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Old 03-20-2015, 12:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cleaning under the hood?

Below there are 3 videos from YouTube, are all of the following safe methods to wash under the hood of our Civics?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSCLaRRdYXE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_pt6j6HjFA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8O-0U7_qzs

Personally, anything with water makes me cringe because I feel like I am going to destroy the vehicle... But then again, I am no expert. Thoughts?

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Old 03-20-2015, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you for the links!

I use wd-40 to clean up the junk around the car and get that plastic to shine.

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Just don't use a super high pressure hose and don't aim it directly at parts like the alternator or ECU. If the engine bay couldn't get wet, how would you drive your car in the pouring rain?!

If your engine bay is super dirty, buy some Simple Green, dilute it according to the instructions, douse the engine bay with it and let it soak...then just rinse with some low pressure water from the hose. You can agitate the harder to reach areas with a soft bristle brush. Dry with a microfiber towel and protect and shine the plastic pieces with some 303 Aerospace Protectant.

There's tons of information on these things in the Detailing subforum, just search around.
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Thank you!!!
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Noice!
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for the links, I need to do this to mine. So gunky under mine.
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I didn't watch the videos but washing your bay is SUPER easy and really you only need a few things. Brush, some kind of degreaser, water, and plastic dressing of choice.

1. Open hood and spray everything with hose (dont be paranoid you really don't need to cover up anything unless you have open filters. Even then I just avoid mine from being sprayed directly.

2. Spray everything with degreaser and let it set for a quick sec and start scrubbing everything with a brush.

3. Rinse it off and start car for 5 min with hood partially closed to help dry.

4. Open hood and dry any standing water before spraying with dressing of choice.
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I like drive the car before I was it, to get the engine in operating temps. It's easier to de-grease when the engine is nice and hot. If it's especially dirty, I'll use GUNK heavy degreaser in the aerosol cans. It works great for just spraying on. If it's not that bad I'll just douse everything with simple green. Then I'll use some protective dressing like meguiars natural shine.
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Simple Green and a running hose is all you need.
That's how I got mine engine bay like this
Oh and some armourall
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o wow i'd love to this to mine ^^^^^

Last time i used simple green it left nothing but a horrible smell in my engine bay and not to mention it didn't really work
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