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chapel



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PostSubject: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:11 pm

I yanked off the home plate on my lunch break yesterday. Engine is FILTHY
any recommendations on how to clean it?
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:18 pm

hose it down try to avoid the opti area. spray it with some simple green or spray nice hose it down again. blow dry it with a blow gun all the electrical conectors
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:23 pm

avoid heavy duty engine degreasers then?
the top end of the car is a mess. valve covers are thick black oily crusty nastiness. Lots of garbage in the intake valley too.
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:28 pm

Dont do it just before your scheduled brain surgery....cuz....sometimes you end up with stumbling, sputtering...CEL

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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:28 pm

brain surgery?
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:35 pm

sdstick wrote:
Dont do it just before your scheduled brain surgery....cuz....sometimes you end up with stumbling, sputtering...CEL

chapel wrote:
brain surgery?

sdstick wrote:
Dont do it just before your scheduled brain surgery an appointment....cuz....sometimes you end up with stumbling, sputtering...CEL

Fixt

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chapel



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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:39 pm

Oh ok.
I've always avoided using engine cleaners because
1) they're pretty harsh
and
2) because I've never had an engine that was horribly dirty

this car looks like it went for a swim in mud
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:45 pm

I've never babied any of my motors.
My RMW was NASTY & I got 1/2 the mess off with 1 good degrease & high pressure hose
Car spit codes & didnt want to run until I air hosed it down
I WILL do it again cuz I HATE working on sludge covered motors
This time, it wont be at work with no ride home
Last time I got lucky....

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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:50 pm

wish I had an air compressor at my house...

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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:07 pm

Harbor Freight is your friend.....still

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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:24 pm

no room at my place. I left mine at my dad's house
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:26 pm

Put it IN the wagon (where the amp was gonna be) = water cooled

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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:27 pm

lol.
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:30 pm

I use super purple or the purple clean from wal mart, get a spray bottle and start misting, hot engine is best. I use a small wire bristle brush, denture stiff bristle tooth brush or the like to get all the gunk penetrated and loosened. Keep spraying as you go. It's a good idea you put a kiddie pool or large flat tote underneath the engine to catch oil/grease. I then place plastic drop cloths (walmart paint section) over the windshield and fenders and power wash the snot outta her..... Do not spray directly on the opti, PCM, or coil on full blast, give it another spray down with purple and a quick once over in any trouble areas. Rinse with hose or power wash again. Park it in the sun with the hood open. check wire connections and spark plug wires for any that came loose, should be good!!
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:49 pm

http://www.s100.com/s100_tcc.htm

That stuff is AWESOME! Spray on. Let sit. Hose off. Clean and low sheen when dry. Done. Smile

You can get it at just about any motorcycle dealer or shop.

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chapel



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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:02 pm

Thanks. There's a bike shop down the street from me.
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:43 pm

If you really want to clean something good, remove it. Remove, clean, replace. I try not to use water on my motors. Just on the core support/ wheel wells. What I dont want to remove I spray with an APC, scrub a little with a brush, and wipe.


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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:46 pm

I always did mine with the engine running and up to temp. That way the water evaporates faster. Never had an issue.
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:03 pm

^I usually do that, and try not to nail the alternator or electrical stuff with the hose. A lot of my cars have been uh, less sensitive than an Opti-equipped vehicle though, so YMMV. I always used Simple Green, a brush, and a bucket of water for real greasy dirty stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:12 am

If you don't have an air compressor use a leaf blower, they're cheap.
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chapel



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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:31 pm

did the first round of it last night. boy, does that engine degreaser smell.
I'll need to go at it again eventually. I need to get an air compressor to get rid of all the nut shells around the intake manifold.
I dug a few out with my fingers.
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PostSubject: Re: what's the best way to clean the engine on these cars?   Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:11 pm

I watched Fred clean a wagon at WagonFest a few years ago.

Paul, was that your wagon?

Anyway, he just used a hose, dish soap, and a scrub brush. Didn't disconnect anything, didn't avoid any specific spots, and it worked like a charm. He said this was how he cleaned all the wagons he bought.
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