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Old 12-27-2005
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engine on or off???

when ur engine is all muddy and u decide to wash it is it best to leave the engine runnin or shut it off??? this has always been a iffy situation with me cause so many people say oo leave it runnin then others say shut it off or u could do damage. so whats the real way
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Off. Cool. Stay away from the Power Distribution Box. Dont drown the alternator (a little water wont hurt it, just dont flood it). Low/Med Pressure. Thats it.

I'v been washing mine that way for years.. works great. In your manual there is a diagram of what not to soak, might want to review that just for good measure. Dont use harsh chemicles, Orange Clean or Simple Green work best.

Good luck!
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read the book it comes with.

but ive done it both ways running and off, i dont think it really matters, just dont concentratethe spray in one place.
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off..make sure and let everything cool down first, a red hot block with cold water sprayed on it isnt a good combo..simple green works awsome....
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thanks guys someone was tellin me about hot block and cold water today and i was like next time ill make sure the engine isnt that hottt lol
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you would have to completly submerge the block inorder for it to cause problems. ive washed mine time after time when it was hot, no issues.
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I've done mine both ways.
If i am going to clean it really good, i turn it off.
I also cover the intake and the distributer cap with a bag.
After i read the manual, it says to turn it off and cover all the electrical parts.
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I've done mine both ways.
If i am going to clean it really good, i turn it off.
I also cover the intake and the distributer cap with a bag.
After i read the manual, it says to turn it off and cover all the electrical parts.
Your truck has a distributor cap?
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