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Love a nicely cleaned engine bay

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Love a nicely cleaned engine bay

How do these guys do it so fast? This was done in 45mins, first time cleaning the engine bay in the 7 years I've had the car. It was so filthy. When I try to do it, it takes a whole day, I'm exhausted after and I don't get it anywhere close to this clean.

They cleaned it right down to the bottom including inside of the hood.
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theurbansuburban wrote: Looking good. What did you use to clean?
I got it done at my Honda dealer since they only quoted me $50 to do it and $20 for a synthetic oil change which was too good to refuse. Got shuttled back home and back to the dealer after, well worth it, couldn't pass it up.

Not sure what they used. Curious myself. I could easily waste $40 on product that don't do near as good of a job, plus the time involved.
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Same way you clean your car - use a bucket, fill with car soap, use an old wash mitt and soap up everything.
Spray down with water and common sense - modern cars can take some water no problem - just don't spray directly into spark plug holes, dip stick, alternator, electrical connectors - few drops is not an issue.
Don't pressure wash (although I have done that too on a really dirty car- again just use common sense)
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Some automotive degreaser, some soap, water then a product to make the plastic shine is all you need.
If you clean it regularly like once or twice a year then its easier to clean. If you only do it once every few years then it will be harder.
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Looks good! Deal was well worth it.
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This is a pretty sweet deal. I used soap and water and a cloth and then some armour all a few times. The results are not bad. $50 seems like a good deal for what you got. Now you just need to keep it clean going forward and it will always look new.
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theurbansuburban wrote: This is a pretty sweet deal. I used soap and water and a cloth and then some armour all a few times. The results are not bad. $50 seems like a good deal for what you got. Now you just need to keep it clean going forward and it will always look new.
Next use simple green. Works really really well and no scrubbing required.
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Key to keeping the engine bay looking good is cleaning it regularly not every couple years. I wipe down my engine bay after every car wash. I don't use any chemicals or spray any water in the engine bay (not comfortable spraying water directly at my engine). I usually detail the engine bay 2-3 times a year.

The dealership would of had to use some heavy chemical cleaning agents and really sprayed down that engine good if it hasn't been touched in 7 years just hope they didn't get any water in your air intake.
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If you use soap and water to wash your engine, do you do it at the driveway? I'm wondering how you deal with the greasy water run off? Or take it to a wand wash place and use the wand soap to wash off the engine bay?
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divx wrote: If you use soap and water to wash your engine, do you do it at the driveway? I'm wondering how you deal with the greasy water run off? Or take it to a wand wash place and use the wand soap to wash off the engine bay?
If your engine bay is dirty I doubt soap will do you'll need a cleaning agent, degreaser etc. I also heard it is a good idea to tape off electrical parts and electrical connections before spraying and be careful of getting water into your air intake.
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kev604 wrote: If your engine bay is dirty I doubt soap will do you'll need a cleaning agent, degreaser etc. I also heard it is a good idea to tape off electrical parts and electrical connections before spraying and be careful of getting water into your air intake.
Right, I got that part. But are you just letting the degreaser and water washdown your driveway?
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kev604 wrote: If your engine bay is dirty I doubt soap will do you'll need a cleaning agent, degreaser etc. I also heard it is a good idea to tape off electrical parts and electrical connections before spraying and be careful of getting water into your air intake.
Yeah I've seen people tape off their electricals. How do you get water in the intake though?
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r1lee wrote: Yeah I've seen people tape off their electricals. How do you get water in the intake though?
You don't, lol.
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Warm water + Dawn soap and sponge is the best for this purpose. Not a big fan of using acidic engine degreasers on important components. They also suck for the heavy dirt and grease that you find in engine bays.

If Dawn soap is good enough to clean birds covered in heavy crude oil, it’s more than good enough for my engine bay.

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