Engine Bay Cleaning

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  1. NOcasio7

    NOcasio7 Senior Member

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    Hello all,
    I was hoping someone can give some tips on what can be done to clean up the engine bay. It seems there is some crud and dust and what not in there. I have a 2015 1500 and want to clean it out a bit. I have heard from some that you can just spray and run a hose in there but just need to cover the battery terminals and some other things... does anyone have any write-ups or tips besides going in there with a rag and going over inch by inch? Thanks in advance all!
     
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    You are going to need a long handle brush, pressure washer or garden hose with adjustable nozzle. Some all purpose cleaner and a Vynol,rubber and plastic dressing. Spray the apc and let dwell for a bit with engine warm or cold. Agitate the areas that are heavily soiled and rinse. When you are satisfied with the cleanliness, use the VRP to dress the plastic and rubber after completely dry. Hope this helps.

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    I have always used a detailer spray and micro fiber cloth with good results... I usually detail mine after each wash. Once you get into that rhythm the subsequent cleanings are quick and easy because the detail leaves a film that repels dirt...
    I use this for my engine bay, cheap and it works great: https://www.amazon.com/Eagle-One-Sh...0819&sr=8-1&keywords=eagle+one+detailer+spray

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    Thank you for the info! Do certain areas need to be covered? any certain products you recommend?
     
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    WOW! That is beyond the results I had in my head. Great work! Do you recommend anything for the initial cleaning? I haven't done much in the bay for 30K miles but once the initial cleaning is done I will definitely be using the detailer and microfiber as you suggested.
     
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    Do you want to get the engine bay cleaned right away or do you have time to research. If short on time, go to your favorite parts store and get some Purple power or citrus degreaser. Meguiars has a good rubber and plastic dressing you can buy at Walmart or parts stores. If you have time to research I suggest Autopia or Autogeek or Detailed Image. Each site is great. As for covering, cover what you do not want wet or sensitive electrical parts.

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    Well, the season hasn't been cooperating too well lately so I do have some time before I tackle this task so I will look into your recommendations. I just like to get what is needed ahead of time and the knowledge so that when the time comes I am more than prepped. Thank you again!
     
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    Personally I never let my engine bay get that bad. I take my truck to the car wash and I spray the engine compartment down every two weeks. If your motor is that bad go get your self some engine gunk and spray the motor down and go to a car wash and spray it down with a high-pressure hose. Motor will come out like new. If you didn't neglect it that bad. I have had cars that were over 10 years old and the motor compartment still look like new. Not too mention it you have a motor leak it is easy to find.
     
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    Thanks. I would take a bucket of water and car wash soap and give it a good wash... Thereafter the detailer will do the job.
     
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    Yup pretty much what everyone said. I used all purpose cleaner and cover anything major electrical like computers etc. Keep in mind, most modern engine bays are weather proof but never bad to be cautious. If you have an engine cover, remove it and clean outside the truck and you'll be able to clean the intake manifold. Also I clean from underneath as well cause when you're rinsing all the shit off the top it goes somewhere. I don't like using dressing but there are some new ones that don't leave a residue or film and won't allow dirt to stick.
     

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