View Full Version : Detailing Engine

01-26-2002, 02:04 PM
Hey I just bought a pressure washer and a engine detail kit and its a sunny day so im going to detail my engine soon. I just need to know what I should cover up when I wash it. I plan on wrapping the Intake with a towel. Is there anything else I should do?? thanks

01-26-2002, 03:11 PM
and dont do it before you have to go anywhere like i did. I ended up getting water into the ignition coil area and only 4 of my 6 cylinders were firing properly.
I spent a good hour drying those areas out with an air compressor and ended up late for work by an hour =/

but i must say, my engine never looked better =)

i think i'm going to paint the engine cover the same colour as my car, or red. (with high heat paint that is =)

01-26-2002, 04:09 PM
Ok should the hot sun be enough to dry it out? IM gonne leave it out for like 3 hourse after im done. How will I know if I get water into the coils?

01-27-2002, 12:57 AM
hmm, you bought a pressure washer. One of those high pressure sprays, am i correct?

Just make sure that you don't spray the engine w/the high pressure washer. You may want to set it at sprinkle mode or even just use a garden hose w/an attachment that you'd normally use to water your garden. I'm just trying to play safe here, because blasting high pressure water onto the enginebay? hmmm, sounds a bit dangerous and i picked up a tip of not to use it for the enginebay. trust me, hehe, i hang out at this car care forum and there was a discussion about this before. Anyhow, you may want to cover up the batter, air intake, spark plugs, any other exposed electrical components with baggies.

I've made a big mistake of not covering the spark plugs last time and man, my Volvo t-5 wagon was choking! took the whole night till the morning when the car finally ran perfectly. :P

Well good luck and hope your engine shines like new :P

01-27-2002, 01:03 AM
Very strange thing that I observed. After my Inspection II servicing, Town and Country BMW cleaned the engine bay. One thing i noticed was that the scent floating around when I popped the hood open was the smell of WD-40 LOL. I was questioning myself if whatever they sprayed on the plastic parts and coverings was WD-40. Because for one thing, after 5-6months, all the dust from outside stuck onto the plastic parts which were sprayed with some shiny stuff (which i still think was WD-40)

any ideas guys?

01-27-2002, 01:29 AM
probably like what i said in the last post. to make the plastic components look shinny LOL... dam.. heee bling bling

01-27-2002, 04:40 AM
No, the wd-40 actually dries up the elecetrical components. You spray it on your wires, and coil, and it takes the moisture out.

01-27-2002, 05:55 AM
Yup, keep that stuff away from your belts..

01-27-2002, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by ROB89M3
It's much easier and safer if you brought your car to a professional detailing place cuz they have all the necessary equipment and all the soaps to detail your engine!! For 45 dollars ..its worth it!!

Try this place called Major Automotive detailing. They are located at Hwy 7 and Keele St area.The owners name is Quah.

PHONE # 905 738-6600

tell him I referred you to him!! They do excellent work on engines!!

before show si always take my car to my BMW Dealer..
they have a detailing department.. for 120$ i get interior,
exterior, engine, engine bay, underbody etc etc. all detailed
to show shine standards... my dealer they love my car always
like it when i go to shows etc ... sometimes some of the guys
come along... its got to the point where they detail my car for
free now :D

01-27-2002, 09:24 AM
just in reply about the pressure washer
it's okay to spray it with full force with the pressure washer. I wash my whole car with the thing. It strips the grime right off the paint. Just dont hold it too close (always hold it about 1 foot away) because you'll strip the paint right off the metal.
I sprayed my manifold and it took off all the surface rust and it made it look like new again =)
(just an example of the nice things you can do with pressure washers)

01-27-2002, 08:40 PM
OK i washed it and my engine never looked so clean Ill post a pic in a second. And I 've had no problems either.

01-27-2002, 09:26 PM

01-28-2002, 05:42 PM
Pressure washing my engine also solved a the HUGE lag I was getting in my car. My car feels 1000 times more responsive now. Best thing i've ever done

01-28-2002, 10:31 PM
One thing about WD-40. It's not a lubricant. Just like some of you stated, it attracts dust and dirt. It's actually an excellent cleaner. Meant to be sprayed on and wiped off. And when I say wipe off, I mean as much as possible. Then you're meant to use a proper lubricating product.


01-28-2002, 11:19 PM
to keep it clean (well, the part you can see) you can cleanit up with a half wet towel every time you wash the car. me and my bro do that all the time.

BTW isn't WD-40 used as a lubricant for some squeaky things??? i thought it WASN'T supposed to be a cleaner and WAS supposed to lubricate some things.:huh?: :huh?: so very confused....

01-29-2002, 03:07 AM
My advise.....

Use a solvent cleaner to break down the grease and road film (let it sit) then rinse off with very light water pressure. Let it dry completely then use a foaming tire spray and let that sit then wipe off excess. This leaves a nice shine on the rubber and protects it. Also you can use goo gone and elbow grease on the paint expecially on the underside of the hood. The procedure I used when I worked at a detailing shop.

DO NOT USE FORCED AIR!!!! it pushes the water into wireing and other parts and WILL damage them