Cleaning Engine Bay - Page 2 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Auto Detailing 101 General discussion of auto cleaning and detailing. Learn tips and tricks to keep your Ford Ranger looking its best.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #26  
Old 05-06-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 208
just be carefull not to spray those items directly. simple green works great. warm motor, not running, wet it down, and spray the simple green. let it soak in, spray it down, and do it again. after you let it drip dry after the second try, spray your alternator down really good with electrical parts cleaner. let that dry, at least 20 minutes, and then start her up. you are good to go!

-matt
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 05-25-2007
garryyjr's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Medford, OR.
Posts: 321
Quote:
Originally Posted by 05edged
What I use is a product called SLAM, my buddy details cars for a living so I kinda have to trust him.

My process is as follows:
with engine running
Spray SLAM over everything under the hood and the hood itself
let soak long enough to turn pressure washer on
rinse thoroughly
wash truck with engine still running
dry truck
turn engine off
spray TKO(detailers product) on plastics

and this is what she looks like after not being able to see any black under the hood from mud caked on from fourwheelin with it.
Damn! That is clean. I might have to get some of the SLAM. I work at a Dealership, but never seen that product. Can you tell me who makes that product.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 08-07-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The Bay, CA
Posts: 15
wait... sooo

1. Cool engine
2. soak with hose... ??cover or not covers??
3. Simple Green
4. Rinse off

Thats it?
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 08-07-2007
this_is_nascar's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Gloucester Hts, NJ
Posts: 436
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliBay
wait... sooo

1. Cool engine
2. soak with hose... ??cover or not covers??
3. Simple Green
4. Rinse off

Thats it?
Cool engine, yes, however if it's slightly warm (meaning you can touch it), that's fine too.

Wet with hose.

Apply Simple Green.

Let it set for 15-minutes.

Rinse.

Repeat as nessessary.

I convered my fuse box, battery and alternator, but others have said they've done the wash without doing that.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 08-07-2007
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
Yeah I never cover anything. I wash mine in town usually so its hot too, Everything is fine on my truck.
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 08-07-2007
94greenmachine's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 553
Quote:
Originally Posted by thejsx
why the hell would you be afraid to spray anything under the hood?

myself I've done it often, I used GUNK stuff on my WARM engine, let it sit for like 10mins and then sprayed with a pression hose everything, then I went for a ride, nothing wrong happend....
Yea, Same here.... Worked perfectly! Oh, Purple Power works awesome too!
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 08-07-2007
VicRattlehead's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Channahon, IL
Posts: 46
been using simple green for years, and also havent covered anything ever. just dont point the hose at the alt directly and youll be fine.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 08-07-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: ***
Posts: 2,099
after your done cleaning just WD-40 everything under there, it will look real shiney and displaces the moisture so it's great to spray over all the wires and electrical connections
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 08-07-2007
Hellion's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: El Cajon, CA
Posts: 370
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Ranger 93
after your done cleaning just WD-40 everything under there, it will look real shiney and displaces the moisture so it's great to spray over all the wires and electrical connections
Except that wd-40 is a Water Alternative in that its OILY, causeing dirt to CAKE to it rather than dust settling on the engine. otherwise it would be a good idea. But my experiences have taught me that WD-40 is like a magnet for dirt.
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 08-07-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: ***
Posts: 2,099
hmm I know what you mean but since it protects metal surfaces and prevents corrosion I don't see how it's a disadvantage, I'd rather spray some on my tools or engine and have a little bit of dirt stick than have them begin to corrode or turn orange
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 08-07-2007
Hellion's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: El Cajon, CA
Posts: 370
Damn. your right.....lol. I never think about long run do i? haha. i was just thinking it would be bad for dust collection but good against rust. Aw well. cant learn any other way. But i actually got some good ideas outta this thread. im gonna use simple green to clean up my truck. and since ive been through the salt water ive seen some...."Orange" showing up on my frame. What i wanna know is, do you think it would be worth it to sand and prep and Primer (To seal out water) the frame?
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 01-15-2008
WowMike2001's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Stevenson, WA
Posts: 2,583
Best stuff I used.. That orange engine foam cleaner. Buy yourself 3 or 4 cans of that.. I even went as far as lifting the truck up adn cleaning all th undersides too.. tranny, axel, all the way out ot eh leaf springs and tire wells! Spray it on, soak it in for a few minutes.. spray it off. Kudo's if you have a steam cleaner too, or just head to teh local pay for water car cleaning places and toss a few bucks in.. I did all my foaming right under that carport. Worked perfect, did it to my 88 ranger, and did it on this one too =)
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 01-29-2008
MemphisSenior's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Spring City, TN
Posts: 331
You might want to check out the detailing videos on this site. Lots of good information.


http://www.adamspolishes.com/
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 01-29-2008
Jmhm17's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Worcester, MA
Posts: 534
i dont wet the motor before spraying simple green cause it dilutes it.. just warm the motor up and blast it with simple green and let it sit then spray it off.. the only thing you should covere is your airfilter if you have an aftermarket intake.. other than that the stock airbox is water tight as well as everything else.. and ocationaly in the winter i will blast it with a presurewasher in a cleaning bay.. no ill affects.. everything si waterproof in most trucks especialy 4x4's, they where desighned this way for the ocational mud puddle you might drive through wheelin.. lol

also another important note.. dont spray your motor with tire shine.. dont spray the motor with anything containg silicone it will eataway at your insulated wires and vacume lines.. make sure its motor safe..
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 01-29-2008
Dusty08's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Phoenix, Az
Posts: 179
Good point jmhm17....I've only heard good things about Simple Green, and I've been thinking about cleaning up my engine a bit as well. Other stuff might work better, but I trust simple green :)
Reply With Quote
  #41  
Old 02-04-2008
k.blakeley's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: East Texas
Posts: 2,823
x2 on the simple green
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 02-18-2008
basebal_21's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Mansfield, Oh
Posts: 156
Simple Green does wonders... the only thing i cover is the alternator, never had a prob yet
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 02-18-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Tonica,IL.
Posts: 28
For alternator try brake cleaner on a towel, or combo with a small wire brush and cleaner try not to wash/brush the gunk inside the alt. fins
You should not wash your engine-engine bay with pressure washer. With that said. Never when its below freezing, heated storage helps but.....Blow drying with compressed air helps, dont try to get every drop but just to displace majority and around electrical, intake, spark plug wires a-z. Now start it up allow to reach operating temp. a drive is best (helps evaporate moisture). V6-V8 trap more than my inline typicaly collects near intake gaskets on V's, spark plug holes on dohc could cause problems.
Dont spray power dist. box, fuse-relay box, spark dis box -coil, MAF or air filter (if exposed), distributors and carbs must remain dry.
After taking every precation, you may still have problems after washing engine bay. My grampa (retired ford mech Chi.) picked up a cherry Taures SHO cheap from guy he worked with who pressure washed the engine, + it wouldnt run. Several fault codes were tripped. Grampa replaced several bad engine sensors and it ran good after- no codes
I wash my ranger engine bay after the salt + cold. Oil filter change is worst.
My 2.3 doesnt leak and stays relatively clean, daily driver mostly on road so i may clean a few times a year- eng warm w/ straight degreaser + Hotsy, never had a problem... knock on wood.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Engine bay cleaning.... Jrevans2002 Auto Detailing 101 5 01-20-2010 07:43 PM
Engine bay deminsions JoshK General Ford Ranger Discussion 0 06-30-2008 06:31 PM
headers on!!!! more noise in engine bay??? dixie789456 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 9 12-02-2006 09:58 AM
Best way to clean engine bay? 02fx4 General Ford Ranger Discussion 22 09-10-2006 08:23 AM
Seat Cleaning and ToolBox Cleaning 97XLT_NJ Auto Detailing 101 4 09-05-2006 06:33 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:14 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.