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    Cleaning the engine bay

    Chaps whats the best way of cleaning the engine bay.

    Ive bought some autoglym engine bay stuff just wondering if im best using water with it or to use a steam cleaner.

    Cheers

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    Steam Cleaning is usually the best.

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    I'd use a steam cleaner

    although I have in the past used wd40 then jetwash
    everyone told me off on here
    - just ensure you bag up electrical stuff just in case !

    Oh, I kept my engine running because I was paranoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M40COO

    Oh, I kept my engine running because I was paranoid.
    tut tut tut,
    Quote Originally Posted by car care advice
    When it actually comes to the cleaning process, the first thing you should do is make sure your engine is cold - never try and clean a warm or hot engine.
    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...es_engine.html

    try that craig

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    If your engine is pretty grimey,get some blue parafin from a garage, cheap as chips (think I paid abot £1.50 for a gallon acouple of years back) and brush it in then steam clean if possible. It will hose off well too but as already said, cover up any electriacal stuff .
    I'm sure there are some who will scoff at using parafin but many of the engine bay degreasers contain it anyway so why pay a fortune for it just because it comes in a fancy tin.
    It also works well soaked on a rag and wiped over rubber/plastic hoses and covers etc.

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    I just soaked my engine in TFR, then power washed it. Came up pretty well.
    2007 Metro Blue 5 door Mk5 Elite 1.7CDTI
    6th Vauxhall (4th Astra) in 10 years...plus a couple of other sheds...

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    Thumbs Up try some shampoo

    Use the AG gear you got, cover the battery terminals, & anything else you feel may need protection.

    Personally, I use my car wash shampoo with a foam dishwashing brush to wash the engine if its just dust & dirt in there.

    Use something stronger if its grease or oil. (like the AG)

    Rinse very gently with a hose first, clean with the car wash & then rinse with the hose gently again... Done (takes less than half an hour)

    Start the engine to dry it out.

    Then add a dressing to the black plastic / rubber bits to make em look good & wipe away excess...

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