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Does anyone have some good advice how to clean the engine. Is there any special cleaner to use and is it ok to spray the engine with water at a car wash. Just want to make sure i dont hurt the engine while cleaning it. Thanks for the help.
 

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Only use a garden hose (no pressure washers or steam cleaners). The vast majority of dirt and grime will come off with just water but if you want more cleaning power, I use a general purpose degreaser like Simple Green. I spray it on and hose it right off. Stay away from all electronics with direct water stream and take the car for a drive to help dry it off.
 

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I used castrol degreaser (white bottle with purple sticker). spray on hose off... did it twice to get everything. then i ran it for 10 min to let it dry off. then used the air gun to get the water out of areas where is settled.

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Chuck C said:
holy shit, you washed the engine cover off! or was that dirt all along?! ;)
actually the cover got stuck on a we weeks ago when i was doing work... int he process of getting it off I bent 2 of the studs that hold it down so it wont go back on. Besides, i like how it looks better without it. The car actually runs cooler without it. there is too much foam padding on the back of it.
 

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Gunk FOAMY Engine cleaner is good. My preferance is simple green or brake cleaner for the caked on stuff that Gunk won;t take off.
 

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all you need to take it off is a 13mm (i think) socket. and yeah, 2 applications of castrol degreaser, a hose, and some STP protectant for the big platics. I think you can only remove the laster plastic covers. if yours is the metal one, i dont think you can take it off
 
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