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Best way to clean engine bay?

I have mud all over in the bay and I was wodner what some of you guys are using to clean it up?
I have a 2800psi pressure washer but i am thinking that will do more harm than good.
Is just using good old elbow grease the best/easiest way?
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simple green/spray 9.. spray it on, then let it soak
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i used the 2800 psi pressure washer that we have. seemed to work pretty decent actually.
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simple green and a pressure washer!
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just try to keep the pressure washer out of direct contact with the major electronics and you will be fine!!!!
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Leave it in over night and you're good to go!

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actualkly I wouldnt use a power washer, since it has the possibility of pushing water past your seals, and also, alot of these electronics really shouldnt be getting wet.

rince COOL engine with garden hose.. apply solvent of your choice let soak for say 10 -15 minutes - rinse off... let dry for 20 minutes or so, then drive around the block.
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garden hose dosent sound like much fun, i use some degreaser and a pressure washer, comes out squeeky clean and havent had any problems......knock on wood.
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I used Gunk Gel Engine Cleaner... and I have to say -->

I haven't used Simple Green yet, so I'll probably do that tomorrow...
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I usually use one of those pressure washes at the do-it yourself car washes, that works pretty well and it isn't really that high of pressure.
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I use griots engine bay cleaner and detail spray.
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straightedge, your truck is so clean to begin with!!!!! You guys are so lucky to not have snow and what not in florida. My next ranger is coming from there......btw nice engine bay
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damn that is clean, want to clean mine!!
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I've heard people using the bug and tar remover followed by a low pressure rense at the local DYI car wash, they say it works pretty good.
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ive used simple green..hose down..then spray tire shine..but then any dirt and junk gets attracted to it
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ive used simple green..hose down..then spray tire shine..but then any dirt and junk gets attracted to it
thats what i do too... i do it first thing in the morning when the motor is cold and i only have the hose on at a trickle
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I have never cleaned my engine bay since I bought the Edge. I'm leery of spraying water on things...what would I need to mask to do this properly?
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I forgot to add that I only take it to the car wash after I have been mudding and need to get all the mud off. I use Armor-All to make it all shiney after the water dries.
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I have never cleaned my engine bay since I bought the Edge. I'm leery of spraying water on things...what would I need to mask to do this properly?
you could put a plastic bag over the coil and fuse box to keep water out... as long as you are not directly spraying those areas you should be fine
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just FYI most car washes use simple green in the engine cleaners and wheel cleaners :)

I use simple green and a nozzel on my garden hose works just like presure washer you should see my engine bay... to be 14 years old mine looks brand new

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I put walmart bags on the fuse box, battery, and my K&N filter(not shown in pic).
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ive got a huge car show the end of the month so ive been hopin for a good and easy way to clean..ive gotta travel 200 some odd miles tho so i hope it doesnt get dirty on the way there
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Power washer and mcguires carwash.
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