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Old 07-04-2011, 08:07 AM
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Do you powerwash it?

Do you use some kind of soap?

I would like to know so it doesnt look so Sh*tty..will washing it hurt anything?

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Never, never power wash your engine. A garden hose is fine if you spray then engine down gently. There are several engine cleaners and degreasers out there. I prefer the citrus one myself.

In short, cleaning your engine won't hurt anything as long as you don't use highly pressurized water that can force itself into and under seals in your engine bay.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:29 AM
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Yeah but it looks dirty as hell...dont like that...needs to be presentable..
Who am I supposed to present it to, the duke and duchess of Cambridge?

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Well I'm sorry u like working on a dirty engine and yes cleaning it has a great purpose. Keeping dirt from where it doesn't belong.....try it sometimes
1. Engine not dirty. I live on a gravel road and I've had a 4.0 for about 6 mo and it's clean. Had a 2.5 for 8 years and it wasn't very dirty either. A little dusty. Sold it in a heartbeat.
2. I don't work on it. Nothing's broke. Nothing broke on the 2.5 and your hands are going to get dirty changing oil and filters anyway.
3. With these engines lasting 300,000 or 400,000 miles, I have a hunch Ford has figured out how to seal the dirt out unless some clown blasts it in with a power washer.

A guy can keep a machine tool looking pretty by blowing chips off with an air hose. Of course it also blows chips inside where it screws things up.
That's why you don't.

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Old 07-05-2011, 07:16 AM
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Who am I supposed to present it to, the duke and duchess of Cambridge?



1. Engine not dirty. I live on a gravel road and I've had a 4.0 for about 6 mo and it's clean. Had a 2.5 for 8 years and it wasn't very dirty either. A little dusty. Sold it in a heartbeat.
2. I don't work on it. Nothing's broke. Nothing broke on the 2.5 and your hands are going to get dirty changing oil and filters anyway.
3. With these engines lasting 300,000 or 400,000 miles, I have a hunch Ford has figured out how to seal the dirt out unless some clown blasts it in with a power washer.

A guy can keep a machine tool looking pretty by blowing chips off with an air hose. Of course it also blows chips inside where it screws things up.
That's why you don't.
Who cares if they wanna clean their engine let them clean it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:09 AM
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I always keep my engine and suspensions clean. I just bought a somewhat neglected one owner focus that was pretty dirty.......I had to get it cleaned up so you can figure out if you have leaks and where they come form........I don't think you can be a serious DIYer and run around with a dirty greasy engine compartment.......IMHO..........also I am not sure if it a coincidence or not but I have never flunked a State inspection and I have done a lot of them with 8+ year old vehicles......
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:58 AM
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I'm sure keeping a clean engine bay will help your truck run much smoother as all the dirt/mud/silt that builds up retains the heat thus making your truck run warmer.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:03 AM
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I'm sure keeping a clean engine bay will help your truck run much smoother as all the dirt/mud/silt that builds up retains the heat thus making your truck run warmer.
That and you get some much dirtier if you don't keep everything clean and all that dirt and grime traps moisture, which promotes corrosion.

I don't like getting any more dirty than I have to while working on my vehicles.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:12 AM
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^ I hear you on that. I can't tell you how much I loathe getting dirt in my eyes changing a starter.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:03 AM
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I'm sure keeping a clean engine bay will help your truck run much smoother as all the dirt/mud/silt that builds up retains the heat thus making your truck run warmer.
"...much smoother..." Ridiculous!

cooler = smoother Ridiculous!

"Engine BAY" gimme a break.

The thermostat controls the temperature. If the engine is radiating heat slower because it's covered with dirt the thermostat opens more and the radiator expels the heat. Besides the heat has to transfer to the water jacket before it can reach the dirty exterior.

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That and you get some much dirtier if you don't keep everything clean and all that dirt and grime traps moisture, which promotes corrosion.
My experience has been the opposite. Dirty engines are dirty because they are greasy. And greasy wont rust.

I don't like changing a starter on a dirty engine either but unless the starter fails just after I detailed the engine and before it rains its going to be dirty.

If you guys want to keep your engines detailed and pretend you have some kind of show car that anybody cares what the engine looks like, so be it. Just don't try to justify it with ridiculous claims and don't waste your time and mine dreaming up some ridiculous example of something so caked in mud that it takes prodding with a 2x4 to break it off. That's not what this thread is about.

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Old 07-06-2011, 04:29 AM
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Ok Negative Nancy, you are the utmost expert on all things vehicle wise and know it all. Why are you even on a forum?

I never said I detail an engine, I said I like to keep it clean so it minimizes how dirty I get. Yes, dirt, grime, and grease does trap in heat, it also does trap moisture which promotes corrosion, and a clean engine enables one to see where a leak is much sooner than if it is all covered in grease in grime.

I'm not newbie to working on vehicles and while I may make suggestions to others on what they do to theirs to help them on what they ask for but I don't go and kick them in the groin if I don't agree with what they do either.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:33 AM
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Ok Negative Nancy, you are the utmost expert on all things vehicle wise and know it all. Why are you even on a forum?
Whenever I see someone claiming something much different than my experience has shown or passing on some old myth or simply making making crap up, I point it out and usually explain why. Maybe you like a flat earth forum where everybody agrees, right or wrong. OK with me. I ask questions too and say "Thank you" for the answers just like Mr Rogers taught me. Have a great day.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:53 AM
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What do you do to clean your engine?

Absolutely nothing! The hood keeps it covered up. That's what its there for.
read the title of the thread again.....you hijacked the thread to start an argument.....if they want to clean their trucks....what business is it of yours?

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Whenever I see someone claiming something much different than my experience has shown or passing on some old myth or simply making making crap up, .
I agree....that's what I do too^^^^^^^^^......you are full of more crap then your filthy truck!............

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Old 07-06-2011, 11:42 AM
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Whenever I see someone claiming something much different than my experience has shown or passing on some old myth or simply making making crap up, I point it out and usually explain why. Maybe you like a flat earth forum where everybody agrees, right or wrong. OK with me. I ask questions too and say "Thank you" for the answers just like Mr Rogers taught me. Have a great day.
It is not made up. True, the primary method of engine cooling is the cooling system. The surface area of the engine is a secondary method. The engineers take that into consideration or they would enclose the engine and not go through all the trouble to make sure the systems are sealed against the elements. Not cleaning the engine will put more of the work load on the primary system and thus more wear and tear on it.

The oil pan does a great deal to cool the oil in the engine and cannot do this efficienty if it is all caked in grime due to leaks and so forth. Thus will cause the oil to wear sooner.

Vehicles with a power steering system without a cooler utilize system surface area for the same reason as the oil or both systems would have coolers from the factory.

Cooling from the surface area of the engine bay componets is a big deal and if they are grease and oil coated, they will not operate as efficiently.

Will it cause a catristrophic failure if you don't clean the engine bay? No, it has been proven time and time again. Do people enjoy working in an engine bay like that? I guess it depends on the person but I sure as heck don't.

Can I eat off my engine? No, like you said before, dust and dirt from water spray will get in there but there is no good reason why there should be a quarter inch of grime in there either aside from sheer laziness.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:43 AM
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read the title of the thread again.....you hijacked the thread to start an argument.....if they want to clean their trucks....what business is it of yours?



I agree....that's what I do too^^^^^^^^^......you are full of more crap then your filthy truck!............

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Actually it's pretty clean today. Fascinating what kind of fluids you use. Keep up the flow of valuable information.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:47 AM
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It's like talking to a brick wall! I give up! Take care of your vehicle how you want and others will take care of their's how they want and we'll agree to disagree.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:57 AM
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Im gonna try your method dixie, looks so fantastic!!!!!!!!

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And Botta get off this thread he asked how we clean it, not why do we clean it...
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