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    Morning all.

    This Saturday im cleaning a polishing my car to the max to be able to take some photos.

    I also want to tidy the engine bay up a little and have a pressure washer at my disposal.

    Are there any parts of the engine i really need to be careful with and keep away from? Or can i just go to town and wash away?

    Keep it on a lower pressure maybe?

    All comments welcome

    Cheers

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    It would be better if you could use a steam cleaner. However, warm the engine up, apply degreaser and then rinse off with a garden sprayer, the hand pump type. You can fill it with hot soapy water and it is easier to direct into the nooks and crannies.

    Or if you have a compressor, try a parrafin gun, again with a hot soapy water mix after the degreaser.

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    With the sheer amount of electrics that a modern engine bay has in it these days, I don't think I'd bother unless it was absolutely necessary following an oil leak etc. In days of yore you used to could just cover the distributer, coil and alternator etc with poly bags and batter in, but I dread to think of the damage you could cause with dampness in amongst all your sensors, fuseboxes, wiring etc these days.

    If you feel it needs a clean, then I think it would be far safer just to clean around as many bits as possible with a clean rag, or a rag soaked in a suitable detergent, then perhaps do the plastic bits with plastic dressing. Just my opinion.

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    Righto Ben5on, cheers for the advice. Just thought id be a good boy and clean more than whats just on view to people.

    Ill be carefull and not use the pressure washer.

    Cheers

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    Makes sense puppet. Engines these days are totally different and very good point with dampness in the engine bay with all those electrics.

    Wet rag it is.

    Cheers

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    I wash mine with the pressure washer every month and have no probs at all.

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    We are not saying dont do it, we are simply saying be careful how much water and what you are pointing it at. You could even try one of those home steam cleaning devices to help move the most stubborn of stains.

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    Cheers guys, ill take it easy and watch what i shoot my load over, making sure i miss all 'sensitive' areas.

    Cheers

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    Lot easier, just not opening the bonnet..... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben50n View Post
    Lot easier, just not opening the bonnet..... lol
    Agreed lol

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