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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-04-2002, 01:08 PM
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Washing my engine bay

The lousy apt complex I live in does not have a place to hook up a hose.
So, should I just spray down under the hood with Simple Green (or something else that will not hurt rubber) then wait a bit for it to soak in and dump a bucket of warm water in there?
Its a 94 YJ 4.0 btw.


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Re: Washing my engine bay

can you run a hose out from your apartment? if you have a washing machine it should have a standard garden hose hookup

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Why don't you just go to one of those hose it yourself car washes?

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Re: Washing my engine bay

I've always heard it wasn't good to spray off your engine. b/c bad things can happen, is that true>? If not I'd like to spray mine off as well

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I've heard of things happening like Blocks cracking and wires getting wet, but what do these people think when you drive in the rain? or crash through a puddle? or mud bog?
I just wash that sucker right down...
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Re: Washing my engine bay

I would think that an engine covered in water would be better than an engine covered in mud and crud. I always wash mine with engine degreaser and nothing ad has happened yet. I always just try not to spray directly on the distributer cap.

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Just cover your dist. and open air cleaner with foil or plastic wrap. Just don't forget to take it off before you drive away! I did that once, couldn't figure out why my Jeep was running like crap until I remembered, "OH Sh!t", the foil is still covering the air cleaner! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: Washing my engine bay

Thanks!
I thought the car wash would be ok, just wanted some input.
I would hate to crack my block.


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Re: Washing my engine bay

I usually just leave my jeep running. Keep the spray off the distributor and out of the air cleaner nozzle, and spray like hell!! I used to shut it off...but once an engine is dead it can be a pain to re-start. Let it run, and listen.... if you spray something and the engine starts to stutter: A) don't spray THERE again and B)find out the problem before the next time you go puddle jumping!!

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Re: Washing my engine bay

You can buy an adapter that will alloy you to hook a hose to many faucets inside your home. Go to the waterbed section in Wal-Mart, they are usually there. Then just run a hose out the window. The adapter usually screws inplace of the screen diffuser and you can then just turn the water on. When you wash a motor, I have always done it this way. Let the motor completly cool, spray it will degreaser, let it sit, spray it again, crank it, and before the engine warms spray it off with water. The alum. foil is a good idea though Brad, I might try that.

There is a guy in the next city over that will detail your engine bay for $20. My brother uses him all the time, I have never been. When I actually do it, I usually do it.




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