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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:30 am    Post subject:  Degreasing and cleaning engine bay. Reply with quote

Hey guys, as you all know I've got the swap going on from the 01 to the 02. Motor's out of the 02, so I wanna pressure wash and degrease the engine bay and subframe areas...any known good techniques? I'm trying to clean it all up and get it looking good again. It's absolutely disgusting because the old motor overheated and had the LIM gaskets go bad so it had the dexsludge, and when it overheated thru the overfill tank it went everywhere under the hood....no bueno.

any help is appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Do you have a power washer? That can help with the grease on the subframe when the engine is out.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would recomend a powerwasher, a hot one if you can get a hold of one. Also, Purple Power is an insane cleanser, you just need to be careful about what it gets on.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:50 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Dawn and a powerwasher?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Billoftt wrote:
I would recomend a powerwasher, a hot one if you can get a hold of one. Also, Purple Power is an insane cleanser, you just need to be careful about what it gets on.


I have a pressure washer, old electric one, but it works. To be completely honest I actually have Purple Power in a huge 2 gallon container! I'll put it in a spray bottle and spray the entire thing down. I'm going to try and get the wire harness out of the car because there are a few places where I need to re-wrap the harness, but anyways. Spraying the whole bay down with it and letting it sit for a couple minutes should be good? And then spray it off with the pressure washer?

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Do you have a power washer? That can help with the grease on the subframe when the engine is out.


Yes, I do have a pressure washer.


The only thing in the engine bay right now is the transmission and the car's wiring harness. Going to attempt to remove the wiring harness so I can spray down the ENTIRE thing.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You could spray it down with some puple stuff, let it sit, then hook up a gallon of siding cleaner and hose everything down. Keep you from getting degreaser all over the car and the siding cleaner won't hurt anything.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

davidhoutz wrote:
You could spray it down with some puple stuff, let it sit, then hook up a gallon of siding cleaner and hose everything down. Keep you from getting degreaser all over the car and the siding cleaner won't hurt anything.


I have to cut the paint on the entire car and the front fenders are coming off of this car anyway so I'm not too worried about it ruining the fenders.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would reccomend hosing down all of the loose crud with the powerwasher you can first, then soak it down with whatever cleaning solution you are using next, then agitate and rinse.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Oven cleaner will do wonders BUT that will strip paint off so be careful where you use it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Fearless2005 wrote:
Oven cleaner will do wonders BUT that will strip paint off so be careful where you use it.


I'm pretty sure oven cleaner would be bad for all the rubber.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I got it all done. I used Purple Power in a spray bottle with a stream setting and a spray setting, soaked the entire thing down and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. In the shade of course so that it wouldn't dry up and become useless. I then used the pressure washer and got real up close and got almost everything spotless. Couldn't get behind the transmission to get to that part of the subframe, but everything upfront got a good bath. Came out well.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

davidhoutz wrote:
Fearless2005 wrote:
Oven cleaner will do wonders BUT that will strip paint off so be careful where you use it.


I'm pretty sure oven cleaner would be bad for all the rubber.


Yep which is why you have to be careful with it.
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