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    Quote Originally Posted by X83 View Post
    These are good for like a diesel or old v8 not good under the hood of these new civics
    They have an acid based wash that slams crap off not good for the plastics and rubbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EffBee6fromthe209 View Post
    These are good for like a diesel or old v8 not good under the hood of these new civics
    They have an acid based wash that slams crap off not good for the plastics and rubbers.
    I've never had any problem using the stuff on plastic & rubber parts and been using it for many years now. Just don't use any cheap all-purpose degreaser cleaners that contain sodium hydroxide because it will oxidize the aluminum parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X83 View Post
    I use the foamy one.

    Everyone will tell you what to do/use and what not to do/use, but I guess it's a personal preference. I've used the above many times on various vehicles, new and old, and have never had any problems, short term or long term. The above should be used on a cool engine. After I allow the above to penetrate the "gunk" I rinse thoroughly. I then let the engine bay air dry in the sun.
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    I wash my car then whatever is left over I use to wipe down the engine bay. Plastic, rubber, metal, etc. doesn't matter. Then I hose the crap out of it to make sure that I rinsed everything off. Then I get a towel and start drying everything my ogre-sized hands can reach - especially the places where water can pool. I also do it on my driveway which is slightly inclined so it helps the water drip off the engine parts. Sometimes I get the engine bay so clean I'll fire up the car and barbeque on the engine block! Well, not really, but it does get pretty clean in there. I clean it so often gunk and grime can't really build up. It may on the undercarriage, but, out of sight, out of mind!

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    Thanks! and DWils - keep that under-car clean too! Don't want any rust breaking stuff down!

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    cleaning engine bay

    has anyone hosed off the engine? if so have you covered any engine parts so they dont get wet? thanks guys

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    not sure, might be a hassle...i've heard of people steam cleaning it though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honduh1424 View Post
    has anyone hosed off the engine? if so have you covered any engine parts so they dont get wet? thanks guys
    Yes it works fine as long as you don't use high pressure and do it with the engine running and don't spray any chemicals near the pulley system .
    And avoid shooting water directly to electrical connectors.

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    I clean my engine bay. A clean engine is a happy engine! I wash the rest of the car first, then prop the hood and wash the engine (ignition off). I spray it all with my garden hose using very little pressure. Then I use a sponge to wipe off everything I can get my sponge on (minus the battery). After that I use the same garden hose and use a generous amount of water to make sure I rinsed off all the soap from everything. Finally, I'll dry everything I can get my hands on (special attention to the battery tray, it's like a little lake) including frame, hoses, metal, plastic, etc. I close the hood and take it for a little spin around the block so that any leftover water evaporates (or so I hope). I also wash my car on my driveway which is inclined which helps me think that all the water drains off. I have been doing it this way for a few years without any problems (yet).

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