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Old 08-07-2009, 08:29 AM   #1
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How Often Do You Hose Down/Clean the Engine Area?

Haven't really seen this one posted, but I'm curious how often people do or do not take their Saabs and clean out the Engine area? What do people usually do as a routine when cleaning this area and is there anything that can be applied that keeps the engine clean/resistant to fluids leaking around?

I ask this because everytime I go to wash my car, I put the engine cleaner and hose down the engine compartment with the pressure hose. I go to the self-cleaning place since I don't have a pressurizing type of hose. I don't know if it is in my mind, but the car seems much calmer after I do this?
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No hosing, just degrease and detailing sprays.
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power washing engine isn't the greatest idea as it can loosen electronics and get water in places it shouldn't be.

x2 on sprays. i just used a good foaming degreaser on both my cars and it worked great. put it on let it sit and used a light mist of the hose (no pressure) to rinse it out. then after it dried ran the car for a while to clear out the smell and completely dry it out. worked great. then if you want to really get into i use rogs and some simple green (i think that is safe on the hands rubber etc..) oh yeah and when you use a degreasing spray make sure your car isnt on pavement or cement that you care about as it will destroy it.
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Definitely agree about not pressurizing because it can loosen things or do things, but I don't think it's too big of a deal to do it every once in a while or hopefully I haven't done anything bad to my car!

I'll try the engine cleaner/foam. Is this the stuff from auto parts places or can I use the engine cleaner at a wash place (it's a purple looking foam that comes out...might even be green...forgot the color...just the switch one puts on that says engine cleaner).

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Never pressure wash, but I do clean the engine bay on a regular basis on all 5 cars. Probably once every quarter or so. A clean engine block not only looks good, but also allows you to find any leaks you may have so you can nip them in the bud, plus keeping the thick grime, oil and gunk off the block allows the engine to cool itself more efficiently.

In seriously dirty engine bays, it takes a bit of elbow grease and time to get that crap off, but if you do it regularly, all it really takes is something like Gunk, Engine Brite, Simple Green, etc. and a gentle hosing off. Just be sure to protect some of the more delicate electronics: Distributor (classics), connectors to the DIC, etc.
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I used the "engine cleaner" setting at the local car wash 2x when I first got my Aero cause it was damn dirty. Not oil, just tons of road grime, and it made a big difference. As long as you don't use the full pressure setting, you should be fine, after all they were designed to get wet.

Simple Green is great, but don't let it get down the dipstick to the oil, cause it literally breaks it down.
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Simple Green is great, but don't let it get down the dipstick to the oil, cause it literally breaks it down.
i forgot to mention that. yeah.. very bad to get it IN the engine. on the outside though it works great.
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Anyone has tried that spray with a lemon scent?
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Anyone has tried that spray with a lemon scent?
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use it on wood not the car.. sorry... lol
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I meant engine bay cleaner. There was one at autozone the other day but decided to go with the regular one. It kinda stinks.
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I cleaned the viggen's engine bay pretty extensively when I bought it - toothbrushes, cotton swabs, and degreaser. No pressure washing.

Since the initial cleaning I'd say have given it a once-over every half year. And of course, whenever you take something apart, clean the new areas you can get to.
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about twice a year, I'll get out some wheel cleaner, put it on a sponge and scrub, then hose off with a shower spray hose dealy. I dress with tire shine afterwards.
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Got some engine "gunk" and sprayed it, then went to the wash and used the pressure hose, but on a lighter setting (don't have to hold the thing full bore), and then I used the engine cleaner at the wash. Probably a bit overkill, but seems to do ok. I think from this point on, I'll use the wash procedure with a light spray down vs. full pressure like I have done in the past a couple of times only. I'll be looking for some of that lemon stuff though too.
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I clean mine ALL the time.
I tend to use a degreaser, like purple power in strong concentration, and then hose it down.

I almost always do it while the engine is warm so that a: the oil comes off faster, and b: the heat dries up any water that might pool in places I didn't want it to.

Once you clean it, it's MUCH easier to keep clean.
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tons of road salt and grease... Used both Purple Power/Water mix and GUNK Engine Brite






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Old 03-19-2010, 04:16 PM   #18
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put the hose on mist and used a rag to wipe it all down.
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I blast the hell out of mine on a regular basis. Pressure wash, or hose on high pressure.

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Ditto. high pressure for me, and always while the engine is warm/hot.
that way, the grease is already liquid, and blasts right off...
and, if I get stuff wet, it dried quickly
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