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Sorry if it's already come up..I have the 2.4 4 cylinder and I want to know has anyone cone across a good method to clean the exterior of the engine itself so it looks nice.

Pressure washing I was warned to be careful about...

Then there is the spray can of stuff then hose it off. ....

Any ideas or tried and true methods?
 

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Wellll everybody does have their opinion, So here is mine.
go to a store and get a gallon of Simple Green cleaner and get a hold onto a pump spray bottle that can mist and stream. Run the engine for just a few minutes , not getting to full temp. Mist down engine bay with garden hose, NOT soaking it.then start spaying on the cleaner as a mist ,use stream for hard to reach places. Let it work for 15-20 minutes then garden hose spay down the engine bay. Repeat steps as needed to get desired results.

Hope this helps you out
 

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Personally, if I am detailing someone else's vehicle or my own, I will use a large combination of cleaners and brushes. I worry about covering the alternator, [very] open wiring, open filter elements, or anything that is intentionally shielded from the elements from the factory. First I quick go over the engine bay with compressed air to remove loose debris. Then, I rinse the engine bay with the hose on a mister setting, but not with heavy flow or high pressure. Once rinsed, I soak the engine bay with an All purpose cleaner out of a spray bottle. I use a variety of detailing brushes [wool, bristle, foam, etc] to clean in all of the crevasses. I find paint brushes to work very well, the detailing brushes I use are basically paint brushes with rubber handles to prevent scratching on painted surfaces. After all of the grooves are agitated I will rinse the engine bay out once again. Then, using compressed air I try to remove as much water as possible.

Lastly is whatever dressing you want to use. I prefer a natural finish as opposed to a glossy finish. The ones I prefer to use I apply liberally over the engine bay while it is still wet, allow to sit until it starts to dry, but before leaving high spots I wipe down any of the plastic surfaces with a cotton cloth. After the dressing is dry, I use a detail spray on all of the painted surfaces. Whatever you do, avoid allowing any water or cleaners to dry as they will either leave water spots or redeposit dirt, oils, etc.
 

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Go to car wash, open hood, spray liberally with high pressure rinse, go home, use leaf blower to dry engine. Done.

When I have time and the inclination strikes, I will detail the motor with a low gloss tire dressing...spray it on everything under the hood after blow drying, and wipe off/buff with a clean cloth. Looks showroom new.

As long as you have never had any bad fluid leaks, you do not need to use any cleaners or chemicals.
 

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I think that Texas hot , dry air has something to do with helping out in the "like new" look! LOL Watch out for Polar Bears !!
 

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@canadan that surely looks clean!!! Just a little: buy yourself an upper strut brace from the 3.6 ltr 2012-2016 models. This is the best modification to the car you can do, no more torque steer, much better handling for something like $ 40.00.
 

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I tried a few methods today. First compressed air to loose dirt and vacuumed with brush vacuum. Next sprayed some crc engine cleaner in parts I wanted to clean. Then used small steamcleaner and then rinsed with low pressure water.

And then I did the thing that actually cleaned, wiped with a wet microfibre cloth. Using stick inside it to get to small places.

Last thing waxed hood downside and parts that were painted. And then added C4 to some rubber and plastic. There is still a lot to do ( polish metal, fix rest of rubber and plastic, paint rusted bolts etc but ran out of patience for today. Maybe someday.... :D

 

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I have been using "Gunk" brand engine degreaser thats safe for plastics recently. I let it soak and re-apply in areas where the cleaner dries out. Then i use a low pressure power washer to rinse everything off. Then I use a spray tire shine and soak everything down in the engine compartment. Once the tire shine is sprayed down, I close the hood and start the car. I typically let it run for 5 minutes or so...or wait until I have the rest of the car power washed.
Once the car is done being washed I shut the car off and pop the hood back open. The heat from the engine will dry or burn off the residual shine where it should not be and then I take a fiber cloth to wipe everything down.
The only thing I have not been able to get clean is the aluminum block/heads/transmission/brackets. They are still discolored aluminum when I'm done but the rest of the engine bay looks like new.
 

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Sorry if it's already come up..I have the 2.4 4 cylinder and I want to know has anyone cone across a good method to clean the exterior of the engine itself so it looks nice.

Pressure washing I was warned to be careful about...

Then there is the spray can of stuff then hose it off. ....

Any ideas or tried and true methods?
What I did was I got the AutoZone Engine Degreaser, read the instructions, rinsed, then applied trim shine to all the black plastic and such.
 

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What I did was I got the AutoZone Engine Degreaser, read the instructions, rinsed, then applied trim shine to all the black plastic and such.
Now that is a BIG difference in appearance!..Nice work
Now please go to the Newbie check in page and introduce yourself and "clean" ride to the whole forumz family!
 
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