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Old 01-27-2007, 02:15 PM
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most effective & easiest way to wash undercarriage?

the 4 suspension areas and the wheel wells, i can somewhat clean them with a brush & running water. but how do i get all the sand & crap off the undercarriage?? do drive-through car-washes effectively clean the undercarriage?

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Old 01-27-2007, 04:39 PM
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Steam cleaner works wonders. Sometimes costco has cheap electric units.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:29 PM
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Undercar Clean-up

Pressure wash for a real cleaning, Karcher makes a bent wand/nozzle for this.

For maintenance purposes put your lawn sprinkler under it for a few minutes and relocate it 3-4 times. This helps to remove some salt.

When washing the fenderwells put some time into the wheel arch lip front and rear, we try to wash that area every time.
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:12 AM
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The only effective way I've found was to lift up the car on all four jackstands, remove the tires and scrub away!

I usually find a way to do other servicing if I have to remove wheels (shocks, brakes, etc.).

With the wheels off, it's a good time to remove the brake dust and crap from the inner wheel rims.

This weekend I was painting calipers on the ML, so I finished off the job with an undercarriage scrubdown!

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