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Washing The Engine Bay


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Hi All,

I fancy washing the engine bay as I have never done it since I have owned the car and it could do with a good clean.

I was planning just to hose it down and use a bit of car shampoo and let it dry itself.

However is there any risk to the engine parts? (I still want my car to start) Do I need to cover any parts before I tackle the job, will this have any negative effect on the engine.

Thanks

Jay

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Dont you have a bonnet mate :whistling:

Lol :lol:

Yeah but in heavy rain surely a fair amount of water must come through the grille?

not really mate as most of the electronic stuff is at the top right hand side

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It's fine to use a hose or even a pressure washer in your engine bay if you want to, you just need to protect the electrics and anything else you don't want getting wet (e.g. induction kit air filter).

I would never ever use pressure washer in my engine bay, there are to many electrical connections that can and would get wet :o you are better using Gunk or some other engine cleaner, put on with small brush, then rinse with water and cloth/ sponge :winky: thats the way ive always do mine with not problems (yet)

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Pressure washers can push grit and dirt into gaps that they wouldn't usually go in, more harm than good really. As asi said, take your time and do a good job, it's one of those things that your only really going to do annually

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Whenever you use a pressure washer, you need to use common sense. I would never use my pressure washer on its maximum settings and finest jet anywhere near my car, because it would probably strip paint and/or cause other damage. Similarly, I don't think it would be a good idea to use a pressure washer at maximum settings in the engine bay. But pressure washers do typically have adjustable settings, you know :winky:

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My washers setting options are on/off lol i'm pretty sure it's the height of technology :)

Lol. Actually my washer only has an on/off on the body too. But how about the nozzle/gun, on mine you can alter the width of the spray (which has a major affect at how strong the jet is) as well as also moving it between higher and lower pressure modes (via a different part of the nozzle).

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