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#1 Tato

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:38 AM

Hi guys

I would like to wash the engine of my Fiesta and I thought that you guys could give me some tips. Is there anything that I should know before washing it? Is it a good idea to wash it with a high pressure water pistol?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:47 AM

I've always taken mine to someone who can wash them. Think it usually costs me a tenner. Rather pay that than attempt it myself and have to shed out more replacing things

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:31 AM

i put a plastic bag over the battery and where you pour the oil and brake fluid in then pressure wash it :)

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:46 PM

i put a plastic bag over the battery and where you pour the oil and brake fluid in then pressure wash it :)


You.didn't have any problems after right?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:26 PM

Pretty sure your supposed to steam clean engines not use a pressure washer

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:41 AM

Pretty sure your supposed to steam clean engines not use a pressure washer


I was also thinking about the steam clean, but I am not sure if I find any around...

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:02 AM

I used my local body shops on my old focus

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:13 AM

Cover the appropriate parts with cling fling (or similar) then spray down with an APC. Rinse with an open hose, don't use anything with pressure, makes things harder to control.

I then dress with an aerospace sealant.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:10 AM

Rinse with an open hose

£1,000 fine if you do that round these parts ;)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

Just leave your bonnet up loads of rain about

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:48 PM

From what a lot of people have told me its best not to use a pressure washer on it as it can cause damage to the engine. Steam cleaning is better, thats if you have one of course but they say that if you have the time and can be bothered clean it all by hand with a small sponge or a small fabric hand mitt is always your best bet. always remembering to protect the battery, oil filler and all those bits and bobs.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:37 PM

From what a lot of people have told me its best not to use a pressure washer on it as it can cause damage to the engine. Steam cleaning is better, thats if you have one of course but they say that if you have the time and can be bothered clean it all by hand with a small sponge or a small fabric hand mitt is always your best bet. always remembering to protect the battery, oil filler and all those bits and bobs.


Probably that's the best thing to do. One day take a few hours and wash it by hand. I am waiting for sunny days and I will do that because I don't want to damage anything. Takes longer but it safe at least.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:55 PM

Hello guys and girls!

I'd really really appreciate if someone could post some pics of the necessary parts being covered next time you wash your engine!

I tried cleaning mine with cg hfew spray, a small brush and compressed air but took really really long, and without any good result so I quit it. Many parts out of my reach too...

So far I've read about covering the battery, air intake, alternator. I have quite a few cables whose rubber dressing is short on their ends so I got quite a few reservations. Anyone having done the procedure with rinsing, if you could post some pics I'd really appreciate it.

thnx in advance

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

I just use a wet micro fibre cloth and scrub :P

and add some back to black stuff

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:58 PM

Does it clean well or leave residue? How about the areas hard to reach like around the oil indicator or lower?

I guess black on black or any other dressing (AG VRC, 303 etc) will not stick there if there are dirt remains...

Do you have any pics?

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