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    Hi Chaps,

    After some advice and thoughts on the state of my Engine.

    This **** weather really makes the inside of my engine bay look crap! What do people use to get it clean and keep it clean?
    Getting in all the little nooks and crannies and cleaning it up. There are leaves, feathers, grit and other crap all in there, and after cleaning it only seems to take 3 mins to get back to that state! After something to protect it and keep it clean, though not that awful sticky polish stuff.

    On my old Landy we used to lift the hood, and pressure was the engine to get rid of the mud and grime... Guess I can't do that with the XER though..

    Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VVT-i-MATT View Post
    On my old Landy we used to lift the hood, and pressure was the engine to get rid of the mud and grime... Guess I can't do that with the XER though..
    Why not? I do it on my 1.8 all the time, well 2 or 3 times a year anyway. I am using AS G101 as a degreaser at the moment, brilliant stuff. 4 parts water to 1 part solution in a pump sprayer. Spray on and use a detailing brush to get in to the nooks and crannies and the bits that are pretty greasy or oily. Give it another spraying and then start the car. Pressure wash(avoiding close up on parts like the alternator and air intake. You may need to give it a second going over once it drys as you will no doubt see bits you've missed.

    As for dressing I just use AG Vinyl and Rubber dressing. Spray on and leave for a high shine, or buff off for a matt factory look. Yes it will attract dirt a bit, most treatments will, but now it takes a lot less to get it back to tip top condition. If youve deep pockets buy Aerospace 303. Doesn't do anything different to the AG, but it costs over twice as much, which does appeal to some people.

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    Thanks for that.
    So nowt wrong with giving it a careful pressure wash then even with all the "lectricks"?
    Do you cover up the ECU or anything?
    Just been looking online, the AG stuff seems quite good.
    Need to get one of those pointy brushes now!

    Can't understand how it gets so filthy.

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    I never cover anything up matt. Most cars electrical systems can withstand water very well these days. I don't know where the ECU on mine is, but if it was obvious, like on the 3.0cdti's then yes I would.


    These are the ones I bought.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-valeti...item2576eb4cd3

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    my 1.8vvt doesnt have a belly pan on it hence y the engine bay gets full of s**t might be y yours does to

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    Yeah mine doesn't have a belly pan either... 'spose that's why it's fully of ****e.

    Thanks for the link mate, I'll take a punt on those for tenner me thinks..

    Cheers chaps... here's to a clean engine bay.

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    Done 1.8s before used pound land depressed and detailing brush pressure wash then dress with ag

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    All modern cars have protective coverings in the places it needs to so you can pressure wash the engine bay or if your too chicken get one of them hand guns for the hose pipe and use that, less pressure but does the same job. Ive snow foamed my engine bay before and mine a 1.8 a18xe though (same engine really)

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    I degrease, pressure wash, wd40 the areas that need it, then get out the quick detailers, metal polish and plastic/trim care... Jobs a good en

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Evison View Post
    mine a 1.8 a18xe though (same engine really)
    I thought the Insignia had the Z18XER Mark?

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