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    Brand New looking engine?



    If your wanting a brand new looking motor. Go to wallmart or any shopping store. Look for Simple Green. Spray it on the motor, let it sit. Then spray the motor off with a hose. Then wipe it down. Repeat the process again, or until your motor is to your liking. My motor looked horrid before. And now I keep it spotless. Just a simple little thing to make your legacy look brandnew.

    It may take several cleanings to get it spotless. but def worth it IMO
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    What did you disconnect/cover before the spray down?
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Lol nothing

    Ive taken the legacy through several creeks and rivers...so wasn't worried about a spray from a hose.
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Just avoid spraying water directly onto the alternator.
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    I have done this, but I always leave the hood open in direct sunlight after I finish to let it dry, that way you don't have to worry about the water causing a short when you turn your car on.
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Tire shine looks good on rubber/plastic pieces too
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    a pressure washer is always helpful too
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    +1 on not running the car right after the wash if you dont cover the alternator. Use tin foil to cover anything you don't want to get wet. works great!
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldozer24
    a pressure washer is always helpful too

    Now thats scary sounding.....Id be too scared to try that
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Its funny though everytime I have ever pressure washed an engine bay everyone (mechanics) always told me to have the car running and try to avoid the alternator. Apparently its better to see the alternator arc as its being washed then cranking after the wash and having electrical gremlins..

    But if your paranoid a zip lock bag covering the alternator works just fine.

    +1 on the Simple Green this stuff works better then store bought engine shampoo.

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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    water hose, old wash mit amd some wheel acid cleans my engine bay right up. and i also blow dry the engine bay afterwards so theres no standing water leftover. works with my car and customers too
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Wow, just picked up some simple green max (it was cheaper then just simple green?). This stuff is great! No scrubbing or anything and everything looks like new!

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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Took out my ac the other day, and behind it was nastyness.... So I picked some up tonight! Ill do it tommorow hopefully
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    I'm so doing this lol

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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    its called a steam clean, with the car running spray it with degreaser, simple grean, whatever then spray it down, the heat from the motor creates steam which will disolve the crud, after you run it for 10 mins or drive around spray it down again. Almost every dealership detail shop does this to make motors look clean
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by aznguy0087
    water hose, old wash mit amd some wheel acid cleans my engine bay right up. and i also blow dry the engine bay afterwards so theres no standing water leftover. works with my car and customers too
    id be carefull with the tire acid, it does work as long as you make sure you clean it all off. I have seen many cars with hoses and lines destroyed because the acid ate threw them, it does work, just be cautious
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    I wash down my engine every time I wash the car using a pressure washer (not a little nancy boy pressure washer either) and spray the sh!t out the engine and everything else around it - including the alternator.
    The only that's ever gone wrong is the external alarm siren made a squeak noise for 15 mins or so till it dried out.
    I take the car around the block to get rid of all the water "resting" on the block etc.

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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Every car I owned or ever detailed I sprayed the engine down with degreaser let it sit then hit it with the car wash sprayed. Never had issues even spraying the altenator. If you have a open air intake you have to avoid spraying it. Don't cover it while its running. I washed a car twice with the engine cool and off and I had issues. One wouldn't start.
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    I just did this the other day. I let the engine cool and sprayed it multiple times. It started right up after about 2 hours of drying in the sun.

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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    I heard simple Green and aluminum don't mix
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1-3-2-4
    I heard simple Green and aluminum don't mix
    You might want to do the research yourself instead of relying on what people say...
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    I've never seen that one before I was thinking the one in the green bottle.

    I wonder if it's mixed to a 1:1 ratio
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    I use Purple power, a knock off of Castrol Super clean. WAY BETTER then Simple Green... I used Simple Green once and never will again...

    I have used it for pressure washing engines, seats, cleaning the shop floor, stripping paint from model cars, cleaning my bathroom... You name it, ok, I dont take a bath with it, that would be painful, but its good stuff!

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    I've never tried purple power before.. the last simple green I brought was way back like in 2003 I picked up the automotive spray bottle.. I really saw no effect on cleaning..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead91silvia
    I use Purple power, a knock off of Castrol Super clean. WAY BETTER then Simple Green... I used Simple Green once and never will again...

    I have used it for pressure washing engines, seats, cleaning the shop floor, stripping paint from model cars, cleaning my bathroom... You name it, ok, I dont take a bath with it, that would be painful, but its good stuff!

    Mind if I see some pics of its aftermath? May pick some up!
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    I dont use that much soap in the enginebay, i increase the heat on the boiler. 320C and it takes all the gunk. Works well on off highway trucks that are in for service.
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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by MRLancaster
    Quote Originally Posted by Dead91silvia
    I use Purple power, a knock off of Castrol Super clean. WAY BETTER then Simple Green... I used Simple Green once and never will again...

    I have used it for pressure washing engines, seats, cleaning the shop floor, stripping paint from model cars, cleaning my bathroom... You name it, ok, I dont take a bath with it, that would be painful, but its good stuff!

    Mind if I see some pics of its aftermath? May pick some up!
    I'll see if I can find some pics... I know I have some around. This stuff really in amazing for what it is!

    Just dont use it on polished aluminum, freshly painted engine/chassis parts, or exterior paint...

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    Re: Brand New looking engine?

    Engines with light oil/dirt/grease will clean right up, but its socked you will need a brush and maybe a pressure washer. I washed all of these with just the Purple Power and a hose. Used a brush on a couple of them to get them really clean..

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    Simple green WILL corrode aluminum if left on too long. They make a simple green product that's safe for aluminum and designed for cleaning engines.


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    Simple Green has also developed break-through water based cleaners that are safe for use on metals, plastics, rubber and high tech alloys. Extreme Simple Green® Aircraft & Precision Cleaner and Simple Green® Pro HD are available on both the industrial and retail markets, respectively. These products were initially developed for the aircraft industry and extensive testing shows that they are safe and effective on a variety of metals and other sensitive surfaces even in the most extreme circumstances.

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