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Old 02-20-2007, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what to use to clean dirty engine

got a dirty engine. what can i use to get off the dirt and grease off without it messing my car up or staining the metal?
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Simple Green works for many people.
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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simple green is the most common used cleaner, *** you might have to scrub some

some people use foamy engine bright

calum uses oven cleaner...which not surprisingly works really well
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Old 02-20-2007, 05:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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engine degreaser or brake cleaner. really depends on how bad it is.. sometimes e or b cleaner, then simple green then spray it down with some water
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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okay thanks, i will buy some when spring cleaning arrives
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Old 02-20-2007, 07:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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oven cleaner does work just make sure it is safe for use on aluminum...some arent so friendly to aluminum
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Old 02-21-2007, 04:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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brake clean, engine degreaser but the most important tool would be a wire brush. you wouldnt believe how much some degreaser and a wire brush will do.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I am going to try and use the oven cleaner
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Old 02-21-2007, 02:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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is there anything bad about greased lightning?
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Old 02-21-2007, 02:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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its strong stuff , i use it all the time ... you can use it to clean everything as long as you dilute(add water) properly .... for the engine bay i say 3:1 (water:soap) and a soft bristle brush for most areas .
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Old 03-16-2007, 12:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm ***** use some of the stuff you guys mentioned. I used some engine cleaner and a rag to clean my engine bay up a bit. I think I am going to have to cover up the alternator and all other electrical and clean the engine bay perfectly. Its filthyyyy.
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
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simple green is a pretty good cleaner, i have used it a couple of times.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:09 PM   #17 (permalink)
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simple green.

i've never used it.

but i heard it works good.
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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simple green is good

but there is this stuf called purple power that really really strong!!

very pungent...but does the job in less coats than simple green

purple power is available at checker auto parts
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
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DO NOT LET PURPLE POWER TOUCH ALUMINUM it will turn it white, ask me how i know. non chlorinated brake cleaner and a brass wire brush it the best for the bad buildup then duragloss multipurpose cleaner(the green liquid) to finish it up.
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:26 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I use the concentrated simple green. let it soak for abotu 5 mins then hose it down. not satisfied, go to town with that is and let it soak for another 10 mins. hose that ish down and it should be gleaming. at least it did for mine
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