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View Poll Results: protect the elctrics or just let be
yes i would 10 76.92%
no i wouldn't 1 7.69%
Life's too short to worry about these things 2 15.38%
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Old 09-09-14, 05:05 PM   #1
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just wondering because of a recent thread , would you or wouldn't you take precautions when steam cleaning an engine bay in regards to the electrics / fuel intake etc or would you just blast away regardless , myself i'd waterproof everything i could
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Old 09-09-14, 05:09 PM   #2
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I've blasted engine lots of time with hose pipe. As mentioned on the other thread, problems only come up when you have damaged wiring or damaged seals.
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If you really truly have to ask that question then you have not really washed many engines that's all I am saying on the matter !
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which is why i'd protect eveything that way you get to check things to make sure its not going to go tits up
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If you really truly have to ask that question then you have not really washed many engines that's all I am saying on the matter !
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My engine bay is very clean and always dressed.
I just use some de greaser and an open ended hose (if it's a car I've just bought I'll probably need a stiff bristled brush too).
Dab up the majority of the water with a towel, then spray some AG V&RC and drop the bonnet. That's it.
I might at some point over the next day or two give it a buff over just in case there is any excess product knocking about.
I've never had any problems with modern cars and rinsing the engine, although with an older car maybe some plastic bags and cling film might be worth considering.
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Sort of depends what you mean. I would 'protect' things by not spraying ECU/ fuse boxes directly with a high pressure sprayer as they can force water past weather seals easily, however a garden hose is no worse than driving though a puddle.
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Sort of depends what you mean. I would 'protect' things by not spraying ECU/ fuse boxes directly with a high pressure sprayer.
Exactly this is all the protection you need !!

Knowing what you can and cannot spray directly is the secret to success
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Knowing what you can and cannot spray directly is the secret to success
nail on the head their mate , which is the reason behind this , i dont want anyone think that they can put the garden hose pipe on the motor and everythithing else and expect things to work right because it wont
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I recon 80% of motorists would not think it safe to wash their engine anyway !!

The remaining 20% know how to do it safely
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