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    Thread: DIY- Cleaning Engine Bay

    1. 07-19-2008 11:00 AM #1
      Hey guys. Searched for DIY and never found one, so I decided<br>to do my own. I hope it helps you guys.<p>Please note, this is the procedure I used. It works for me. In no way am I responsible<br>for any damage that you may cause( not that you will, and Im hidden in the smallest <br>country in Africa!!)<br>Please READ ALL instructions on cleaners before you use them, and check that they<br>are engine friendly.<br>This is also a perfect time to check for loose hoses, any leaks, tighten all clamps,<br>luve the DV, clean flat panel and put everything neatly back in place. If you are doing the<br>DIY-Engine bay cleanup SAI etc., an engine wash is the perfect thing to do right after.<br>Please correct me if Im wrong in any way. Im doing this from the goodness of my heart<br>for the newbs especially.<p>PS( I dont care what cleaners are better. Im in Swaziland, this is the best I could purchase<br>over here))<p><br>1. One or two able bodies for the job!<p><br><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>2. You will need<br>- Rag/cloth, sponge and steel wool<br>- Paint brush (new)<br>- Star screwdriver and spanner<br>- Some form of plastic cleaner<br>- Enigine wash (I used castrol)<br>- Electrical Contact cleaner( for PC use etc)<br>- Something to smoke or chew on<br>- Aluminium foil<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>3. Start by covering all electricals. Normally your engine will be waterproof, but hey,<br>who wants to take a chance. I found aluminium foil the best to use.<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/a.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/b.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>4. Start the engine, and let the car warm up a bit. The photo shows ideal temperature. <br>General rule of thumb, if you touch engine and its not hot enough to say "ouch" then<br>the temperature is okay.<p><br><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>5. Once engine is warm, switch off. Remove negative battery terminal.<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>6. Remove engine covers. Spray your engine cleaner on places needing to be cleaned, and let it<br>soak in for a while( read instructions on cleaner).<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/5b.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>7. Now that cleaner has soaked in on grime its time to remove grime. For general blaces use<br>the paint brush and rag to clean. For in betweens and hard to reach places, I put a thin wire<br>with a rag covering and cleaned these places.<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/6a.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/6b.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/6c.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>8. Once all the grime is removed, its time to wash off your engine cleaner/grime remains. <br>Lot of people will rush to use pressure hose, but i reccomend a nice, easy flow from<br>a normal hose. (you might notice your plumbing has white spots from cleaner. Dont worry<br>about that)<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/7.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>9. My blower broke out on me so I used sun power!! Its 34 degrees celsius today, so<br>it was quite a fast process. I used a rag to remove water that sat/remained in grooves.<p><br><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/8.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>10. While waiting, i decided to get some steel wool and metal polish to clean intake manifold<br>etc..<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/9.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>11. When engine is dry(or relatively dry) use a dry cloth to wipe foil around the engine<br>electronics to remove any water, and then remove the foil. Leave to drive out nicely.<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/10.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>12. Once you sure the engine is completely dry, clean the sensors out with contact<br>cleaner. It cleans the sensors, and displaces moisture. Please make sure its user<br>friendly with electronics. Generally computer stores sell the best ones(here anyway!!)<p><br><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/11.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>13. Last but not least, use a plastic polisher/cleaner of your choice to clean and add<br>shine to all hoses, covers etc. Do the rain cover as well. Try to use a silicone free<br>spray beacuse a) it collects dust super fast and b) it gets a bit hard on the<br>hoses and may cause them to crack( easy boost leak!!!)<br>Dont forget to check engine for any tools/foil you could have left over. Replace engine covers<br>and the negative battery terminal. Switch car on, and let idle for ten minutes. You<br>should be able to know by hearing, for any misfires etc for water that could have seeped in(a<br>bit impossible if covered correctly but possible non the less). Easy option would be to<br>run a quick Vag.Com<p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/12.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/13.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/15.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/16.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Admire your beautifil work. Please excuse my engine cover, I stupidly scratched it<br>in the process. <p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/DSC00735.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/DSC00738.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/P010107_145101.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>

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      07-19-2008 01:48 PM #2
      nice car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
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    3. 07-19-2008 02:04 PM #3
      Nicely done, added thread to FAQ <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

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      07-19-2008 02:44 PM #4
      looks good! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> like the bumper, who makes it?

    5. 07-19-2008 02:48 PM #5
      Thanks so much you guys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

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      03-25-2009 04:04 AM #6
      CaMALE toe! <p><IMG SRC="http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii120/HuziDada/16.jpg" BORDER="0">

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      03-25-2009 04:22 AM #7
      AHAHAHAHA<br>that is so worth being ressurected lol
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    8. 08-10-2009 02:21 PM #8
      looks nice

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      08-10-2009 03:18 PM #9
      What front bumper is that? It looks badass
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      08-29-2011 11:12 PM #10
      wow we came a long way from 08 cause im pretty sure this car would be getting a lot of hate in these days

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      08-29-2011 11:31 PM #11
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      08-30-2011 01:40 AM #12
      Wow
      Last edited by fosterfobag; 08-30-2011 at 01:47 AM.

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      08-30-2011 01:46 AM #13
      Actually I'm pretty grossed out.

      A) Lower
      B) What the f^$# front bumper is that?
      C) Door Handles
      D) Chrome wheels ain't working.

      but hey, it's not my car.

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      08-30-2011 03:50 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by fosterfobag View Post
      Actually I'm pretty grossed out.

      but hey, it's not my car.
      Amen....
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      08-30-2011 04:03 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by PoLock33 View Post
      Amen....
      Clean engine..Those wheels and bumper offended me.

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      08-30-2011 04:56 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by builtvw View Post
      wow we came a long way from 08 cause im pretty sure this car would be getting a lot of hate in these days
      No Bad Days.

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      08-30-2011 07:00 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by builtvw View Post
      wow we came a long way from 08 cause im pretty sure this car would be getting a lot of hate in these days
      ^This.
      No joke...a little stomach acid came up when I saw this car. I appreciate how the owner took the time to detail the engine bay. However, this does not take away from the fact I nearly spit up what food I had in my belly. An overall rating of 2 and a
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      08-31-2011 02:24 PM #18
      exactly my point lmao

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      08-31-2011 02:51 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by fosterfobag View Post
      Actually I'm pretty grossed out.

      A) Lower
      B) What the f^$# front bumper is that?
      C) Door Handles
      D) Chrome wheels ain't working.

      but hey, it's not my car.
      Quote Originally Posted by PoLock33 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by desertdubs_C View Post
      ^This.
      No joke...a little stomach acid came up when I saw this car. I appreciate how the owner took the time to detail the engine bay. However, this does not take away from the fact I nearly spit up what food I had in my belly. An overall rating of 2 and a

      Go back to the emkayfour forums.

      When I clean my bay I find it easier just to take the coilpacks out with wiring just to make sure I don't get any water in there. Just makes the job a lot easier and gives me piece of mind.

      Good write up non the less.

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      09-01-2011 02:04 AM #20
      im thinking they made a hot wheels car of it

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      09-02-2011 02:49 AM #21
      I saw a pretty sweet honda today.....

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      09-02-2011 03:38 AM #22
      thread is mad old lol.. but yea you two are right
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