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What kind of soap to use on engine?

Going to clean the engine and some mudd up underneathe my truck before the lifts comes on tomarrow. Is there any specific soap to use for the engine or no. Yes i know all bout covering up the spark plugs and soo on .Just wondering?
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Simple Green or Simple Green Automotive or Orange Clean (anything along these lines)

PS.. No nead to cover spark plugs..
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I jus do it to make sure no water gets in them. Just want to be safe. I understand i dont have to jus makes me feel better. Guess waay world sells em?
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simple green
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Water cant get into spark plugs, but whatever floats your boat.

Yea you can get those things at Walmart, Autozone, Pepboys, Kragen, Target, ect...
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Ok sound great! Ill just take some simple green from work in a half an hr. We got tons of it. Cool!
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I prefer a good deodorant soap. I hate to say it, but my truck STINKS sometimes, especially whe I come out of Wharton...
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lol thats where the mudd is still from! sprayed it out once and still not clean
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OB works the best out of all those other soaps - simple green, orangy stuff.... ob works the best hands down.
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is that orange blast you say??? that is the best for everything!!!
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simple green automotive is awesome, and has a piney(sp) type smell as well.

i agree with some type of deoderizer. i used to play in construction sites, and some of the fill dirt and stuff they use smells so horrible. and it sticks to your truck like no other.

since im lowerin tomorrow, i think its a good time to hit the whole truck with the pressure washer!!
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Actually, I was joking about "deoderant soap" (thinking like Lifebuoy or Irish Spring or something, lol) -- but you have a point. I bet the OrangeBlast leaves it smelling citrus-y fresh!

Next, we just have to get me to smell better...
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Yup that it, Orange Blast. That stuff rocks! I use it on everything now. Simple Green and Orange Blast are all you need for your cleaning needs!
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Ranger-Forums has been brought to you by: Orange Blast and Simple Green -- the only two colors you'll ever need...
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So it does not mater what you get wet as long as you let it dry before starting. I need that mud off my engine!
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I blast mine monthly. I put simple green in my mr clean auto dry and suds it up. Let it sit for a while then rinse it. After it's dry I go back with simple green in a windex bottle and power blast (squirt squirt) the areas that are still dirty. I just spray those little areas hard with the windex bottle like a mini pressure washer. I like the smell.

The only time I have had trouble was with an aerosal citrus cleaner on a 3.0. I got the belt squeek real bad after using it. It wouldn't go away until I swapped belts.
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there is a place by me that has an amazing engine cleaner at the coin wash u spray it on and it bubbles and stuff and 5 min later u spray it off and it looks amazing
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yeah man... i use orange stuff all the time. works great.
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I heard you shouldn't spray near your fuse box because it's only a plastic cover and water can get into it and in the fuses. Is that true?
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I just use the Engine/Tire cleaner setting at a local 24/7 car wash. It's Engine safe, and having a pressure washer shoot it out works wonders, my engine looks new. I just dont clean near the Optima, and near the intake.
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Yeah go the engine cleaned last friday. When i asked about it. The simple green works awsome! Cleaned up right nice before the lift!
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Simple Green, followed by 1/2 can of tire foam
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That simple green really does work, but I've stopped trying to get my motor super clean... after a few trips to Wharton, you realize its just not worth the effort
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I warm up the engine a bit. Shut it off. Cover the electricals and air intake, then use this stuff:

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