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Old 09-18-2005
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Engine Cleaning on a 3.0 that works great!

Obviously I have a 3.0L motor but I would imagine this would work just the same on others as well.

GUNK makes a new spray-on engine degreaser/cleaner that has citrus additve. For those of you that use the orange hand cleaner, you know that it works better then normal hand cleaner. Well its at least proven that the citric acid in oranges breaks up grease better then most chemicals..

We just got this stuff in at my store and I decided to give it a shot...

1 can of GUNK. - - - - $3.49

Sparying it on and waiting for it to work. - - - 15 min

Engine that looks "almost" Show room Shine - - - - Priceless!!

Honestly it works great and when your done it actually says to let the engine dry them spray a light coat on and start the motor and idle it for a few min's.. Why??? It creates a gloss coat sort of like STP Sun-of-a-Gun would. I will get some pictures up just as soon as I can if anyone is interested in seeing how it looks..
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i may just have to try this on my 2.9L, its kinda nasty lately.
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I've wanted to clean mine for a while. But I'm so afraid of getting water in the electrical stuff and whatnot. Got any pics? I need to see the results to see if it's worth the risk, to me.
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Sounds good, my engine is never clean! Post up the pics!!!!
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i think i should give it a try. i have tried simple green automotive cleaner and it did nothing maybe this will do the trick
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My engine is kind of Funky right now.... Im going to clean it 2maro as a matter of fact. I will take some photos of it so you guys and gals can see how it looks before then see it after..

Honestly it works great and is easy to do...

Here is how I do it...

#1. Run the motor for NO MORE then 3 min to soften the grease! Do not run it more then 3 min or you may damage the block when you rinse the block!!

#2. Next cover the PCM / ECU / Coil-pack / Alternator / *ABS Motor / Battery
*(where applicable) I just use Plastic Strech Wrap from the grocery store...

#3. Shake the Cleaner and spray it on, HEAVY!!! Really soak the motor!! I sometimes use 2 cans when I clean larger V-6's and V-8's. Now if you have any heavy grease spots use a soft bristled brush.. I find that a nylon bristled wheel brush gets into the tight spots and works great!!

#4. WAIT. WAIT.. WAIT... WAIT.... 15-20 min!! This is the crucial step! The cleaner needs to disolve the grease much like oven cleaner.

#5. Using a **GENTLE** Stream from the top side of the motor "rain" the water down and wash the cleaner off of your motor.. Again use the brush if needed. (This is where I am supposed to say make sure you collect the water and don't let the runoff enter ..... Blah blah blah.. who cares anyway?)

#6. Let the motor air dry for 10-15 min uncover the components and start the motor. Idle the truck for a while and make sure you run the A/C if you have it.. The belts may squeek a little but they will be fine after a few seconds. It always happens to me but they stop after only a few seconds of squeel..

Thats it.. Your motor should be clean and should even have a light shine thanks to the citrus oil that remains after cleaning.

(photos to come once I go to sleep and get up and clean the truck..)
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I cant wait to see the pics! Should look awesome.. I always use a nice brush and some Simple Green
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in my 3 years experience of detailing, i have found that as long as you do not spray the degreaser product, hose off and absolutely douse[?], or spray silicone into any of the critical componets PCM, coil packs, alt. you really won't harm them. in the rangers, the only thing i've "broken" was a belt, it squeaked before i cleaned it, and it wouldn't stop after i shined it, no matter what was sprayed on it.

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Is this stuff safe for wheels? does it burn your cuticuls[or fingers] if you get any on your hands? can you spray plastic and painted surfaces?

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Uhhm... Wheels??? I don't know?? It doesn't say that it isn't safe for wheels but then again I don't know...

As far as plastic goes, when I spray my engine it gets all over the Throttle Cable protector as well as the intake box and intake hose and I have NEVER had any adverse reactions...

The whole skin burning thing, couldn't tell ya. I am a Vol. Fireman and PPE is a huge issue for us for obvious reasons..

BTW.. PPE = Personal Protective Equipment.

Anyway, I always use non-latex 9mil Chem-Gloves when I work with chemical cleaners so I don't know first hand.. I will say this though. The can states quite repeatedly WEAR Protection and do not allow product to come in contact with skin.. Also do not breathe vapors in...

Hope this helps... (YOU NEED Adobe Acrobat to see it...)
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Pictures Pictures Pictures!
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PHOTOS ARE IN!!!


Okay, so after an amazing interest in this... I have taken some before, durring, and after photos...

Here is the motor before I did anything..



Here is a close up of the Area by the Oil Filler Neck..


Here is the cleaning supplies I use..


Here are some Photos of the Items I covered before I sprayed the Cleaner..


OKAY.. Here they are.. The After Photos!!



Hope you like it..

Let me know..

Im going to detail the truck 2-maro, but I wanted to get the motor done today to get you guys the pictures...
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does it squeek like crazy now? i used that same stuff at the beginning of the summer and i ended up replacing my belt with a gatorback because the squeek wouldnt go away. now im afraid to use it again even with the gatorback.
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i know its kinda backyard mickey mousing but whenever my belt squeeks i get myself a crayola crayon and go over the inside of the grooves and the flat part of the belt. it always works for me and it makes your belt look cool dependign on what color you choose......lol jkin on the last part
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I've sprayed off my engine several times after trips through mud, and never covered anything with plastic, i only use low pressure and stay away from most of it am i harming my engine? Also anyone know how well it works on caked on mud?
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Looks good I need to do that! Why did you take the Tornado sticker off sorry!
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I already use Gatorback Belts... No I have never had any problems with belt squeel... 1-2 seconds and it goes away...

Caked in mud or dirt just takes longer and a soft bristled brush like the one in the photo work the best...

As for the Tornado Sticker.... Go to 3.0L Performance and look for my thread there titled... AHHH Why Why (Stop Laughing at me) and you will understand!!!
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Im sorry but that looks like crap. It has that nasty residue left over on it. It attracts dirt like no other.
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