Cleaning the engine bay

Discussion in 'Automotive Care' started by DragnRidr85, May 4, 2011.

  1. DragnRidr85

    DragnRidr85 Well-Known Member

    Hey all. So i'm on 60K miles on my '08 GTS and the engine bay is a mess. I've read a few articles on cleaning it and they all involve hosing it down with a garden hose...i'm not too sure about that.... anyone have experience cleaning their engine bay? How do you go about doing it? Do you use a Citrus Cleaner? Aside from the intake (i've got the RRM SRI v2) is there anything else that should be protected/covered with plastic bags?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Jogenmaru

    Jogenmaru Well-Known Member

    Me personally, I would wipe it down by hand. Im just over cautious about spraying water on my engine with all the wires and my belts.

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  3. lancer2quick

    lancer2quick Well-Known Member

    ^^ I've always used a trick I learned in the Coast Guard.... Go buy some of that cheap tire shine/cleaner FOAM. The stuff in the aerosol can. You can spray that stuff just about anywhere...the only place that I don't spray mine is on my CAI. Let the stuff sit for a few minutes, and wipe it down with a rag...simple.
     
  4. DragnRidr85

    DragnRidr85 Well-Known Member

    tire shine cleaner foam eh? think I'll go ahead and give that a try. safe to use around the electrical wires and all too?
     
  5. lancer2quick

    lancer2quick Well-Known Member

    I have sprayed every inch on my engine bay with it several times....no problems.
     
  6. y2ray7697

    y2ray7697 Well-Known Member

    I'm a fan of the wiping down then spraying engine detailer in there myself
     
  7. DragnRidr85

    DragnRidr85 Well-Known Member

    good to know. thanks for the tip! =)
     
  8. 1slowlance

    1slowlance Well-Known Member

    Hm. If I actually cared enough, I'd do the tire foam thing. Lol.
     
  9. 03 ES GUY

    03 ES GUY Well-Known Member

    I should've looked at this before I went and bought tire wet. shoulda bought tire foam and just did the tires with that and my engine bay. thinking about painting the valve cover black
     
  10. slickdevil08

    slickdevil08 Well-Known Member

    im in need of a bay clean. normally i just spray it down and put a platic bag around my intake walla clean as can be
     
  11. Ronin

    Ronin Well-Known Member

    Would the tire foam mess up painted engine covers?
     
  12. lancer2quick

    lancer2quick Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't....I spray mine at least twice a month....
     
  13. 03 ES GUY

    03 ES GUY Well-Known Member

    I wanna see pics of this engine bay done with tire foam :)

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  14. Ronin

    Ronin Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna do mine later today. I'll post pics tonight if before and after.
     
  15. Ronin

    Ronin Well-Known Member

    Ok scratch that idea. My bay isnt even dirty. I dont think it would make a fair before and after comparison.
     
  16. y2ray7697

    y2ray7697 Well-Known Member

    Same here...still shiny from the dealership!
     
  17. 03 ES GUY

    03 ES GUY Well-Known Member

    I have quite a bit of dirt in mine. its almost disgusting
     
  18. Jogenmaru

    Jogenmaru Well-Known Member

    Have you guys not seen my p.r. it is disgusting. I will clean it next saturday on my day off. Hopefully it will remain my day off.

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  19. y2ray7697

    y2ray7697 Well-Known Member

    wait I'm confused...what is this "day off" that you speak of? I know no such term...?
     
  20. Jogenmaru

    Jogenmaru Well-Known Member

    Haha...I just checked my schedule. Apparently it doesn't exist. This makes me a bit sad.

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