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Old 03-23-2009, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I notice at the wash, you can clean your engine. The wash that you do it yourself.
This may seem kinda stupid, but im just wondering..
Is this good for your engine?

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Old 03-23-2009, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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some for of cleaner like armoral or whatever and a tooth brush! seriously, it works perfect.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldn't use any kind of power wash!!
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QUOTE (duraSEL @ Mar 23 2009, 11:13 PM)
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I wouldn't use any kind of power wash!! [/b]
Nor the engine cleaner you get in the spray cans... That is more for small engines that don't have electrical components...
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I have had great results with spray foaming tire cleaners... Mequiars worked the best.
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so is that a no??
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QUOTE (Skindred @ Mar 24 2009, 12:24 AM)
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so is that a no??[/b]
Lets put it this way. I power washed and cleaned my engine with a degreaser. Got it super clean. Let the car sit overnight. And the next day the car started rough and then stalled. Started it again and the check engine light came on and it continued to run rough with a varying idle. And over $500 later at Fords come to find out that water from the power washer had gotten down under the rubber caps on my plugs and fried the front three plugs. I had three cylinders not firing. I will never power wash my engine again! Go with what s2knott told you and use a toothbrush and some cleaner. It's the best way and the safest trust me.
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I've power washed engines in my cars each year with no problems at all, you just need to be very careful, and use those empty Walmart plastic bags you've saved to cover everything thats electrical, like the sensors, coil pack, battery, fuse box, air filter housing, etc. I use the Gumout Engine Brite Gel, spray it on the greesy parts, sit 15 min, I use the power wash at the carwash down the street from me (only do this when the engine is cold). 1 cycle with the soap, one with the rinse. I clean everything else that was covered with a damp rag. Never had a car not start from doing this. Good luck, and be careful
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I've power washed engines in my cars each year with no problems at all, you just need to be very careful, and use those empty Walmart plastic bags you've saved to cover everything thats electrical, like the sensors, coil pack, battery, fuse box, air filter housing, etc. I use the Gumout Engine Brite Gel, spray it on the greesy parts, sit 15 min, I use the power wash at the carwash down the street from me (only do this when the engine is cold). 1 cycle with the soap, one with the rinse. I clean everything else that was covered with a damp rag. Never had a car not start from doing this. Good luck, and be careful [/b]
+1. You'll hear bad experiences all the time. People use full blast on their components holding the gun to close to the engine. I cleaned my 97 SHO engine NUMEROUS times this way and never had a problem. I let the car run while I am doing it and be careful. After, soak up puddles with a towel.
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alright, well i guess ill stick to the safe way and use a tooth brush...
i dont want to take any chances. i have very little money to put towards my car, if i did damage something id be out of a car for awhile.
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