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    Default Engine Bay Cleaning...DIY or pay someone else!

    Hi all

    Needing some advice regarding the above.

    New to the forums and picking up my Signum tomorrow. The engine bay is...shall we say...in need of some attention and I don't know where to start! I heard that steam cleaning these days is not a good idea due to the engine management stuff under the bonnet.

    I'm not very mechanically minded but want to get the best from my motor and keep it looking tip top. Can anyone suggest a 'How to...' to keeping your engine bay clean.

    I'm not meaning spending days polishing and busting a gut (although having spent the last 3 hours glued to this site I'm sure that'll come!) I'm just wanting a nice friendly looking bay that doesn't scare small children when I open the bonnet!!

    Cheers muchly

    John

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    This is a very easy job if you follow some basic tips

    Have a look here -

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...es_engine.html

    and also a wealth of info on www.detailingworld.co.uk

    If you don't have any "specialist" gear, you can make very good progress with a hose pipe, some APC (all purpose cleaner) and a soft brush.

    Did the engine bay on my Vec C last week. I used Meguiars APC diltued 10-1, and jet washed it off, and dressed it with Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber. Looks the business and took about 10 mins.

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    Thanks Jeff!

    Think I'm just paranoid about breaking something. Some good advice. I'll give it a go.....

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    Just be very very careful of the alternator.

    I think I ******ed mine on my old Vec B... I did the engine bay clean and it failed a couple of weeks later...

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    Cover sensitive bits with tin foil as per PB's guide. If it is really bad use Meguiars super degreaser or Meguiars all purpose cleaner at 4:1 with various brushes. Ikea dish washing brushes are OK or a paint brush cut down a bit. Avoid spraying onto or overspray on bumper or wings if you do rinse off immediately and re-apply wax. Avoid getting the spray on the belts or alternator. Rinse off with an open ended hose. When doing the top of the bonnet you can put an old dust sheet in the engine folded over a few times to stop the water going where you don't want it to go. Re-apply grease to catch etc. It's a lot easier than it sounds.

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    Tell you what....

    Picked the car up today and the guys have cleaned the bay for me....free of charge!!

    Must have been my comments before I left the dealership. They were saying that they no longer cleaned the engine bay when they valeted cars cos of all the computer/electrical bits in there!!

    Either way they've done a cracking job and I'm well pleased!

    Thanks for the advice though guys. This forum's like my own personal library. FANTASTIC!



    John

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