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post #11 of 19 Old 06-30-2011, 09:08 PM
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I thoroughly washed my engine bay before I installed the CAI. We covered up a few things with plastic but everything else was washed and hosed down. Car is still the same as it was; it's just cleaner


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An easier way to cover any sensors is using aluminum foil. it easily molds around any electrical sensor, and its easy to spot to take off when you're done. I always take the ground cable off the battery and make sure to cover the positive terminal too. Also if you have a short intake just take the filter off.
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I use P21S Total Auto Wash.

Lightly spray the engine with water (cover intake etc with a bag), spray the P21S TAW, then let it sit.

Wash off while using a brush (from the autogeek website) to access hard to reach areas.

And that's it.
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As a mechanic i will let you all know that water and/or automotive engine degreaser will not harm an engine. Just avoid filter housing, filling that with water = bad. But vehicles now use "weatherpac" sensor and electrical connections meant to keep water out. I wouldn't recommend spraying directly at any of them... But if engines weren't built to get wet, there would be a lot of dead cars on the road any time it rains :P Most shops wash an engine any time they do work on it, at least we do!

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you can find some videos in youtube for this
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There are no YouTube videos right now specifically for the Versa, if you want, why not make one and post it here?

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If you have a little bit of time you can also remove most of the visible plastic in the engine bay and just wash it seperatly. I did this when I changed the spark plugs since you have to remove most of the top visible layer of the engine anyways. Just used a bathtub, dish soap (to cut grease) and an old toothbrush (keep your old toothbrushes for stuff like this, make great cleaning tools).

Here is the engine bay. 80K miles, 3 years old, don't really spend any time in here.



Even washed the intake manifold since I had to take it off as well.





So you can certainly clean it up pretty safely and thoroughly without resorting to pressure washing.
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If you have a little bit of time you can also remove most of the visible plastic in the engine bay and just wash it seperatly. I did this when I changed the spark plugs since you have to remove most of the top visible layer of the engine anyways. Just used a bathtub, dish soap (to cut grease) and an old toothbrush (keep your old toothbrushes for stuff like this, make great cleaning tools).

Here is the engine bay. 80K miles, 3 years old, don't really spend any time in here.



Even washed the intake manifold since I had to take it off as well.





So you can certainly clean it up pretty safely and thoroughly without resorting to pressure washing.

Off topic but I was wondering do we even need the plastic engine cover or does it make the engine noise more noticeable while driving?
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1.6 engines do not have the engine cover so I wouldnt think it change anything to leave it off
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