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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:40 pm 
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Before I begin... I am 99% not going to do this because I am basically too scared! :argh:

However, when you look online (YouTube) about cleaning car engines, most sources say that once electrics are covered, it is 'safe' to power wash the engine. Whilst I could understand this will clean up the grime, the thought of the knock on effects of doing this on an old car engine is a bit scary. Particularly for my 1988 c900 T16S.

Just thought I'd ask you guys to see if:
1) Have you ever done this, and what were the after effects?
2) Is this approach as mad as it sounds for an old engine or am I being a total wuss? (Sensible comments only please! :D )

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:55 pm 
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Location: Hipperholme...it's in the Doomsday Book, but more importantly its in YORKSHIRE!!!
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Check out Vinces work. He has the best engine bays on here by a street...he doesn't use a pressure washer either.
A quick search for Vince and then scroll through his posts will have some excellent examples for you :-)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:08 pm 
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Cheers Kent, will do.

Total novice so all helpful tips and tricks very welcome!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:36 pm 
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I'll save you a bit of time :-)
Check out HERE for an example of his superb work...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:43 pm 
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pressure washed the Volvo plenty... leaky pas pump means one side of it is caked in crud... works well enough

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:58 pm 
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Kent61 wrote:
I'll save you a bit of time :-)
Check out HERE for an example of his superb work...
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Cheers Kent. Spent some time looking at Vince's posts. Impressive stuff. Would love to know his tips and tricks. This is one of those things were you can bet £1M there is a long way and a short way to getting a nice clean engine. Would like to take the short way!!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:03 pm 
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jasovanooo wrote:
pressure washed the Volvo plenty... leaky pas pump means one side of it is caked in crud... works well enough


There are some YouTube videos where you start to think, yeah OK I might give this a go. Then there are people like this guy where you start to feel the confidence draining away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAGWRl7dQc0&t=130s

Good to know you have tried it on a Volvo though and had no ill effects.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:26 pm 
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I did aim away from the loom etc but then I was using a VERY powerful petrol powered washer... I did do the saab too but it took a fair chunk of paint off the rocker cover lol

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:01 pm 
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Bet it came up nice and clean elsewhere though!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:59 pm 
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I've done it on a number of cars, never bothered wrapping anything just avoided aiming at anything overly sensitive. Never had any problems.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:34 pm 
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Cheers Tim


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:49 am 
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Have a brew and watch Larry from Ammo NYC's videos about it, https://youtu.be/V4ZHLRAX_tU .

There's another one on his 'Drive Clean' video channel which is pretty good too. For what it's worth I regularly pressure wash my engines, never had an issue!

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I personaally would prefer to use gunk/jizer/paraffin plus a brush and elbow grease (don't forget cardboard plus newspaper underneath the car :park: )

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:26 pm 
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Last engine I pressure washed was an old P reg Golf Gti. I left the engine running while I did it and I had no problems at all. Not tried the same on my SAAB yet though....


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:13 pm 
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On balance it seems this could be done reasonably safely. However, mentioned it to a mechanic here in Jersey and he said 'noooo way, asking for trouble'. With that, whatever confidence had brewed up went sharpish. WD40 / spit and polish it is. :wall:


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I pressure washed my wifes NG900 years ago after the oil cooler blow,

the car broke down about 20 miles from home due to the aux belt tensioner seizing and snapping the belt :wall:

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