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    Default Engine bay cleaning...

    Ok i am a muppet when i come's to detailing as im sure most of you guy's know but i after owning my car for over 2 years im going to give the engine bay a good cleaning but i dont know where to start and how to do it without damaging anything with water etc....

    Nice step by step method and a little list of what product's to use would be great

    Cheers in advance guy's

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    i was thinking of doing mine too but wasnt too sure how to go about it?? I remember doing an old Rover i once had over at the local jet wash and made the mistake of switching the engine off Then the thing wouldnt start for a couple of hours!

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    Thanks mate

    Quote Originally Posted by lochgilp View Post
    i was thinking of doing mine too but wasnt too sure how to go about it?? I remember doing an old Rover i once had over at the local jet wash and made the mistake of switching the engine off Then the thing wouldnt start for a couple of hours!
    TBH i never knew to leave it running

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    i done mine last year and got some of the major eleceys damp shall we say, didnt have any of it and went to safety mode hmmm. done it again last month sprayed some heavy duty truck wash on it missing the wires and other bits!!!! blimey did it come up clean pfffff

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    So basically avoid anything electrical

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    Hi Guys,

    I use a jet wash all the time. Get the engine warm but not fully up to "hot" temperatures.

    Give the engine a good spraying all over with engine degreasant and let it soak in.

    Then a good blast with the jet wash but you are advised to keep the jet away from the ABS control unit.

    Best let it all dry out I usually continue with the rest of the car starting from wheel arches hubs - brakes - suspension - wheels and as far underneath I can get (Note you can't be frightened about getting wet)

    Then the rest of the car. Once finished check out the engine bay and start it. Again let it run until the radiator starts steaming, that means the thermostat has opened up meaning the engine is now up to running temperature, by the all should be becoming good and dry.

    After that a regular fresh water jet on say a monthly basis will keep it all looking good.

    My son even uses an engine shine on his car but he's got a highly modded Astra G GSi with a Courtnay stage 3 conversion. At 266 BHP it goes ----

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin_GSi View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I use a jet wash all the time. Get the engine warm but not fully up to "hot" temperatures.

    Give the engine a good spraying all over with engine degreasant and let it soak in.

    Then a good blast with the jet wash but you are advised to keep the jet away from the ABS control unit.

    Best let it all dry out I usually continue with the rest of the car starting from wheel arches hubs - brakes - suspension - wheels and as far underneath I can get (Note you can't be frightened about getting wet)

    Then the rest of the car. Once finished check out the engine bay and start it. Again let it run until the radiator starts steaming, that means the thermostat has opened up meaning the engine is now up to running temperature, by the all should be becoming good and dry.

    After that a regular fresh water jet on say a monthly basis will keep it all looking good.

    My son even uses an engine shine on his car but he's got a highly modded Astra G GSi with a Courtnay stage 3 conversion. At 266 BHP it goes ----
    im with you on the getting frightened about getting wet im a valeter and do this every day. Engines, arches, inside the doors yes do get very wet sometimes!!! i use wd40 to make the engine shine haha, where you get the proper shine from?

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    WD 40 is a good way of rotting your wiring if done too regularly. I think my son uses a Halfords branded engine shine.

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    No pressure hose for me under the bonnet. I just use APC and various brushes. Rinse off with watering can and dry with both hot engine and old microfibres. To finish I just go over it all with AG vinyl and rubber.

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