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Old 07-17-2018, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default I want to powerwash my engine bay; How to protect alternator in '01 SL2?

I've got a 2001 SL2 that's running pretty well at the moment. I did a hand cleaning as best as I could a few months back but my roommate just came home with a power washer so I figured perhaps this was an opportunity to give the engine bay a bit of a clean again. I've got some engine degreaser and I'm ready to go.

The big areas I've read to be protected are the ignition coils which shouldn't be a problem to cover. The other thing is the alternator, but (unless I'm mistaken about what I'm looking at - behind/below engine on passenger side near the wheel) it's located in such a terribly awkward location that I don't know how to reliably cover the area, and I'm not going to risk damaging something because I want to get the car a little cleaner.

Do you guys have any thoughts on how to cover the alternator? Is there anything else I should be covering?

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Old 07-17-2018, 01:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: I want to powerwash my engine bay; How to protect alternator in '01 SL2?

Don't bother covering stuff
Leave the car running and just be aware of what you're spraying. I might get roasted for that but its always worked for me.

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Old 07-17-2018, 02:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: I want to powerwash my engine bay; How to protect alternator in '01 SL2?

^^agreed. Just do it.

Just soak the whole thing in engine degreaser, give it a couple minutes and pressure wash away. Don't directly spray the spark plug holes (too much) or the alternator (too much) and you'll be fine.

I've pressure washed many, many engine bays (and dirty alternators) and never had an issue.
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:04 AM   #4
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Default Re: I want to powerwash my engine bay; How to protect alternator in '01 SL2?

I hosed mine down the other day while it was cool.

I was curious if you have to worry about cold water cracking a hot aluminum block or head?

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Old 07-19-2018, 12:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: I want to powerwash my engine bay; How to protect alternator in '01 SL2?

Be careful around the exhaust manifold. That can crack if blasted with cold water. I'd avoid spraying the ICM/coil assembly as well, but anything else shouldn't be too much of an issue.

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Old 08-09-2018, 02:49 PM   #6
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Default Re: I want to powerwash my engine bay; How to protect alternator in '01 SL2?

the water is not going to hurt the alternator or coils,when your driving in the rain they both get swamped with water

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