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Need recomendation for cleaning motor

I would like to clean my motor and compartment to show quality stuff. What do you recomend to use that want mess up the electrical parts and such.

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Well, what you don't want to do is get out the hose and spray all over the engine compartment. Your engine is chock full of expensive electronics. Whatever cleaner you end up using, use a bucket of clean water, a toothbrush, nylon pot scrubbing pad or sponge (depending on what you're working on) and work on a small area without letting the water drip down onto any electrical components, wires, relays, sensors, connectors, etc. Once the area being treated is to your liking, wipe up any remaining dampness with a clean cloth and move on to the next area. It'll take awhile, so have patience and take pleasure from the results. As far as recommended cleaners, I personally have not found anything that works better than P21S Total Car Wash. It's a fairly strong citrus-based cleaner that makes short work of grease. But realize that it strips wax, so do not get overspray onto the finish of your car.

Once you've cleaned the engine, go around and treat the various engine parts with rubber conditioner or plastic conditioner, as appropriate, and wax/buff the parts of the chassis that are painted metal (interior wheel housing, tie bars, etc.).

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I've been washing all my engines with strong stream of plain water my whole life. Once you do it regularly every few months you don't need any degreaser. Just do it on warm, not hot engine. Obviously don't spray water inside the fuse box and avoid ignition wires, but the last short I had due the water on the engine was about 30 years ago, when water was shorting one ignition wire on Fiat126 and I had to pull out of my garage on one cylinder working and drive on one cylinder till engine heat would dry the second wire.
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What do you need?--Time, lots of time. If you engine is dirty, you get it clean bit by bit. Gunk degreaser is good. It is available at most parts stores. Make sure you cover electrical items like the alternator. Plastic shopping bags work fine. You might want to avoid getting the degreaser on plastics. For some reason I seem to remember that it can alter the color. Also best to do the degreasing at a do it yourself car wash. Their drainage system does better with grease etc.
I have tried steam before. It did not seem to help much. Also simple green, q-tips.

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