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Old 01-Jun-2005, 05:36 PM
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DIY: Cleenin Engine Bay

b4 i start, this is only a guideline, and i'm not resposible for anything goin worng wit your car, use at you own discretion

there has been discussion and descriptions, but no pictures, so i decided to cleen out the durty *** engine bay and take sum pictures here we go

this is realy the only step thats critical- coverin everythin (i prob din have to cover the stock airbox, but i did anyways:



Dont forget the alternator:



when everything is covered, spray a lil water all over the engine bay, and after bout a mintue, spray on a heavy coat of cleaner, i used GUNK (citrus powered



now if ur engine bay looks lyk *** then the tooth brush wont cut it



Neither will this brush thing



so u'r gna have to get serious, and bring out the steel wool



Gettin better:



now wash it all down completelty trying not to focus the water on any sensors, or belts

Final result:





yes i kno its not so cleen u could eet off it, i jus wanted to make it half decent cause i'm selling it soon

make sure to remove the plastic bags b4 driving the car, and after rinsing it down completely start it and let the water evaporate, its not smoke its steam, and if u'r that paranoid sit in the car and watch the temp gauge, you car will smell lyk oven cleaner for a while but it will go away

and there you go, frum durtly lik sh*t, do half decent, it took me bout 45 mins, if u take u'r time u could make it reely cleen and nice and all that other nice stuff

hope that helps..happy cleaning

p.s. if any1 has anything to add or correct feel free.
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Old 01-Jun-2005, 08:48 PM
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resize! but i give you a for covering the alternator. i did this 2 weeks ago and didn't cover my alternator and my car crapped out of me for a week. just upload pics on tinypic.com, no need to register or anything. i cleaned mine but didn't bother scrubbing the valve cover.
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Old 01-Jun-2005, 09:00 PM
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lol mine looked horrible, and the cars bin in the fam for 8 yrs, and this was the 1st tym sum1 cleened under the hood.
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Old 01-Jun-2005, 09:10 PM
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pictures resized, thx for the site SaYjAiBaO
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Old 01-Jun-2005, 09:18 PM
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Looks nice. For the past 2 washes, I didn't cover the alternator. I should next time.

Steel wool is a good idea. I never thought of that. I used brush and I was getting splashes all over my face, afraid of GUNK eating away my precious skin :P

Good stuff.
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Old 01-Jun-2005, 10:57 PM
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ye its an ek hatch , i did a swap (stock d16y7), and that engine came frum japan...according to the mechanic
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Old 02-Jun-2005, 09:29 AM
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It looks like an older valve cover.

Nice write up; DIYs are always great, no matter what the task. Maybe I'll get around to doing this when I have some time.

Just to re-iterate, cover up these parts:

Battery
Distributor
Alternator
Air Box (optional, but not a bad idea)

I would be careful when spraying around the fluid reservoirs (and belts as mentioned), just in case.
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Old 02-Jun-2005, 10:35 AM
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Good job! It looks much better than before. Reminds me I gotta do mine some time soon, its real dirty. Thanks for the write-up and pics!
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Old 02-Jun-2005, 12:09 PM
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Mine looks like that all the time
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Old 02-Jun-2005, 01:35 PM
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it's pretty clean but not super clean... try simple green...

every time i've done it all i covered was my intake and i've never had a problem *knock on wood...


presoak, simplegreen (no scrubbing involved!!!!) let sit for about 5 min and then rinse off and you're good to go!!


either way good job, looks better than it did before
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woodbine toyota does it for me for 20$ and it comes out brand spanking new. and they dont put on all that dressing crap that attracts dust as soon as you drive the car off the lot.
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a coating of tire foam after cleaning will leave errthing all nice shiny...like gallaghers engine bay
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Old 04-Jun-2005, 04:42 PM
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lol...I used to use tire foam, but anything like that works...my 1st gen crx engine bay was uber clean
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Old 04-Jun-2005, 07:45 PM
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Haha, I use it all !

Leather cleaner, tire foam, all of it !



When I use WD40, you have to make sure that your car is cold and let it sit for abuot 30mins



PS: only use this stuff when your engine is already pretty clean, like mine
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Sick DIY...gonna try it tommorrow.
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Old 20-Jul-2005, 05:40 AM
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Wow... I don't ever cover anything on my cars... and I power wash at the self serve car wash. Hmm...
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pressure wash and make sure to cover ur air intake, leave the car running, you will be fine
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get some motormaster engine finish to give everything a nice glossy shine afterwards
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