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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2019, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning engine bay

Any problems cleaning the engine bay what electronics should I look out for?
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Do you mean using some type of power washer ? if using one no need to have it set on full power .The electrical connections are waterproof after all these cars are built to be driven in the rain .If you have an aftermarket CAI I would wrap the filter element in plastic wrap ie: Saran Wrap or aluminum foil . I would not use any type of caustic cleaners Simple Green works very well for this and you don't have to worry about damaging the paint or plastics . When I'm finished rinsing things I take a hand held leaf blower and give everything a good blast to remove any water then I start up the car and let it run for a bit to dry things off .
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I agree with Sting Ya except to say that I would not use a pressure washer at all. The connectors are water resistant, but not necessarily under extreme pressure. Normal hose pressure is about all I would use.

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I agree with Sting Ya except to say that I would not use a pressure washer at all. The connectors are water resistant, but not necessarily under extreme pressure. Normal hose pressure is about all I would use.
^^ this. Weather resistant, not "water proof".

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The hot ticket is dry ice cleaning, it doesn't affect engine bay electronics. But you have to live somewhere where the service is offered.


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Certainly better than a pressure washer, but I still don't like the idea of pointing a high-pressure jet at electrical connectors.

I am still most comfortable with spraying everything with Simple Green or car washing soap, then rinsing thoroughly with hose-pressure water.
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I recently watched a great video on cleaning the engine bay and the person suggested disconnecting the battery. Anyone do this?
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Probably not a bad idea- plus you can clean under the battery if you remove it- I'm trying to make a steam cleaner out of an old kettle right now to clean my engine bay!
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Probably not a bad idea- plus you can clean under the battery if you remove it
Have you ever removed a Solstice battery? Not a trivial job, and certainly not one I'd undertake just to clean under it where no one will ever see anyway.
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True, but I'm going to remove mine though because my fender on the rocker is misaligned as the previous owner didn't match up properly when he replaced the battery
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I've never disconnected or removed my battery while cleaning an engine compartment unless I was replacing a battery no need to . As for my comment about using a pressure washer I live in a semi rural area so the water pressure is not the greatest as mentioned above when I use the washer I have it set at a medium setting and I try to avoid spraying it directly on electrical connectors . The Delphi connectors on our cars are pretty water tight and as CW mentioned they are "weatherproof " my mistake one thing that I do when disconnecting an electrical plug before I reconnect it I always give it a shot of dielectric grease to keep any moisture and corrosion out . Another thing I do is give all my rubber hoses and plastic covers ( inner fenders on the Solstice ) a wipe down with a rubber/plastic protectectant I like Lucas or Griot's Garage products .
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