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I've never cleaned an engine before and I'm terrified of doing it. There, I've said it. Now, the OBW being my wife's car, how do I get the muddy coating off the engine? What do I cover with what, do I unplug anything, what do I spray it with, how much, etc, etc. Basically, when you open the hood (bonnet), it's all dried muddy brown. I've driven through a big mud puddle that I believe got it so dirty, but there were few other fun puddles that might have contributed Hep me peeze!
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Good question, interested in the response myself...
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Waste of time/money cleaning with anything other than a rag and elbow grease. Spray water in there and you're likely to wind up with gunky brake fluid requiring a replacement reservoir and master cylinder, a stuffed starter, corroded terminals, ...... the list goes on.
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What about a degreaser spray then + elbow grease??

Tried high pressure air, does bugger all!
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iv'e cleaned my engine countless times with 2 products.
1st.CT18 truck wash (the best). FIRST COVER THE ALTERNATOR+FUSE BOX WITH A PLASTIC BAG mix with water as directed spray all over your engine and wait 15 mins then spray again and wait 10 more mins then wash off with hose with good pressure.

2nd. is a product called simple green. same sort off process but will require a bit off a scrub.

for some reason dirt tends to stick on the rubber hoses quite well so they need a bit more attention.never had any probs with any fluids as subies are very well sealed. not to sure about autos? i think they have a breathing hole somewhere. you might want to check that out
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2nd. is a product called simple green.
Mine is well & truly overdue for a good clean.
I might have to give that simple green a go.
I take it that Supercheap & places like that would have it ?

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Mine is well & truly overdue for a good clean.
I might have to give that simple green a go.
I take it that Supercheap & places like that would have it ?

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it's actually pretty hard to find. i prefer CT18 which was recommended to me by someone on this forum. yes you can get it at supercheap
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it's actually pretty hard to find. i prefer CT18 which was recommended to me by someone on this forum. yes you can get it at supercheap
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Keep high pressure away from the engine bay, unless you can cover the electrical connections, especially those to sensors. Obvious ones would be the cam and crank angle sensors, AFM, etc. I think I have seen simple green at bunnings.

Anyone who does not have any mud in their engine bay? A written explanation is required no latter than COB Friday!
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Hehe, you clean the mud off? I just knock the big chunks off, check the connections to make sure they're still good, and keep going..
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