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Old 12-09-2008
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need to powerwash under the hood

anything i need to not get wet?

there was a thing or two to be careful of on my grand prix, juts making sure thats not the case with the ranger..
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I never cover anything but my K&N intake when I wash and I haven't had a problem. Just don't get too close too anything or else you could force water past a seal.
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okay. intake was one thing on my grand prix since it was aftermarket CAI, but im still stock on the ranger, so that really shouldnt be a problem.

but im just trying to get all the dust and mud out of there. offroading is a messy hobby. lol
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I usually just use a lot of Simple Gren and the garden hose.
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warm the engine up spray on a lot of simple green let it scrub with a brush if you would like then rinse off and repeat as many times are you would like
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just watch out for electrical connectors. Try not to spray real close to plugs and modules and such. Just be smart about it and you will be fine.
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cover the Ignition coil. since you still have a stock intake thats all you need to worry about your supposed to cover the alternator but i didn't the last 2 times i washed under the hood and it didn't do anything
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Try not to spray (with high pressure) the alternator, coil pack, fusebox/electrical connectors and rubber hoses (rad hoses, vac hoses and T-connectors). You can spray everything down but it's generally best not to use high pressure on anything if you can help it. Spray the engine down with tire degreacer or Simple Green and then rinse it down.
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I don't cover anything I just try to avoid the alternator battery and fuse block directly
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warm the engine up spray on a lot of simple green let it scrub with a brush if you would like then rinse off and repeat as many times are you would like

You do not want to start w/a warm engine.

I like to spray grease lightening all over it, let it set for 5 mins, then spray it down, but do not let the hose stand still in one spot. Move it around considtenly. Avoid a lot of water on the alternator and coil. Other then that I've had no problems. Using a power washer is fine, just do not use full power. A low setting is fine.
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why dont you want a slighty warm motor not like hot but warm to touch
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take simple green... spray it on and let it set for about 5-10 minutes... then take your garden hose and rinse it off and be done with it. no scrubbing involved or anything.
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You do not want to start w/a warm engine.

I like to spray grease lightening all over it, let it set for 5 mins, then spray it down, but do not let the hose stand still in one spot. Move it around considtenly. Avoid a lot of water on the alternator and coil. Other then that I've had no problems. Using a power washer is fine, just do not use full power. A low setting is fine.
+2 spraying cold water on a warm engine is not good
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washed mine with "boat / rv degreaser" lol ... i gotta stop going mudding
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