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Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, detail engine compartment in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; hello all, Just curious what is the best way to detail the engine compartment. In the old days with older ...
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    detail engine compartment

    hello all,
    Just curious what is the best way to detail the engine compartment. In the old days with older vehicles I would just soak it with simple green, let it soak a bit and hose it off. This kept all connectors clean, biodegradable, and never hurt anything. I am reluctant to do it with this vehicle because there is just so much computer stuff I dont want to fry something. the vehicle is a 97 eldorado etc not sure if it matters though.
    thank you
    Jim

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    Re: detail engine compartment

    Time, patience, beer, brushes, rags, long sticks, fuzzy hobby pipe cleaners, spray bottles of mild dish detergent mix and plain water.

    Your engine has a large valley and the intake manifold does NOT seal the valley and starter motor. As you posted, lots of electrical connections - supposedly weatherproof. The alternator, down low on the laft side (front) of the engine is particularly vulnerable to spray and oil drippings from sloppy Oil Doodle employees.

    Your call.

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    Re: detail engine compartment

    twrtoad, your old method is what I do with all my vehicles. I use simple Green, mixed three parts water and one part cleaner. I spray down the engine and let it sit for several minutes. I will repeat this several times if necessary. I then mix up some car wash soap and use a Daytona Speed wheel brush to clean everywhere. I then use a soft spray from the hose to wash it all away. Have been doing this with all of my vehicles for years and have had no issues do to this procedure.

    Don

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    Re: detail engine compartment

    Quote Originally Posted by twrtoad View Post
    In the old days with older vehicles I would just soak it with simple green, let it soak a bit and hose it off.
    It can't be THAT dirty. There is not that much that shows. Gently hose off the wheel house's and fire wall and wipe down the silver beauty cover and it should look close to what it did when it was new.

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    Re: detail engine compartment

    hello,
    this is true it is not that dirty, I just plan on this weekend lifting the hood, and giving everything a decent cleaning. i just tend to find it is easier to spot problems when it is clean versus dusty. I have been that way with all my vehicles. about once a month go through and check everything, keep it running good
    Jim

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