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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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:yeahthat: 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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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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Yea I seem to be fine...only thing I do is not spray the battery or the air intake with high pressure other than that I pressure wash the whole bay just stand a little farther than usual...and oh deft make sure the car is off don't want any shorting or flooding


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...and all this time I have been doing it with a slightly damp shop rag and a ton of elbow grease. :pat:
 

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...and all this time I have been doing it with a slightly damp shop rag and a ton of elbow grease. :pat:
That as how I used to do it too, but then one time I was just lazy and pissed at how long that takes, so I just hosed it, threw some soap at it, hosed it down again, then dried it off and all in less time than the ol' elbow grease method.
 

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I'm gonna try to steam clean mine. I'll post pics of before and after. My wife randomly has a steam cleaner from before we met, so I've always wanted to try this!
 

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^^^^ Geez, scared the pee outta me!

I'm wondering if it's necessary to use foil or seran wrap over the alternator and fuse box and such...
 
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