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Can you clean your Crossfire engine with a power washer

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Old 02-14-2019, 12:40 AM
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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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Old 02-14-2019, 01:12 AM
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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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Old 02-14-2019, 10:38 AM
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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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Old 02-14-2019, 02:55 PM
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Try not to soak the electrical connections. Focus on the block and wheel wells.
 
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:16 PM
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And if oil is leaking from the valve/breather covers, fix that first.
 
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:17 PM
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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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Old 02-14-2019, 09:39 PM
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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 recent Coupe now sold was this clean using this method



 

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WOW!! That’s gorgeous! Which degreaser product do you use?
 
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Valk - That looks very nice. I too, would like to know which engine degreaser do you use? I live in a condo so I have to be careful of depositing a lot of dirt on the pavement. I guess if the product desolves the dirt it won't hurt the pavement. I do not have a lot of grease or oil, in fact none, but the engine compartment is just dirty with dust and road spray from driving. I'm not using a power washer either, just a garden hose. Let us know some of the better cleaner's to use.

Jim
 
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:34 PM
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WOW!! That’s gorgeous! Which de-greaser product do you use?
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Valk - That looks very nice. I too, would like to know which engine degreaser do you use?
Jim
It's called "Rydall MP" but it isnt available in stores....it was a product manufactured at a company I once worked for
It was basically a more concentrated product similar to "Simple Green" sold in stores and it will provide the same results.
Simply lightly spray it on a slightly warm engine and allow it to penetrate the grease and dirt for about 10 minutes
Then rinse with a household garden hose with only the pressure that it provides from the house
 

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Thanks so much for info
 
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:13 PM
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Im new to this engine so I wish someone would show how to do this on a Crossfire thanks for advice my cars engine is very oily and the engine compartment is very dirty. so may have to do this several times. but since the car is old the wire harness could have cracks and that scares me . I did fix the cooling fan issue I had posted it was due to a cut wire to the cooling fan module. Now I gotta figure out why the AC pump doesn't work and I cannot recharge the system. I gotta check the forum for this issue if there is any
 
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OMG Vaulk your car looks better than new . Beautiful !!
 
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OMG Vaulk your car looks better than new . Beautiful !!
That other pic in this thread was my Coupe I had for 11 years and sold 1 year ago.
This is my 2005 6 Speed Roadster currently under the hood.
I have added the same mods to my Roadster:

Needswings Single Cold Air Intake (CAI)
Needswings Oil Catch Can
Mercedes Engine Cover


 
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I would spray any electrical connections with a dielectric lubricant first.
 
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:18 PM
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It's called "Rydall MP" but it isnt available in stores....it was a product manufactured at a company I once worked for
It was basically a more concentrated product similar to "Simple Green" sold in stores and it will provide the same results.
Simply lightly spray it on a slightly warm engine and allow it to penetrate the grease and dirt for about 10 minutes
Then rinse with a household garden hose with only the pressure that it provides from the house
Gary:

Are you recommending the Simple Green Automotive product or the Concentrate?
 
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