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      09-02-2013, 04:12 PM   #23
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I don't trust the wet the entire engine bay method.

1) I spot clean an area with a little car wash soap, lightly rinse the area, dry with my leaf blower. (Method for the strut towers)

2) I hand wipe down the other parts of the bay.
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      03-03-2016, 10:19 PM   #24
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Going to have to do this to get rid of all the Buttonwillow dust in my engine bay. Do you cover just the EDC connections? There are other electrical connections, what about those?

What about the alternator? I know it's way down there and mostly protected - you would have to intentionally spray at it to get it wet.
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      03-05-2016, 12:55 AM   #25
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I use AMMO Citrus AP Cleaner with a The Rag Company micro fiber.
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      03-05-2016, 01:35 PM   #26
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Going to have to do this to get rid of all the Buttonwillow dust in my engine bay. Do you cover just the EDC connections? There are other electrical connections, what about those?

What about the alternator? I know it's way down there and mostly protected - you would have to intentionally spray at it to get it wet.
Did mine again today Red. Cover the EDC connectors briefly, also usually protect the light house covers to avoid moisture. Going easy with water hose, haven't used high pressure. Start up and idling a couple of minutes after just to steam off (and get rid of initial belt squeel). Done it plenty times without any issues.

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      05-23-2016, 02:38 PM   #27
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Simply Green to degrease the engine. Lightly use a power washer. If you do not have one you can use a hose with a light spray. Dry engine bay spray it down with WD40. The WD40 bakes into all the rubber and plastic comes out great. Have been doing this for years on all the cars i have own. Never had a problem.
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      05-24-2016, 12:35 AM   #28
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Nobody here steams their engine bays? I swear by that now compared to the rinse/scrub method.
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      06-03-2016, 02:19 PM   #29
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Do not use a pressure washer. I just use a wet rag and wipe everything down, and then I like to use armor all vinyl protectant and spray a light layer, and leave it alone to saturate. Do not wipe the armor all off with a towel.
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      07-07-2016, 12:53 PM   #30
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Nobody here steams their engine bays? I swear by that now compared to the rinse/scrub method.
I thought about steam cleaning my engine bay but read the pressure of the steam can force moisture into places water wouldn't normally get into (like the electrical connectors). Are you careful with the steam in these areas or just have at it?
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      07-11-2016, 01:06 AM   #31
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I thought about steam cleaning my engine bay but read the pressure of the steam can force moisture into places water wouldn't normally get into (like the electrical connectors). Are you careful with the steam in these areas or just have at it?
I haven't had issues like that but i am careful when i do it
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      08-22-2016, 10:54 PM   #32
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Any chance someone could upload a shot of where the EDC module is?
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      08-25-2016, 09:11 AM   #33
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Any chance someone could upload a shot of where the EDC module is?
Bump! Anyone? Please?
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      08-25-2016, 12:29 PM   #34
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on top of the struts. there is typically a plastic dome cover over it.
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Any chance someone could upload a shot of where the EDC module is?
The actual control module is behind the trim on the right side of the boot. There are pictures to google if you're looking for more details. Why mate?
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      08-26-2016, 11:48 AM   #36
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The actual control module is behind the trim on the right side of the boot. There are pictures to google if you're looking for more details. Why mate?
Thinking about cleaning the engine bay myself, and have read here that I should cover it before doing so... but are you sure it's in the boot/trunk? Seems like I found it just where elim11 stated...?
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      08-27-2016, 12:49 AM   #37
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Insert "she handles the hose well" joke here. Nice work though. I need to get one of those long handled boars hair brushes.
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When engine is fully warm and running I mist it with water. Then spray it with a water/degreaser mix all over. Close the hood for a minute or two then mist to rinse the degreaser off. Never had an issue doing it this way for years on all my cars. Keeps the engine bay nice and clean without the extra shiny stuff that attracts dirt.
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Thinking about cleaning the engine bay myself, and have read here that I should cover it before doing so... but are you sure it's in the boot/trunk? Seems like I found it just where elim11 stated...?
Ah, missed you there mate. You obviously mean the EDC connectors, those are...on top of the EDC dampers/struts. The black plastic "dome" do cover the connector quite well as is but being OCD I personally go easy on them with water hence cover them slightly.
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I would use steam to safely clean the engine bay.
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      08-28-2016, 09:37 PM   #41
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I would use steam to safely clean the engine bay.
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Steam and simple green diluted. With some scrubbing at caked on spots
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I would use steam to safely clean the engine bay.
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Steam and simple green diluted. With some scrubbing at caked on spots
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I love engine bay detailing.

I go through mine every 10k or so to cut down on how much scrubbing and washing I need to do. That said my process is simple.

-Cool down engine
-Spray down with water to rinse off loose dirt, sand and debris
-Spray McKees 57 Engine degreaser liberally.
- Use small brushes to agitate the extra dirty areas.
-Rinse off engine
-Repeat last two steps if necessary
-Hand dry with old microfiber towels
-Detail with either McKees 57 Trim detailer(aerosol based, great if you like that shiny look)

Or if prefer a deep black but matte(aka not so shiny) I'll mix 10:1 of Distilled water with CarPro Perl, which is water based, and spray liberally.

Either product works, more recently I've been a fan of the CarPro Perl for the finishing touch. Keep its nice and black but not shiny. Very factory like. Looks clean but not soo shiny that it looks like you're trying to cover something up.

I also use 1:1 CarPro Perl on my tires as a dressing. Very nice matte finish and keeps the rubber looking fresh. I clean the tires with Griotts Rubber Cleaner and a brush to prep the tire for CarPro Perl
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