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    Morning everyone

    Seeing that the weather is lovely at the moment and that my engine bay looks like it never been cleaned, I thought that I would set about this at the weekend.

    Now, this is something I've never attempted before, so guidance would be appreciated and which products to use on what etc.

    I've had a look in the how2 but couldnt see anything on cleaning the engine bay.

    Any detailing gurus out there that could help me?

    Cheers in advance

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    get yourself some of this:-

    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/product...per_clean.html

    pressure wash it off (don't hold the pressure wash at one place for too long)

    when dry spray on some silicone cleaner to bring up plastics etc

    This is what I have done on my current \ previous cars and always bring the engine bay up

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    Quote Originally Posted by damers2000 View Post
    get yourself some of this:-

    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/product...per_clean.html

    pressure wash it off (don't hold the pressure wash at one place for too long)

    when dry spray on some silicone cleaner to bring up plastics etc

    This is what I have done on my current \ previous cars and always bring the engine bay up
    what, you can use a pressure washer in the engine bay with all that water?

    is it completey safe with all the electrical stuff in there and do you need to keep the engine running whilst its being done?

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    So long as you don't keep the lance pointing in the same place it's fine.

    When I do mine I make sure the engine starts to get warm and then leave it running until completed.

    People have different views on pressure washing engine bay etc but so long as you're careful it's fine. After using this method for 15 years I've never had any issues but I'm careful.

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    As per damers post,only i use Gunk ultra degreaser just spray onto the part,s of the engine you want to clean up , agitate with an old paint brush to loosen the dirt then hose off with a power washer . the only pointer i found was on some engines the block has a drain point at one end of the engine , so i just jack the car up at the other end so the water can drain away from the top of the cylinder block
    1.9 cdti,s have there drain hole on the right hand side looking from the front i dont know about 3.2 s having never done one
    Driving vauxhall,s for 30 + years
    and still loving it

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    Yep, engine cleaner and a pressure washer all the way!!! just dont get too close or the pressure could damage stuff, keep the nozzle about a a foot or so back from what you are cleaning

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    I have done this myself a few times and its been fine... as said just dont hold the washer anywhere for two long.

    I was also told to do it (and this is where you propbably will all be horified and tell me it will go on fire or something) with the engine running with a bit of temp in it. This helps to seal the engine etc...

    Not convived it is true or safe but have done it this way with no explosions of fires so far...

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    oh well, seeing that you are all in agrrement with the power washing guess its gonna be OK, as long as I follow what you say about warming up the engine and keep it running and to keep the lance moving.

    cheers for the advise peeps

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    Quote Originally Posted by peelmeister View Post
    oh well, seeing that you are all in agrrement with the power washing guess its gonna be OK, as long as I follow what you say about warming up the engine and keep it running and to keep the lance moving.

    cheers for the advise peeps
    don't quote me on the warming it up part... Im not even sure if thats safe although it has worked for me in the past...

    Make sure the cover is tight on the fues box etc as water here is a BAD THING!

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    I'd better get myself some Gunk Ultra too then! Mine's never been cleaned...

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