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post #1 of 19 Old 08-14-2009, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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How to Detail Engine Compartment

How to Detail Engine Compartment

Needed supplies:

Garden hose
Plenty of water
Scrub brush
Spray Nozzle
1 gal Ziploc bag
Simple Green (32 oz)
Microfiber cloths or terry towels

This is a simple solution of cleaning the engine bay without using industrial degreasers or harsh cleaning agents.

First off, let the engine cool for 15 minutes or greater before spraying anything on the engine. After it’s cooled down, cover any exposed parts of the engine with a 1 gallon Ziploc bag or anything that’s made of plastic since plastic repels water easily. Plastic protects the engine since it’s water repellent.

Once that’s completed, spray the engine with Simple Green, other parts of the engine may need attention if it’s highly saturated. Let it dwell for 15-20 minutes; give it plenty of time to work itself to break down dirt, dust and outside elements. If the engine is extremely saturated with dirt and mud, an optional way is to use a scrub brush. Scrub any hard to reach areas that normally can’t be reached or seen standing in front of the engine.

With the garden hose and plenty of water, spray the engine with medium to high pressure from the nozzle. This will blast away the loose dirt easily. Once clean, wipe away any excess water with microfiber cloths or terry towels. If short on time and one is near by, use a leaf blower. It will dry quickly and cut the time in half.

If the following procedures are done correctly, you have successfully cleaned the engine bay of your Versa without hassle.

Note: Simple Green is aluminum corrosive, so avoid spraying it on anything that’s aluminum or metal.
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i havent tried this but i want to see a video of this thing being done :P
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not exactly the way o clean my engine when it needs it but i also know what not to spray down to keep the engine running. Use a pressure washer and simple green for the really tough stuff brake cleaner.
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This kinda thing FREAKS ME THE EFF OUT.

On the one hand, every service guy I've ever spoken to says the car won't be 100% after that.

On the other hand, I've seen a guy in a Volkswagen Phaeton roll up into one of those Do It Yourself bays, pop his hood, and then proceed to spray the shit out of it - with the engine running! Then he just drives off like it's no thang...

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I saw someone do that - He was driving a 350 Z. Definitely odd to see!
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Yeah, I don't recommend spraying the engine while it's running. I need to get some video tutorials up soon for you guys.
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Yes, please! And make sure you clearly show us what exactly needs to be covered with plastic! Thanks!
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I've always used engine degreaser and carb cleaner.... works for me

lets be SE-Rious and SPECiVic
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i have yet to clean mine after 2 years, and it shows... lol
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Spray comet (bathroom cleaner) works well as a degreaser and is cheaper than most degreasers the powder comet works also but it leave a powder mess if not rinsed off well.. try avoidin water around your oil cap and your intake and like was said before make sure u let engine cool no obe wants a cracked anythun :-)
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