[DML] Re: Engine Wash
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[DML] Re: Engine Wash

I use Windex/Simple Green for the light stuff, laquer thinner for the 
really heavy stuff (read the can and wear gloves). It's generally not 
a particularly good idea to hose down a DMC engine, at least the top -
 it tends to fill up the spark plug wells with water (then the car 
won't run!). I don't really understand why, but the spark plug boots 
seem to do a poor job of keeping water out but a great job of holding 
it in! This also fills up the holes in the "valley of death". They 
will eventually dry out with engine heat, but I prefer just to wipe 
it down. 

You can also try a spray-on engine degreaser but don't get carried 
away. It should be fine under the engine, on the lower frame, oil 
pan, etc. 

Also be careful about filling up the asbestos shield under the 
catalytic converter with water - if allowed to remain wet for an 
extended period of time it will sort of dissolve into asbestos dust. 

After you do anything involving water be sure to drive the car enough 
afterwards to get it good and hot before you put it away. 

Dave S


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Rick Heile" <rick.heile@...> wrote:
> Hi,
> Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should use to wash the 
> engine and the engine compartment? I want to clean off all of the 
> grime as well as freshen up the engine compartment walls.
> Thanks,
> Rick
> 3290

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