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Old 06-26-2018, 10:39 PM
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How much elbow grease did the original before and after pic take?

Is thia literally just spraying rhe degreaser on there and spraying it off with a pressure washer or what?
Yes- spray it on at home, drive to the car wash, pressure wash, and enjoy your clean engine and bay.
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:42 PM
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Our local coin op car wash seriously frowns on open hoods in the wash bays, and backs it up with the threat of $250 fines. They say the water is recycled, and given the storm drains go straight into to river or sound, I don't doubt it.
Of course, there are a few unnamed spots that will let you use the spray gun if you tip the operator and send him across the street for coffee..
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It does not seem to be a problem around here. One of the options is engine degreaser, so it must be okay to clean engines. I have even brought engines/transmissions on my trailer and power washed them after spraying on the degreaser at home.
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:49 PM
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Just ordered a gallon of Degreaser from Sam's Club any precautions to take when using the Water wand on the engine bay at the Car Wash ?
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Old 06-27-2018, 03:31 PM
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Just ordered a gallon of Degreaser from Sam's Club any precautions to take when using the Water wand on the engine bay at the Car Wash ?
Everything except for the fuse box, air intake and glow plug relay can take all the power wash available. With the covers on, I doubt it would be a problem, but it is good practice to keep the high pressure water away from electrical items anyway. I have never had a problem with water ingress anywhere.
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Old 06-27-2018, 08:02 PM
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" Is thia literally just spraying rhe degreaser on there and spraying it off with a pressure washer or what? "

I never use pressure washers because they cause so much damage .

I use soft bristle brushes with this and other de greasers then a controllable garden hose nozzle to rinse everything off .

Be sure to rinse extremely well as any cleaner residue on alloy parts will cause corrosion quickly .

No way to do this sort of cleaning without you getting very dirty, that's the nature of the job .
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:10 PM
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I always used Simple Green - it's not so caustic like some products so it will likely not damage things - mist the area with a little water, then spray SG full strength and give it 10-20 min for it to work. Then rinse it with a stream of water but don't get it into the engine intake and if a gasser, avoid the ignition components. But you probably know that...
I used this method on my 91 300D 2.5T and the engine compartment is pristine. Do it when you notice grease building up and it'll stay clean.
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Old 06-29-2018, 03:24 PM
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Everything except for the fuse box, air intake and glow plug relay can take all the power wash available. With the covers on, I doubt it would be a problem, but it is good practice to keep the high pressure water away from electrical items anyway. I have never had a problem with water ingress anywhere.
I whole-heartedly agree, and I'd also like to add that I use a bit of plastic wrap and a rubber band to create a seal over the brake fluid reservoir cap. There is a tiny vent hole in most caps - and keeping moisture out of the brake system is always a good idea.
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I always used Simple Green - it's not so caustic like some products so it will likely not damage things - mist the area with a little water, then spray SG full strength and give it 10-20 min for it to work.
The US Army sure managed to damage a bunch of helicopters with Simple Green.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:29 PM
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Members Mark Heavy Duty Degreaser from Sam's Club

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I have cleaned several engines/engine bays with this (Members Mark Heavy Duty Degreaser from Sam's Club), and have found nothing better. Before and after:
Used this today on my 80 300TD engine & entire underside of car, fender wells.
Did Great ! (Sprayed on full strength, drove to car wash then pressure washed off. Wrapped plastic bags with rubber bands over master cylinder, glow plug relay, fuse box cover, climate control, alternator ).
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