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Old 09-21-2006, 02:29 AM
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I clean my engine compartment regurarly and thuroughly. the only REAL threat is getting the alternator wet.

but if your battery is good it shouldn't be too much worry. I just clean it at the car wash and use their engine cleaning setting..

***DO NOT GET THE HOOD PAD SOAKED*** it'll fall off with a few wettings.

if you want to do it at home, you could buy some good degreaser from a parts store that is NOT petroleum based. a foaming type is good.
get the engine warm but not hot, spray stuff and let it soak for a few minutes then rince with a strong stream of water, prefferably a pressure washer...

Hope that helps! I'm very happy with the way my engine looks it's nice to work on without having to wash my hands every 5 minutes.
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