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    Help needed on cleaning engine bay

    As you may have seen the oil cap was not put on the engine in the mk4 golf when filled with oil. Now I have an engine bay of oil to clean, any help advice in doing this would be really appriciated.


    Can I jet wash it?
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    yes you can jet wash it mat just cover the ecu
    use a lot of washing up liquid as thats good at cleaning up oil

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    steam clean is better than pressure washing, or as a DIY pressure washer and a can of GUNK
    why do today what you can...... I'll finish this later

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    coco cola takes oil away... may be a little less harmful than 130 psi of water in your engine bay.

    Hope that helps

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    Lightbulb clean it up carefully

    Your best bet would be to spray some water gently into the engine with a spray bottle, then put some sort of degreaser in it such as Simple Green or Armour All All purpose cleaner etc...

    Spray it onto the oily, greasy areas, let sit for 5 minutes, agitate with a brush (I use a cheap cotton strand dishwashing brush!) if needed and then use a hose to rinse the cleaner off. I take off the nozzle & just use a slow stream of water. Voila, should result in a cleaned up engine compartment.

    I would advise you consider covering up your battery, and some electrical connections if you feel nervous about water getting into these... Peace of mind sort of thing! Good luck.

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    GUNK is a god send, jet washing is ok, but not recommend unless you cover dam near every electrical item!

    gunk and a hose would be my weapons of choice

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    Those paint brushes for painting behind radiators are brilliant for getting in to the awkward bits.
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    cheers for the advice folks, going to be tackling this tomorrow if I find the time.
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    Steam is virtually selfdrying (due to the heat) and none insidious. Whereas a jet wash running at over 1000psi can (and probably) will force water into every single nook and cranny imaginable.

    Best stock up on WD40

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    never have any probs with engine washng with a hot industrial jet was as all i do is dry it with air line afterwards and make sure u dry all plugs and connections and u dont flood the spark plug holes
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