View Full Version : how can i clean my motor and with what??(pics)

Jan 26th, 2010, 02:57 PM
i just bought this car and my engine is nasty looking.
i am sorry for the size, it was my first time resizing pics

Jan 26th, 2010, 03:13 PM
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Jan 26th, 2010, 03:20 PM
while many people can get into extreme detail about how to clean an engine..i find it very simple..also it seems that this is an engine from a nissan sentra...am i correct ? its a pretty modern style engine and has weather sealing on all electrical...just keep it simple..use a degreaser and let it sit on the engine while its cold, aggitate any harsh areas with a brush, and then rinse clean with your hose and water...then come back with compressed air (or a leaf blower works even better for me) and blast all the water away till everything is dry (this may take a minute or two)..and your done ! then all you have left to do (which is optional) is dress all rubber components if you choose to do so..here is a threade i made on an engine i cleaned at home..it may help you..


Jan 26th, 2010, 04:23 PM
thanks and yea a sentra

Jan 26th, 2010, 04:35 PM
everyone says that using water under the hood might mess some stuff up

Jan 26th, 2010, 04:43 PM
I might... but most are referring to hitting it with a pressure washer. Using just running water to wash off degreaser is pretty safe.

Personally, I now swear by Hyper Dressing after a light cleaning. Just spray it onto the rubber parts and walk away. Looks like you detailed every part of the engine.

Jan 26th, 2010, 05:37 PM
The best products I have used for detailing engines are Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner at 4:1, Hyperdressing 2:1, soap and water, and various brushes and either terry or cotton towels.

http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1009/medium/DSC05897.JPG (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/28118/size/big/cat/)

http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1009/medium/DSC05902.JPG (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/28120/size/big/cat/)

Jan 26th, 2010, 05:55 PM
can i use my foam gun to clean my engine, and what about those rust looking spots on that metal piece, and what about using megs aluminum polish on the motor to polish it up,since i dont have hyper dressing what else can i use on the plastic and rubber parts, i have #40 and tire shine products and ultimate protectant

Jan 26th, 2010, 06:03 PM
The rust most likely isn't going to come out...and #40 works excellent on engines

Jan 26th, 2010, 06:26 PM
As speed 3 said, M40 will do.

Jan 27th, 2010, 05:55 AM
and what about using megs aluminum polish

Jan 27th, 2010, 11:51 AM
and what about using megs aluminum polish

Go for it. I think that head could use some. There's a bit of corrosion on it and I think it will come out nice with a bit of elbow grease.


Jan 27th, 2010, 12:45 PM
aight thanks

Jan 28th, 2010, 11:13 AM
i forgot to add...you asked about #40 under the hood...here is #40 applied to the engine bay so you can get an idea of what it looks like..


Jan 28th, 2010, 02:24 PM
that looks really nice i cant wait to do to my engine compartment,thanks

Jan 28th, 2010, 02:50 PM
that looks really nice i cant wait to do to my engine compartment,thanks

no problem...the only thing with #40 is that it takes a long time to dry if you were to just liberally spray it on and let it air dry (as you would do with hyper dressing)..soi for #40, i spray some onto a brush and apply the dressing manually that way, and as you can see from the picture i posted, thats what i comes out like :)

Jan 28th, 2010, 05:38 PM
If you're hesitant about using a hose under your hood, as I tend to be, you could try a rinseless clean-up job. From the looks of it your motor isn't too dirty so you could probably get by with going rinseless, especially if your car is a daily driver. Pics and description of my method:


Jan 28th, 2010, 05:43 PM
yea it a daily driver and i am a little hesitant do use a hose under the hood since this will be my first time detailing a motor