
    On the engine compartments, I mix it 50/50 with water in a small spray bottle and squirt it around. Let it soak. Maybe another application for stubborn areas, then a simple rinse.

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    it turns it from nice n shiny...........to dull crappy grey......and full strength is the only way i clean a engine

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    what about struts, do i replace those along with the shocks?

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    the front is not a strut..........its a coil over shock but always change out all 4

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    So exactly what is the difference then? We put strut tower braces on our cars and when I replaced my front (whatever they are) I had to purchase new strut mounts.

    So are you wrong or does a coil over fall under the "strut" category?


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    The way I look at it, a strut attaches directly to the knuckle and is affects the wheel alignment. I'd call the front f-body setup a coil over shock since it doesn't affect the wheel alignment and doesn't bolt to the knuckle.

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    After further research I fully agree they are not technically struts. Apparently the word strut is freely used and calling them a strut would not be far fetched really but coil over is definetly the proper term..

    Back to power washing the engine bay LOL....

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    When I think "struts" I think McPhierson(sp) style setups..
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    Ive used simple green too with no problems. Makes that aluminum shine!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_01_Z28 View Post
    Ive used simple green too with no problems. Makes that aluminum shine!!!
    Ya, that's always been my experience. As well as others I've talked to really like how the simple green brings the aluminum back out.

    Sjsingle is the first guy I've ever heard that says it makes his aluminum dull. Makes me think he has something else going on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    it turns it from nice n shiny...........to dull crappy grey......and full strength is the only way i clean a engine
    Thats why you have issues with it. Even if I have a very dirty spot I only go 50/50 (water/SG).

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    Yep, I believe it even says on the bottles to delute 50%. Makes the bottle go twice as long too.

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    what do you need to cover up when you spray down the engine bay ?

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    I don't cover anything. I just don't spray water directly in critical areas like under the air intake box.

    Something else I'll do is take paper towels and tuck them tightly around each injector. I've heard stories of how the o-rings of the injectors leak, and let water past, filling the cylinders with water.
    I've never had that issue. I would think there would have been drivability issues associated with leaking o-rings, vacuum leaks or something.
    In any event that's the only precaution I take. I also don't use high pressure spray, just a very light water flow.

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    you even cover the alternator ?

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    Nope, it's down so low anyway, I've never sprayed water directly on it.

    Probably wouldn't matter anyway, It gets soaked if you drive it in the rain, so I doubt a little water from the garden hose is going to affect it.

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    oh okay thanks mayne

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