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#1 cressws1


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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:14 PM

Recomended? Pro's and Con's? Local valet place does it for around 10 just worried it could cause problems on an older car. (1999 Focus, See picture)

Help and advice much appreciated as usual.

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#2 LiamZetec


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Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:58 PM

I highly recommend only getting it done by someone who really knows how to do it otherwise as you said, damage can be done if it isn't done properly / carefully. I know one Pro though - the whole engine bay looks squeaky clean and brand new looking lol. I remember getting my Focus back in May and the engine bay looked absolutely brand new - I suspect that it was cleaned while at a Ford dealership not long before I got it as the previous owner px'ed the car there apparently. The only con that I can point out though is that within a couple of months the engine bay is completely dirty again :(


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Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:54 PM

Ive cleaned my engine bays before, I wouldnt trust anyone to do it but myself though. If you decide to have a crack at it yourself this is the way I do it.

First cover vunerable electrics with cling film, I use this stuff because its easy to manipulate around the electrics

Then spray 'gunk' or any engine degreaser over the engine bay and leave for 5 minutes

Use a light bristle brush to work in the gunk / engine degreaser

Rinse off with a hose, dont use a power hose, I just use a normal hose pipe without an attachment

Dry the bay off with a towel or whatever you have handy

Spray a plastics restorer all over the bay and leave for an hour ( I use Autoglym vinyl an rubber care)

and you should be left with a nice clean engine bay

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:06 PM

vaseline is good for covering up electrical connectors to keep them dry...just wipe off after. Piggy

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