Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
Like Tree4Likes
Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Motor was sprayed with cleaner then she power rinsed it off. service engine soon Light is on and the motor ...
  1. #1
    rubenmer1's Avatar
    rubenmer1 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2012 CTS Coupe Premium (RWD), 1999 Seville STS
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Age
    46
    Posts
    143

    Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    Motor was sprayed with cleaner then she power rinsed it off. service engine soon
    Light is on and the motor is shaking. Should I start With basic removing coils and
    Spark plugs looking for water? Any other ideas? Dread how much at mechanic.
    Thank you for your help!

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Aztec ETC ECS's Avatar
    Aztec ETC ECS is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): '02 ETC ECS#533, '05 Escalade, '05 AWD Magnum, '74 455 OLDS
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    NYC
    Age
    47
    Posts
    1,876

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    I can't tell you how many cars came into my shop due to this.
    Pull codes first.
    Get it up to running temp.
    Start takin' things apart.

    I'm guessing it wasn't at running temp when it was washed.
    I don't recommend ever doing this, but if you must, do it when hot.

  4. #3
    Ranger's Avatar
    Ranger is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): White Diamond '03 DHS (with DTS floor shift)
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Woodstock Ill.
    Age
    66
    Posts
    73,498

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    I'd bet if you pull the plug wires and coils and give them a shot of compressed air or WD40 it will clear up. Sometimes shooting it with WD40 will clear it up without pulling anything.

    OR run it long enough to heat and evaporate the water.

  5. #4
    rubenmer1's Avatar
    rubenmer1 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2012 CTS Coupe Premium (RWD), 1999 Seville STS
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Age
    46
    Posts
    143

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    Thank you for the quick response. Will give it a try

  6. #5
    Aztec ETC ECS's Avatar
    Aztec ETC ECS is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): '02 ETC ECS#533, '05 Escalade, '05 AWD Magnum, '74 455 OLDS
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    NYC
    Age
    47
    Posts
    1,876

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    Sometimes shooting it with WD40 will clear it up
    Ah yes, WD stands for Water Displacement.

  7. #6
    EcSTSatic's Avatar
    EcSTSatic is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1999 STS - diamond white
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Wichita, KS
    Posts
    4,644

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    It has probably already dried out by now.
    I'm amazed that a wife would even think to power wash and engine!

  8. #7
    rubenmer1's Avatar
    rubenmer1 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2012 CTS Coupe Premium (RWD), 1999 Seville STS
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Age
    46
    Posts
    143
    Yes, everything is good now. Wife + power washer and me not around = dangerous. When it comes to the car, she's a clean freak. However, her heart was in the right place.

  9. #8
    Ranger's Avatar
    Ranger is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): White Diamond '03 DHS (with DTS floor shift)
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Woodstock Ill.
    Age
    66
    Posts
    73,498

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    Quote Originally Posted by EcSTSatic View Post
    I'm amazed that a wife would even think to power wash and engine!


    ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by rubenmer1 View Post
    When it comes to the car, she's a clean freak.
    Lucky bastard

  10. #9
    maeng9981's Avatar
    maeng9981 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 14 SRX, 12 Sierra, 00 SLS, 99 Deville 50-year Anniversary
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Age
    23
    Posts
    3,152

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    I think the last car I have power washed was a 84 S10. Too many electrical connections and modules in modern cars.

  11. #10
    Ranger's Avatar
    Ranger is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): White Diamond '03 DHS (with DTS floor shift)
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Woodstock Ill.
    Age
    66
    Posts
    73,498

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    I did my '97 with no problems. I think I did my daughters '04 and a 20?? Japanese SUV of my son in law without any problems. You just need to be careful and use some common sense.

  12. #11
    oldstuff is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 66 convert-93-96-97-97-99 Eldorados
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    McCleary Wa.
    Age
    78
    Posts
    436

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    Aztec
    Correct my memory but is there a drain to get water from the valley or would his starter be covered with water?
    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by Aztec ETC ECS View Post
    I can't tell you how many cars came into my shop due to this.
    Pull codes first.
    Get it up to running temp.
    Start takin' things apart.

    I'm guessing it wasn't at running temp when it was washed.
    I don't recommend ever doing this, but if you must, do it when hot.

  13. #12
    Ranger's Avatar
    Ranger is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): White Diamond '03 DHS (with DTS floor shift)
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Woodstock Ill.
    Age
    66
    Posts
    73,498

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    I don't think the water would drain, but you'd have to really work at it to get that much water in the valley.

  14. #13
    cadi509's Avatar
    cadi509 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2006 STS V Tango int
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Yakima, Wa
    Age
    25
    Posts
    2,157
    Yea it would have to be a lot of water.... Whenever I did mine I used the mist setting on a spayer handle for minimum amount

  15. #14
    N*Caddy's Avatar
    N*Caddy is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 1997 Cadillac STS (BOSE w/AUX In, Massage Seats, URPAS, "Z")
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Age
    36
    Posts
    6,405

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    Never had issues power washing my engine.
    However I rather clean up the engine with a damp rag then wipe it with a dry one.

    There is nothing more relaxing than cleaning the engine, at least for me.
    97EldoCoupe likes this.

  16. #15
    97EldoCoupe's Avatar
    97EldoCoupe is offline U.S. Patent #8,740,532 - www.studkit.com
    Automobile(s): 97 ETC, 04 Bonneville GXP, 2010 Sierra SLT crew cab /4x4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Age
    28
    Posts
    2,470

    Re: Wife decided to power wash my 99 STS at car wash lucky me

    Quote Originally Posted by maeng9981 View Post
    I think the last car I have power washed was a 84 S10. Too many electrical connections and modules in modern cars.
    However, the more modern electrical connections do have better seals to prevent moisture from getting in and causing corrosion. I agree with you though Harry.

    ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by N*Caddy View Post
    Never had issues power washing my engine.
    However I rather clean up the engine with a damp rag then wipe it with a dry one.

    There is nothing more relaxing than cleaning the engine, at least for me.
    N*Caddy you are a true car nut. I am proud to know you


    Need parts for your Northstar Engine? www.northstarperformance.com

    Jake Wiebe, developer of the SureGrip™ Cylinder Head Stud Kit

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting