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Will it mess anything up if i spray a little cleaner on my lbz and hose it off? I got some of that good ol tennessee red clay dust on the engine and it is driving me crazy. I just want to be sure it wont hurt to hose the engine off. Thanks for any info!:)
 

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Be sure to use a mild degreaser that will not harm aluminum. I wash mine off at least monthly.
 

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I do it all the time, just take it easy around the alternator and ECM/TCM. Towel dry it and start it up to dry off while I clean the interior. My belt squeals like hell when it's wet for a couple of seconds though.
 

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Thanks alot for the input. I will wash off my (cold) engine this weekend if the weather is going to be nice. I dont like the dusty black plastic look much anyway.
 

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yeah just use no hard pressure. you can take a piece of a plastic bag to wrap around your bigger electrical connections. Just be careful around the FICM as well.
 

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I use a little Simple Green, then hose it off, then spray a little vinyl cleaner and leave it. Vinyl cleaner doesn't collect dust like Armorall does. I think it helps keep the belt and hoses from drying out.
 

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I've been using simple green to clean the engine and engine compartment on every vehicle I've owned for years and never had a problem. I just make sure I rinse everything real well.
 

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i just looked at my 06 and it isn't there.
 

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i use 409 and greased lightening, i havn't had any problems spraying the engine down, and i don't cover anything, i do it everytime i wash it
 

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Be careful with Greased Lightning. It is very caustic to aluminum, magnesium and polished parts if used too strong or left on too long. Don't ask me how I know.
 

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I use a little Simple Green, then hose it off, then spray a little vinyl cleaner and leave it. Vinyl cleaner doesn't collect dust like Armorall does. I think it helps keep the belt and hoses from drying out.

What brand cleaner do you use?
 

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Meguires works well.
 

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I use simple green, or mean green, whichever i have available at the time. Spray it on let it sit about 10 minutes, and spray away !!

 

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I steam clean the engines on my big equipment all the time. It makes them alot nicer to work on, and weld on. I don't like to catch on fire when I am welding, but that's just me.Be sides if the engine is clean you won't have as great a chance to contaminate it if you tear it apart.
 

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I have had a bad experience washing down engines. On my 1988 gasser, it started making a nasty squeeking noise after washing that never went away. Must have got some water in the pully or alternator bearings. Now I just wipe the engine down with a rag.
 

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I hose mine off at the car wash (there's one close to my house so I can get there before the motor is hot). I just make sure I don't get too close with the high-pressure hose. If you do it often, all you're doing is blowing off dust so it doesn't require much.
 

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