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    Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    I have a 2000 GMC Sierra 1/2 ton with the 5.3L V8. I'm considering cleaning the engine compartment but with all of the various components and stuff it doesn't seem possible to cover up the things that might get damaged. The coils alone are all over the place.

    How should I go about cleaning this particular engine compartment?

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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    Im not going to lie... Ive never really cover anything on an engine unless it was an exposed air filter if i do i use plastic bags and foil. you can wrap foil around anything and make it stay... my approach to engine details are as follows

    1. Mist with water to remove loose dirt (not focusing with a stream in 1 certain spot)
    2. Spray down with an APC
    3. Agitate with a brush
    4. Rinse (not focusing with a stream in 1 certain spot)
    5. Blow dry with compressor
    6. Dress engine
    7. Shut hood and start engine for 5 minutes
    8. Wipe off excess

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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    I clean my engine compartment when it gets very dusty and I never cover any thing do not use any harsh cleaners as they will attack the wires I

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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    I appreciate the information.

    My engine has so many wires and things all over it doesn't look possible to scrub or brush anything.

    Looks like spraying with APC and gently rinsing off (i.e. not power spraying) is my best option.

    Thanks...

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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    This is a picture of my engine and all the stuff thats in the way. The other side is just as covered.



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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    I wash about 7-9 engines a day. I spray a degreaser and let it dwell for a few minutes. I don't scrub anything. Rince off with pressure washer and apply water based dressing, close the hood and walk away. Always looks awsome (look at my avatar) and I have NEVER had a problem with any electronics.
    Sorry Meg's but none of what I use on the engines is from Meguires. I wish i could use your products for th engines but just too hard to come by.
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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by THE BIG BUFFER View Post
    I wash about 7-9 engines a day. I spray a degreaser and let it dwell for a few minutes. I don't scrub anything. Rince off with pressure washer and apply water based dressing, close the hood and walk away. Always looks awsome (look at my avatar) and I have NEVER had a problem with any electronics.
    Sorry Meg's but none of what I use on the engines is from Meguires. I wish i could use your products for th engines but just too hard to come by.
    Have you ever cleaned the newer Ford Triton engines (4.6 or 5.4L modular) with your method and if you have, any issues with electrical components?
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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    I tried some APC+ on a couple of areas of the motor compartment as a test but the APC+ had no effect on the grime. Looks like I'll have to move up to a degreaser.

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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    Some time I use a mixture of dawn and water on spots that APC could not remove. Patience and elbow grease goes a long way in detailing an engine compartment.

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    Re: Considering first engine compartment cleaning

    Some time I use a mixture of dawn and water on spots that APC could not remove. Patience and elbow grease goes a long way in detailing an engine compartment.

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