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bladed_metal
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bladed_metal Oct 23, 5:53am - #307099 

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How do I steem clean an engine?

Hey if anyone could help me with knowing how to steam clean an engine that would be great. thnx
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GOLDCELICA Oct 23, 8:59am - #307100 

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Originally Posted by bladed_metal
Hey if anyone could help me with knowing how to steam clean an engine that would be great. thnx


If you have a steam cleaner. With brush attachment steam clean all the metal pieces. Get deep down into the crevices and hard to reach area's. Don't steam anything electrical such as plugs, wires, ignition coils, alternator, battery, etc. Just clean the engine bays rubber seals, metal pieces, plastic pieces, nuts, bolts etc. Wipe down with a terry cloth rag to get rid of the residue. Don't get to crazy with the steam. I steam clean my motor about every month to rid rust. thumbsup

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Rave669 Oct 23, 10:49pm - #307101 

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no, that's not it, I know what he's talking about...

There's a product available at most auto parts stores, it's an engine bay cleaning product made by Gumout called Steam (it's in a green or grey aerosol can)

This stuff doeas an awesome job. it's easy to use too.

Buy a can of Steam, or a similar engine degreasing product.

Run the car until it heats up to full operating temerature, park the car in your driveway, or wherever you will clean it.

shut off the engine, and wrap the Intake filter in plastic of some sort, or put a plastic bag over it with a rubber band securing it.

Now, with the engine still hot, spray the contents of the can all over the engine bay, on the engine, firewall, inner fenders, everything... until the can is empty if it's real dirty, a can is good for 1 or 2 cleanings.

let it sit for about a minute or two, after which, you hose down the engine bay. use a towel to soak up any water puddles on the valve cover, or in the nooks and crannys of the engine bay.
Avoid spraying electronics and alternator, but some water won't hurt (unless the ECU box is leaking of course!)

Viola! your engine bay is spotless!

Remove the plastic over your Intake and you're done!

Spme people prefer to remove the engine plastics first, and clean them seperately; this is considered the preferred method, and the one that I use myself.

This is what most people mean when they talk about steam cleaning an engine. using an actual steam cleaner will take a lot longer than this method.
Below is a pic of a can of Steam.
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AzNRaCeR Oct 24, 12:47am - #307102 
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yea you dont want tp spray all over the engine...only parts that are not sensitive to water. becareful of the spark plugs...if water gets in...they dont come out easily

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