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Old 04-11-2008, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cleaning under the hood

okay, up until the solstice, I didn't care mucn about cleaning under the hood, but now I want to keep it as clean as possible.

what's the best way to clean it?
can I just go to a Do-it-yourself washing booth and spray it off with water??

thanks in advance.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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08 Deep gxp and I just wipe it down with a damp cloth every time I wasth the car. Inside the hood and the trunk well u know the place were we put the top.LoL.
Just a good habbit when the car gets washed. Do under the hood.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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08 Deep gxp and I just wipe it down with a damp cloth every time I wasth the car. Inside the hood and the trunk well u know the place were we put the top.LoL.
Just a good habbit when the car gets washed. Do under the hood.
I do the same, if it gets wet, I wipe it dry.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you mean the underside of the hood, or so you mean cleaning the engine?
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Whats the difference, its all plastic anyway. Damp towel always works for me.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Whats the difference, its all plastic anyway. Damp towel always works for me.
Disclaimer: I don't have a Sol yet, so I don't know the layout/what it looks like...

It's all plastic? Is that cuz I basically has an engine cover?

On my PT I generally use a degreaser, scrub brush, stream from a hose, then dressing on the engine bay (engine, hoses, etc).

I can get in more detail if people want, but I'm not entirely sure exactly what applies here...

<goes of to look for some Sol engine bay pics>
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I do the same as everyone else,, whipe it clean each time I wash. The only exception is that every once in a while I try to use more water and really soapy towel. I always do that before I start washing the car (for obvious reasons).



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Old 04-11-2008, 03:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ant he big red thing there (that says Ecotec). What do people rever to that as (i'm not sure if it's the vavle cover, or if it's a decorative engine cover. Is it metal or plastic?
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It's the big plastic cover for the engine and MRK has custom painted his - pretty nice huh?
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i got in the habit of cleaning under the hood everytime i wash it also. i use meguiers mist and wipe on all the plastic under there and it keeps it pretty well. i just dont like the idea of turning a hose on under the hood.
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It's the big plastic cover for the engine and MRK has custom painted his - pretty nice huh?
OK, cool. I'll be painting mine when I get it. Right now, I have several powdercoated and painted pieces under the hood of my PT. Just cleaned the engine bay on my GF's PT tonight (lot's of plastic on the N/A) how I described for a car show tomorrow
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliment lady

You know the first thing I thought of when I started looking at all the aftermarket parts was ,,, "where the hell are the engine covers??????"

We have replacement everything but engine covers. I can't believe someone hasn't come up with a good looking cover for sale already. That seems like it would be so easy, and everyone under the sun would want to order one. I painted mine because there was no options out there (could be chrome? or pre-painted, powdercoated.. or maybe have a different design on it othere than just ECOTEC)

Maybe I'm just thinking too much into it though.
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Soap, water and a power washer.
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:14 AM   #15 (permalink)
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A POWER washer ? Isn't that a little much for under the hood ? How could you get that much crap in there to wash anyway ?
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