Cleaning Engine Bay?

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  1. ZACKMORRIS

    ZACKMORRIS Active Member

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    I purchased a 98 z28 about 2 weeks ago and am gonna give the car a good wash, clay & wax tomorrow. I also want to clean the engine bay. What's everyones recommendation for cleaning the motor/engine bay stuff? I've heard of everything from Purple power to simple green. Suggestions?

    I read the sticky by Scottwax, and was wondering if you still used the Greased Lightning method?
     
  2. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    This is what I do, YMMV:

    I either use purple power or Castrol Super Degreaser on it.

    I cut it at about 4:1

    Go through the engine bay picking out any large chunks of debris.

    I take tin foil and cover up any major electrical I can find like the alternator, my air filter on my CAI, any easy access plugs.

    Start the car and let it run for about 5 mins bringing the engine up to running temperature.

    Spray liberally the chemical that you choose on the engine and let it dwell for about 5 mins.

    I get a brush and start scrubbing out all the areas that I can reach.

    Then I either get the power washer out and spray the engine bay down or I use the hose with light water pressure. I just built up the confidence this year to use the pressure washer.

    Then I turn then engine back on to let it dry off, dab off the pools of water and let it air dry. I go work on another part of the car at this time.

    I come back at the end and take a dressing, ususally a cheap spray tire dressing and spray it on the plastic parts avoiding the belts and then wipe off the excess.

    Boom, you are done.

    I can do any engine no matter how dirty in 30 mins or less.
     
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    fire the motherfucker up and spray it down like Peter North. Just don't blast the alternator (no, I don't cover everything up. no, i've never had a problem.)
     
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    I still use the Greased Lightning stuff. Works great. :)
     
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    I ended up picking up some Simple Green. I couldn't find the Greased Lightning orange stuff. It looks better than it did before, that's for sure.
     
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    Careful, thats heavy duty stuff and is hard on hoses and belts make sure you dilute.
     

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