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    Question 450 engine wash

    Hey, I newish now how to clean my cabrio's engine
    Can i throw detergent and water all over it not drowning it but getting it to be clean?

    what do you suggest i need to get her to roadworthy station

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    Brake and clutch cleaner is a great way of getting rid of oil deposits and grime. A bit more expensive but a damn sight easier. Just make sure she's not running at the time.

    You can use water and detergent, just try and avoid anything electrical.
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    perks is correct.... maybe to be on the safe side, use a plastic bag and some cable ties over open electrical parts. I use an all purpose cleaner diluted to suit then spray it over, work in with a brush and leave to dwell for a few mins... rinse it off with a hose (not too powerful) then dry as much as you can.

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    Now I'm really confused... I can get my head around cleaning the panels once a year but cleaning the engine??! nope sorry... protective layer of grime

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    I agree Kate.....a nice electrically insulating layer of oil, and helps prevent nuts/bolts rusting together.

    Only time an engine should be clean, is just after a rebuild, and before it's installled.
    Last edited by Or_GazM; 07-07-2013 at 05:34 PM.

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    If an engine is clean you can always see any problems that start, leaks etc

    but each to their own

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    If it's out of sight, does it matter?
    I've heard of individuals steam cleaning engines, but it could be a bit invasive for modern engines with electrical bits and bobs with anomalous behaviour as an outcome.

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    In my opinion, clean matters but not every time you wash a car. Think about motor bikes, you have to wash the engine on them when cleaning, they are also in the elements at all times.

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    It's an engine. It's not designed to be cleaned.
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    Certainly helps if you intend to sell. And as FirstImpression said, a clean engine alerts the owner to any developing problems. Also offers somewhere to eat your dinner.

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