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Old 03-02-2005, 03:44 PM
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Engine Cleaning

has anyone had any experience with zymol engine cleaner? i just ordered some.

what other ways do you clean your engine?
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:05 PM
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zymol is a nice product.
Iím sure the engine cleaner will work great. Like most cleaners you spray it on a dry surface then spray off. But read the directions.
I go to a local car wash with a hi pressure sprayer. In most cases you don't need any cleaner.......
do the engine ..... then jack up the car and do the underside wheel wells etc ...
Word of caution!! keep away from electrical connectors alternators battery etc.
They can take some water but not hi-pressure. It may be a good idea to clean the connections, plug wires and such. You can remove plug wires clean them and then spray with silicone. Clean and water proof.!
I wipe the hoses with lemon plege looks great! Try it under the hood ...and on flat black paint and rubber.
Clear floor wax works great on tires.
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:19 PM
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Clear floor wax works great on tires.
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interesting, i started using zaino tire dressing this last weekend. that worked pretty well, although it seemed to dry unevenly.
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Old 03-07-2005, 04:35 PM
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I cleaned my engine a few weeks ago. Used a few cans of Engine Brite (normal liquid spray type. Planning on trying the gel or foam types soon). Worked pretty well.

WARNING: Image sizes are huge except for the last one. Dial up, go away.


Set-up:
http://dano.pocketrubbish.com/images/photos/cars/IMG_0566.JPG

Degreasing:
http://dano.pocketrubbish.com/images/photos/cars/IMG_0588.JPG

After:
http://dano.pocketrubbish.com/images/photos/cars/IMG_0603.JPG

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It's a lot easier if you get a few things out of the way. I removed the air cleaner housing, headlights, coolant overflow tank, windshield washer tank, fan shroud, and the plastic cover under the engine. Next time I do this, I'm going to removal the radiator and aux fans (also planning on doing a lot of other tune up stuff, so it will be nice to get the radiator out anyways). I covered anything that looked like it could be damaged by degreaser or water, like the ABS unit ($2,500 to replace, so baby it), pretty much everything behind the first firewall. Throttle body, dizzy, and a few breather holes also had to be covered. Anything electrical was covered and cleaned seperately afterwards. Get ready for a lot of scrubbing. Wear some thick yellow gloves, and if you can, do it OUTSIDE. I made the mistake of doing it in my garage. Got a tad dizzy. Having a cigarette probably wasn't a very safe idea either.

I also used some tire dressing stuff on all the hoses. Worked pretty well. Don't put anything on the belt, you don't want it sliding around. Once you are finished, put everything back together, rinse it again, and turn the engine on. You get to enjoy some neat steam clouds as the water evaporates off your headers. The neighbors may stare at you confidently smiling at what appears to be a car about to explode, so this simple task may actually increase your manliness factor.

I'm getting carried away.
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:56 PM
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cleaning engines compartments.

I have found that using massive water preasure can get you in trouble and get water into electrial parts you did not intend to get wet. Using a sifon fluid gun you can surgelly do you cleaning assisted by air from your compressor and not get as much water into unintened places.
One thing to remember is that a cool engine is the preferred medium for cleaning.Masked of fused box and battery and any alarm equipment is also a good safety caution.
I prefer to mix a none caustic cleaner like simple green with a gallon jug of warm water water. I dip my spay gun hose into the gallon of warm water after I have sprayed the areas and they have enough drewll time to loosen the dirt and go to town sort of like a dennist does . As I finsih up I will take the hose out of the gallon jug and purge stright air carefully into the areas effected by my cleaning.
It is not recommended that you spray the engine with Dymentel silcone like armer-all to get a shinney look as theis can contaminate the oxigent sensors .
If you must have shinny hoses put this protectent on by hand and a rag.
Start up the engine and let it reach operating tempture to check all the sensors are running in order.
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Having a cigarette probably wasn't a very safe idea either.
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The neighbors may stare at you confidently smiling at what appears to be a car about to explode, so this simple task may actually increase your manliness factor.

I'm getting carried away.
i dunno, my neighbors already think i am nuts not much could persuade them otherwise...
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Using a sifon fluid gun
a paint gun?

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you can surgelly do you cleaning assisted by air from your compressor and not get as much water into unintened places.
if i had a compressor...

my friend has an e55 kompressor and an sl55, do they count.
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if i had a compressor...
Just finished cleaning my engine compartment this past weekend, in the following manner.
1. Spray a gentle amount of Simple Green at the most soiled spots.
2. Let soak for about 5 minutes.
3. Get your handy-dandy weedsprayer full of hot water & spray away.
4. Inspect & repeat if necessary.
5. Spray some WD-40 on the metal parts of your choice.
6. Apply rubber dressing to hoses, etc.
7. Congratulate yourself, have a beer & plan to do it again in about 6 months.
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Just finished cleaning my engine compartment this past weekend, in the following manner.
1. Spray a gentle amount of Simple Green at the most soiled spots.
2. Let soak for about 5 minutes.
3. Get your handy-dandy weedsprayer full of hot water & spray away.
4. Inspect & repeat if necessary.
5. Spray some WD-40 on the metal parts of your choice.
6. Apply rubber dressing to hoses, etc.
7. Congratulate yourself, have a beer & plan to do it again in about 6 months.
thats a good idea, i like that. weedsprayer....hmm. i should get one.
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thats a good idea, i like that. weedsprayer....hmm. i should get one.
Well,it's what about $ 20.00 bucks?
Doesn't get too much pressure ( to hurt anything ), and.............you can justify the purchase to your wife.
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In re: using a weed sprayer to rinse. This type of sprayer does not have the pressure nor the volume of water to completely rinse off the chemical product being used. An incomplete water rinse will leave a residue of the degreaser/cleaner and that's not a good idea. I'd use a garden hose.....carefullly. JMO.
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Well,it's what about $ 20.00 bucks?
Doesn't get too much pressure ( to hurt anything ), and.............you can justify the purchase to your wife.
yard work, not a big fan.
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Cleaned the engine again. This time I used some tire spray stuff to give the plastic some shine.

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so i cover everything behind the first firewall?

here are pictures of my car, sorry the first few were a mistake...

http://benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1204862&posts=2&fid=37

could anybody tell me by circling the parts that i need to cover???
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