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I bought my Crossfire back in Oct 2018 cheap the engine compartment is very dirty and unloved I heard never to power wash a Crossfires engine compartment it has bees nests and grease oil build up etc. This car was unloved. I bought engine degreaser which I wanted to do in the spring, does anyone have and suggestions. this car has its issues with the cooling fan and A/C doesn't work and the tps and light sensors and radiator light dash light are on. I watched on youtube Like Chrisfix power washed his engine in his Mustang My engine is really dirty. have not done anything yet just want suggestions thanks
 
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Just make sure you cover the intake tube if you have removed the engine cover, otherwise there should be no problem.
 
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Just make sure you cover the intake tube if you have removed the engine cover, otherwise there should be no problem.
Keep away from the alternator, it has holes in the casting. Do not do it with the engine hot, warm is OK.
Drain it and remove the radiator and fan it will help do the front of the engine, you can flush the engine of coolant at the same time.
 
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Try not to soak the electrical connections. Focus on the block and wheel wells.
 
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And if oil is leaking from the valve/breather covers, fix that first.
 
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Keep away from the alternator, it has holes in the casting. Do not do it with the engine hot, warm is OK.
Drain it and remove the radiator and fan it will help do the front of the engine, you can flush the engine of coolant at the same time.
I second the recommendations to protect the alternator & avoid a hot engine. I typically use a plastic bag (Walmart, Target, any food store, etc.) to cover the alternator. Once you split the bag a little, you can place around the alternator to protect it from the deluge you'll get from a power washer.

I would also suggest you consider using a good engine degreaser and after letting it soak for about 10 minutes, just spray it off using your garden hose. If the engine is really dirty, you may have to repeat this a few times to get the engine totally clean. This method avoids the high delivery pressure from a power washer.
 
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Yup this is on my "to-do" list very soon. My car too was unloved and the engine compartment is very dirty. I just completed re-sealing the breather vent covers as PIZZYGUY suggested. I took a rag to the heaviest places I could reach by hand and I have bought a can of spray cleaner I plan to spray all over the motor then hose it down. I plan to cover the opening for the air intake, alternater, battery. I want to do it at home with my own pressure washer as it has less pressure than a commercial car wash sprayer. Then again, maybe just a good garden hose sprayer like suggested my do the trick. Look up some videos on YouTube for power washing car motors. It can be done safely.
 
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Use a good degreaser and avoid high water pressure
With a pre spray of a good engine cleaner/degreaser the water flow from a home garden hose is sufficient
Apply degreaser to a very slightly warm engine and after cleaning and rinsing simply start the engine and go for a drive and the engine heat will naturally dry itself
Then once dry use an engine detailer spray
Mine is this clean and looks like this using this method



 
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