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Old 02-14-2008, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How To Clean Engine Bay?

Probably a newbie question but what or how do you guys clean the engine of the car. I was thinking of just going to a coin-op power wash bay and just give it a good spray but ... thought to ask first just in case. Any particulars to be careful about?

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Old 02-14-2008, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i just wipe it with a damp paper towel. then i armor-all the $H!T out of it to make it look new and shiny.
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Good idea!

But the battery area looks a bit ... corroded, anything I can do about that?
So no hoes down, eh?
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Probably a newbie question but what or how do you guys clean the engine of the car. I was thinking of just going to a coin-op power wash bay and just give it a good spray but ... thought to ask first just in case. Any particulars to be careful about?

Thanks in advance!!
if you got a brand new car. don't ever use any cleaner yet. that will look your engine bay shiny but afterwards dust will build up faster.

what you can do is use like clean towel and a pressure air or blower, spray and wipe spary and wipe.

then everytime you carwash your car do the same routine. that make your engine looks new.
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Good idea!

But the battery area looks a bit ... corroded, anything I can do about that?
So no hoes down, eh?
you can use a dry sponge scrub to get the corrosion out.
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you can use a dry sponge scrub to get the corrosion out.
To hope of me not sounding like an idiot, I won't shock myself doing that, right? HAHAHA!!

It's been more than 6 months and it looks pretty bad
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I Havent Clean It For A Year
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To hope of me not sounding like an idiot, I won't shock myself doing that, right? HAHAHA!!

It's been more than 6 months and it looks pretty bad
Ive had mine for 2 years and my battery looks brand new. I have no idea why. I havnt cleaned it. I just clean my engine bay.


You cant get shocked from your battery. Your body has too much resistance. You can touch both neg and positive with your fingers and nothing will happen. Just dont touch them to metal. And if youre removing the battery, dont accidently touch the two terminals which your wrench. It will get REAL HOT REAL FAST. Hot enough to weld itself.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Probably a newbie question but what or how do you guys clean the engine of the car. I was thinking of just going to a coin-op power wash bay and just give it a good spray but ... thought to ask first just in case. Any particulars to be careful about?

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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cover the alternator and ECU.
I used Mother GOLD Car Shampoo solution and a little bit of detergent to take out those nasty stains under my hood. Just be sure to rinse them off immediately and the wipe with car shampoo solution and rinse again. Do this until you take out completely all the stains. For the engine bay, it was all car shampoo solution. It takes time but I did get my desired results.

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Old 02-15-2008, 04:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Cover the electronics and use a pressure washer.
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:30 AM   #12 (permalink)
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has your car been wrecked in the front?
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:02 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I have heard some 8th civic members mention Simple Green as a great solution to use for gunk and grime in the engine bay.
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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How to clean your engine bay. Simple Green extreme is the best solution for the simple green products. The regular simple green will give you some water spotting and is somewhat rough on some of the items in the engine bay.

I hear meguiars makes a good degreaser that works really well. I just never used it. I used simple green extreme on my Prelude , it works very well and is meant for a aircrafts , so it wont corrode a thing (Rubber/Plastics or metal.)

Otherwise Ive heard some really good things about that meguiars product. Ill look up the product name later on. Afterwards just use some rubber/plastic protectant. If you want it looking newer.

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Old 02-18-2008, 07:00 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Can you use simple green on the interior as well, I have a light tan interior and from scuffing it with my hockey sticks, and things like that I have left marks...can you use simple green on plastic or just metal surfaces?
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Drive the car until the engine is warmed up.

1. Disconnect negative battery terminal
2. Spray simple green **everywhere** imaginable in the bay
3. Sit for 3 minutes
4. Hose down entire engine bay with garden hose.

5. Win.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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yup simple and green is an amazing product, especially in cleaning the engine bay.
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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where is the ECU located?
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:59 PM   #19 (permalink)
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previous posters w/ pix. did you guys remove the heat shield liner on the underside of the hood? i dont know what its called exactly, but mine has a foam/fiber(ish) lining attached to it with push fasteners... why the removal?
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:20 AM   #20 (permalink)
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nobody knows where the ECU located?
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