: Cleaning Engine what do i cover?

01-29-09, 11:35 PM

what do i need to cover its a 97 eldo

01-30-09, 01:00 AM

what do i cover i want to clean the engine its 1997 ELDO

01-30-09, 08:43 AM
I'll go on record as saying "Don't cover anything and don't pressure wash it". Spend a few hours with Windex or equivalent and lots of rags. There is so darn much to cover or just plain avoid getting wet that it's impossible to do properly. Hard to understand how these things, particularly the ones driven in rain, salt, and snow, run at all.

How the detail and dealer (used car) prep shops do it is a mystery, and I'd rather not know........

01-30-09, 11:04 AM
Ignition coils & ICM.

01-30-09, 11:09 AM
Ignition coils & ICM.
i ma not too good with part names so could u tell where they are please

01-30-09, 11:13 AM
the thingy in the back where all the wires for the spark plugs come from
there are 4 cylinder looking things with 2 wires each coming from the top of it

01-30-09, 11:17 AM
And the ICM (Ignition Control Module) is what those coils are sitting on.

01-30-09, 02:58 PM
Already looks clean to me now, no?

01-30-09, 03:09 PM
I have sprayed of my engine with a garden hose with no issues

01-30-09, 05:02 PM
Me too, but I'm a little more leary about it now with the ignition cassettes in the cam covers.

01-31-09, 06:10 PM
I have sprayed of my engine with a garden hose with no issues

The thing about that is all of the electrical connectors have seals on them which are not meant to have water poured onto them. They only keep moisture from the air or normal conditions out. Then you go and spray it down with a hose and water gets into some connectors. The seals then keep that water in the connector which in turn rots the pins.

My instructor says "a clean engine is a mechanics worst nightmare." They tend to have lots of electrical problems down the road.

01-31-09, 07:12 PM
I always wash my engine garden hose or pressure-wash, never had a problem. All I care is not to have the engine hot when I do it. In fact if you go to those coin washes you have the option to select “clean engine mode”. Usually I take care not to poor to much water over the fuse/relay center (especially near the gaps between cover and fender).
Then I just wipe everything for 30 minutes or even more.

Is not like on the old days whit the distributor cap, and the alternator is pretty covered down there.

02-01-09, 10:18 PM
looks awesome but i don't have the luck to come out with only a clean engine after that

02-08-09, 10:27 AM
Spray your fuses with WD40 every now and then. They corrode like mad under the hood of the older platform Sevilles, Eldos, and Devilles.