When a car comes in clean, shiny and well cared for, MOST (certainly not all) mechanics will take extra care when making a repair for it is obvious that this person respects his machine and wants it to perform properly.
When a mechanic gets into a car kicking empty cups and dirty diapers out of the way (hmmm remember the singer Melanie back in the 70's?? ( I've got a brand new pair of roller skates ).....Dirtiest car EVER!!!) then he pops the hood to reveal an oily, dirty and obviously ignored mess, well.....thats the level of care you will have given to your rolling pig sty!! EWWWW!!! Let me fix this pile of crap quickly and get it out of here.......Take it away!!!!
I totally agree with what djkeev says. My co-worker's husband fixes vehicles and he is always disgusted at how so many people's vehicles are so disgusting. Back in 2002-2003 when I had my brand new 02 Sunfire GT, I would literally clean that thing just about ever day. I would take it to a local Speed Shop to have work done on it and the guys that worked there always commented on how nice and clean my car was and how it was so nice to not have to move garbage, etc. out of the way just to work on the car. That was the biggest and best compliment ever. One of the guys even told me I was going to wash and/or wax the paint right off if I kept washing/waxing it so much .
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|If I go ahead and hose it off, which components do I need to cover? I know not to use high pressure. I figure I should cover the fuse box and battery. Anything else?|
Rain water hits all that under hood stuff at 60, 70, 80 MPH and is rammed into everything. The seals are designed to withstand water. As you mentioned stay away from a pressure washer and simply hose off the area. Use simple green if you need a soap. It gently cleans pretty well.
Whelan wrote:1) Cover the terminals of the battery with a ziploc (probably more for piece of mind)
2) Lightly spray down the bay
3) Coat the bay in Simple Green and let it sit
4) Use a soft bristle scrub brush to loosen or remove easy to reach spots
5) Spray down the bay lightly again
6) Air/sun dry and then apply a vinyl/plastic cleaner (Meguiar's #41) or similar interior/dash type cleaner to all plastic, tanks, hoses, covers, etc.
7) lightly apply wax to the edges around the hood and engine bay. This goes a long way to keep water and debri from building up over time, allows a smooth surface for it to flow down the proper drain paths.
This is for a pretty harsh bay, but once this is done it's a pretty simple process that would only include steps 6-7 to keep it maintained. I clean out my bay twice a year (spring/fall) when I am doing my big season checkups just before summer and again before winter.
My Matrix when I got it
Of course the GLI didn't need such work cause it was my first new car, so it should be easier to keep clean.
Vaggeto wrote:Just to verify, does anything else need to be covered up like the MAF sensor or fuse box or anything? Are tehre any negatives to use engine cleaner rather than simple green, or both? My engine bay is extremely dirty.
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