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#892656 How To Clean Your Engine Bay!

Posted hulk_slogan on 12 May 2015 - 10:03 PM

How to clean your engine bay!

Summer approaches, and it’s likely that the only part of your car that’s not clean is under the hood!
Show it some love…

There’s a couple of ways to clean your engine bay, and loads of advice and info online, but here is how I go about it.
Firstly if your bay is covered in dirt then be prepared to have some dirt and water splash out over your windscreen, wings and bumper, so it’s a good idea to clean your engine bay before cleaning the exterior of your car.

Secondly and most importantly only clean your engine bay when it is cold.
For obvious reasons but I’ll mention them anyway!
You could easily burn yourself or trap your hands in moving parts.
You’ll also find the heat of the engine could dry any water or product you are trying to use to clean it faster than you would like.

There are two ways of cleaning the engine bay, ‘waterless’ or with a hose, which produces wet stuff..
You will find people who swear by jetwashing an engine bay, and people who wouldn’t use a jet washer if their detailing reputation counted on it!

Firstly I’ll talk about using a hosepipe or jetwasher to clean the engine bay.
If you want to use water to aid in cleaning here are some things to bear in mind.
You will get a more thorough, faster clean.
However there are things inside the engine bay that don’t mix with water so well.
My advice when using water to clean your engine bay is as follows:

Start with the engine cold and switched off.
Remove any leaves, twigs, spider webs etc…
Cover all electrical parts in the engine bay, and anywhere water should not be allowed to enter.
These might include:
Battery.
Alternator.
Electrical plugs.
Air intakes.
Fusebox’s.
Spark plugs and their pit in which water will collect and remain.
Any wiring which goes through your firewall/bulkhead.
If in doubt, just cover it!

If like me you have several runs of amp cable running from battery through the firewall, then make damn sure the point it goes through the firewall is sealed, and any inline fuses are also covered.

To cover any of these areas you can use waterproof tape, duct tape etc, or I prefer to use cling film as it can wrap around and self seal most places you’ll need to use it, then simply take it off after your done using water. Avoid using kitchen foil as it’s a metal and therefore could bridge/short electrical connections.

Once all sensitive areas are covered, we can begin cleaning.
My advice is do not use a jet washer or any powerful water propelling devices!
I previously used my karcher pressure washer but left it turned off, so the water was under the same pressure as a normal garden hose.
You could also use a normal hose with no head, and simply place your thumb over the end of the hose to create a fine mist/spray of water.
You could also buy a handpump water sprayer and use that.

The effect we are after is not to drench the engine bay, but just mist it with water until it starts to run, making sure to use your common sense and stay away from over watering areas that you have covered.

Once wet, we can start to use products to get the engine clean.
I use Autoglym Engine Cleaner & Degreaser but you could also use something like an APC (All Purpose Cleaner). Make sure to follow the instructions on the product.
Spray the product on, agitate if necessary and rinse off using the same method as when initially rinsing the engine bay. Only need to use enough water to help the product to run off.

Make sure all filler caps are securely on!

Work section by section. For example it’s a good idea to wet a small area first, spray product on that small area, agitate and then rinse. Repeat until the entire engine bay is done.

Start with the underside of the bonnet, because dirty water will drip over the engine while doing this.
To help agitate the product and get into hard to reach places you could use detailing brushes, or toothbrushes. Be careful not to scrub painted surfaces as I’ve seen detailing brushes with fairly soft bristles eat through the paint quickly!
Its also a good idea not to use an old toothbrush that has had toothpaste on it.. You’ll be amazed at the toothpaste residue it could leave even if it seems clean..

Before moving on, rinse off any overspray of dirty water from your bumper and wings/windscreen.
Once all is clean, remove everything that you have used to cover sensitive parts with.

The next step before dressing the engine bay is to get it dry.
You could use a chamois or microfiber drying towel  for easy to reach places, concentrating on getting any pools of water dry (for example, around the spark plugs). To help wick water away from places like this, try some kitchen towel.

You can then double check all tape/cling film is removed and start the engine which will help to dry the rest of the engine bay.
Once dry you might need to give certain areas a quick going over with a quick detailer and a microfiber if you’re anal like me..

Now, you could use a metal polish to polish some of your metal piping, maybe give the painted areas a little polish and a wax, depending on how far you want to go!
I usually just dress the plastic and rubber areas as my engine bay is standard and theres not much to show off, I just like it clean.

To dress the plastic parts such as battery cover, fusebox, airbox, filler caps and reservoirs I use simple trim restorer. My product of choice here is Megs trim restorer gel, but you could use a back to black bumper spray, or an interior detailer such as Megs interior quick detailer.
I usually apply with a microfiber or applicator pad, leave for the recommended time and buff off.
I also use this product on the engine block itself.

For rubber parts, such as hoses, spark plug covers, wiring, induction tubes, and rubber seals I use Meguairs tyre gel. Same application as the previously mentioned plastic parts!

To get behind or to get the entirety of tubing clean/dressed, if its easily done you can unclip them from their housings. Just remember to replace them after you are done.
A product also well used for dressing engine bays is Aerospace 303.

Now, if you prefer to take the safer yet more time consuming route of not using water, I have had good effect using a waterless wash product. It is basically a spray on, wipe off product designed for cleaning your car with just the bottle of spray and a cloth.. Not many uses for us detailers!
What I did is effectively follow the same procedures as mentioned above for using water, except just not using any water and instead using the waterless wash product which just needs to be wiped dry and not rinsed off. I think my one is made by Turtlewax, although I believe Megs and other manufactures make it too.

I didn’t need to cover any sensitive areas, because I simply didn’t spray them!
Work in sections and use a new microfiber when the current one becomes too dirty.
You might get through a few with this method!
The upside is that its safer and doesn’t have any real drying time, so you can go straight onto dressing the engine bay!
The downside is, you can only really clean where you can reach your hands..

To clean sensitive areas using this method, don’t spray the waterless product onto the area, instead, spray a microfiber cloth a couple of times and carefully use the moist cloth to clean the desired area.

That’s pretty much it! Take a step back and admire a clean engine bay.. Feels good doesn’t it?!
Watch for the odd raised eyebrow when a mechanic opens the bonnet to find a great looking clean bay!

Here’s my Mk1.5 using the water method:
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Here’s Kays Mk1.5:
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Here is my mk2.5 using the waterless method.
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Any questions feel free to comment or PM, and please feel free to suggest additions/tips to this guide and I will update it to include them!
Cheers all,
Slogan.

This is how I do it. (I do not accept any responsibility or liability if any damage is caused to any car by using this guide).


#865031 How I Spent My Bank Holiday Weekend

Posted DStanley1809 on 26 May 2014 - 06:04 PM

As it was a long weekend me and some friends decided to clean some cars.  It's much more fun (and quick) doing it as a group :P

Each was snowfoamed, mitt washed, clayed, mitt washed, dried then waxed.  Used the jet wash to rinse off soap suds between each stage. The DA Polisher didn't get an outing this time.

Started with an Audi A3 belonging to Flatlands on here.  I didn't get any before/in progress shots of this one :(

Here's the results though:

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One of things I don't like so much about white cars is that they don't show reflections as much as darker colours.  Even though it's completely silky smooth I don't think the end result is as visually impressive :(

Now the ST170 :P

This one has before, in progress and after shots.  This belongs to a guy I work with but he's not a member on here.

Before:

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Found some rust here :(

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In progress:

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After waxing:

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Exhaust before/after:

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I think I might try using a Dremel with one of those small fabric polishing wheels on the exhaust next time.  Polishing by hand can only do so much on a 10 year old tail pipe :(

Both together:

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Then it was back inside for some Hero Quest, Guitar Hero, dinner and a "reasonable" amount of alcohol.

All in all, a great weekend.


#854591 Blinged Up The Audio Unit

Posted fours600 on 04 March 2014 - 01:28 PM

hi all put some bling on the audio unit ...without......Posted Image







and the audio unit with the bling hope you like it ..should look even better at night with the dash lights on heres the link  http://www.ebay.com/...2201bb9&vxp=mtrPosted Image


#918841 Ford Fair 2019

Posted obasa on 01 October 2018 - 03:35 AM

Hi All,


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Ford Fair 2019 details will be announced once known.

http://www.fordfair.co.uk/fordfairhome


Regards

FFOC SMT


#918679 All New Ford Focus

Posted obasa on 23 September 2018 - 06:54 PM

Hi All, :-D

I have created a new category where you can discuss and review the All New Ford Focus and here is a link to Ford: https://www.ford.co....1RoCusUQAvD_BwE

Regards

FFOC SMT


#916242 New Mod

Posted vindi93 on 26 November 2017 - 09:57 PM

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#915670 Mk3 St Woodley Stockport

Posted E TEA 66 on 20 September 2017 - 12:40 PM

I just called to the health clinic this morning at ,

Hyde road Woodley Stockport and parked up next to this little beast 8) ,,

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#902241 Headlight Bulbs.

Posted Dennis the meance on 27 January 2016 - 10:24 PM

Using osram night breaker unlimited in my 2009 tdci and a marked improvement on standard bulbs


#896923 Ford Fair 2015

Posted Jinjoh_ninjoh on 04 August 2015 - 11:52 PM

Here are all my pictures from Ford Fair!

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I hope everyone enjoys these pictures :)

Sam


#876797 Brake Pads

Posted Dave on 14 September 2014 - 11:14 PM

If you've got nice alloys go ebc green stuff 30% less dust and look nicer


#858762 Machine Polisher Kits

Posted ks1lwh on 03 April 2014 - 05:04 PM

thats just gone on the birthday present list thanks guys :)


#856973 Clean Your Car Discount Code

Posted DStanley1809 on 20 March 2014 - 06:52 PM

Just about to buy some stuff from Clean Your Car and thought I'd check online for a discount code.

I found DW07 which gives a 7% discount.

Not sure how long it will stay active for but hopefully some of you can make use of it!


#852792 Bluefin 1.8 Tdci

Posted gt-keith on 19 February 2014 - 05:57 PM

Installed the Bluefin remap this morning and took it out for a shake down. Initial impressions feel good, seems like standard up to 1500rpm. Then as the boost starts it feels stronger with more of a diesel growl !! than before.
One thing I did notice is that where the power seemed to level off before at about 3000rpm it keeps on building up and beyond 4000rpm :twisted:  more like a petrol engine.
My initial verdict, steady driving it feels standard. Give it some boot and it comes alive. Enjoy.


#852129 Excessive Black Smoke

Posted tvchimp on 14 February 2014 - 07:02 PM

What fuel do you use?  Supermarket/BP Ultimate/Shell Vpower+ etc?   (this will probably invoke some responses from members who will agree/disagree) but I feel that my car runs a lot better/puts out less smoke when I use Shell Vpower+..  Supermarket fuel is horrible stuff (or feels it in my car)

My commute to work allows my car to build up a fair amount of carbon, I've noticed a monthly blast of around 20miles or so up and down the motorway or a trip out somewhere (stick to A/B roads more so the motorway - it's a bit more fun!) clears out the engine and stops my car putting down a blanket of smoke behind me if I choose to take off fairly quick.

Although, it's a 2004 Diesel with nearly 85k on the clock, I kinda expect it to put out smoke regardless really compared to a petrol or newer diesels.

I also use a can of BG244 every 3 months.  Not sure if it's snake oil or actually doing something, but it seems to make the engine run a little happier for the while it's in the tank.


#846825 Cambelt Interval For 1.6 Tdci?

Posted iamrooney on 14 January 2014 - 02:24 PM

there's no way i'd leave a car 125k before doing cambelt.


#833101 Mpg From Diesels

Posted Daz158 on 03 October 2013 - 05:13 PM

I get 530 on average each tank but Last week I let it get to 606 before filling up. Trip said 10 miles left but my * * * * was twitching


#788785 Anyone Hypermile Their Tdci ?

Posted Russ77 on 12 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

CalEng on here is getting around 70MPG from his 1.8TDCi (I think).

He's done a load of mods to help and has more in the pipeline to get 100MPG!!!

Personally, I set off with the best intentions in my 2.0 TDCi...... get stuck in traffic, watch the MPG plummet and then think "* * * * it" and enjoy the boost :lol:


#918395 Mk3 Coolant Fail

Posted team alchemist 2 on 01 August 2018 - 12:49 PM

Yes indeed, just need to trust her now on a long run(sadly its the way that i am), will build up to that i think, but so far so good. :-D


#918393 Mk3 Coolant Fail

Posted team alchemist 2 on 01 August 2018 - 10:45 AM

Well got her back Friday 27/07/2018, recall done on the cooling system, software updated, new head and as i was kept waiting for so long all new belts as well, all FOC, they even delivered her back to me so i did not need to go get her, so far very pleased, we let you know how things go.


#917187 Dpf Help

Posted Mike11 on 28 February 2018 - 10:00 AM

You can’t legally have it removed due to new MOT laws this year.

With effect from May 20th:

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Diesel particulate filters (DPF) will now also be checked, and you'll be failed if you've had it removed or tampered with.