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Old 01-21-2018, 06:55 AM   #1
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Hi!, its ok to clean the engine compartment with a home water hose? should i take some precautions?

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Old 01-21-2018, 04:18 PM   #2
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Hi!, its ok to clean the engine compartment with a home water hose?
There are always risks whenever water is introduced into the engine compartment, that's unavoidable. Potential problems can be minimized when precautions are taken.
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Oh, yes! You must protect electrical connections from possible contact with water. Moisture inside of connectors can result in unusual issues arising which may impair engine and charging system performance by corrupting electrical power flow within various circuits. Additionally, false readings could be sent to the ECM and result in unnecessary check engine warnings and/or wrench light warnings. Be careful.

A general precaution with regard to the body would be to cover any painted surface near the area being cleaned - fenders, bumper, and perhaps the windshield. Dirty water over-spray bouncing off of surfaces within the engine compartment may contain some corrosive chemical elements within it which should not make contact with a painted surface.

If you go through with this, let us know how things turn out.

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Old 01-22-2018, 11:08 AM   #3
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Hi! thanks for your answer, besides the precautions should i take to clean the engine compartment, is it recommended to do it? or is not necessary?

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[/QUOTE]You won't find this as a recommended service by the OEM. However, it is known that caked on greasy dirt acts as a form of insulation meaning that the engine operates at a warmer than it should otherwise. So is it wrong, or bad, to do an engine compartment cleaning? No. It's a matter of doing the cleaning well and carefully.

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Default Re: Engine compartment cleaning

Just get a can of Gunk and go to the self service car wash. Spray down the engine bay with maybe a quarter of the can depending on much dirt and grease there is. Wait a few minutes and then using the high pressure wand, go at it but obviously don't spray directly into any electrical connectors.

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That's a great picture, atikovi! Am I wrong in assuming that the car there is yours?

If you look at the location of the OP, that person is in Ecuador. I have no idea what the likelihood is of finding a self-service car wash in that country, however, I would expect it to be low.

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Sold that one a few months ago.

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