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Old 02-16-2017, 12:40 PM   #1
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I'm guessing to just mix up a mild soap solution in a spray bottle, spray on, and gently rinse with a hose. Any parts I should avoid?

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I use Super Clean, pick your choice of degreasing solution. Dish soap works reasonably well as it cuts grease.

I spray on and let it sit a while. I then use a pressure washer on everything.

Avoid spraying directly at openings around the air cleaner and not to close around electrical connections.

I let the truck sit outside with the hood up to dry everything out for a few hours after before I start it up. Best to do it on a day with low humidity so it drys well and fast.


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Best to do it on a day with low humidity so it drys well and fast.
ROFLMAO. Did you see where I live? That's like maybe 10 days out of the year!

Thanks for the tip. I'm not keen on the pressure washer idea. But I like the product recommendation.
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Automotive Simple Green(it's safe for aluminum) and a garden hose. Soak it, let it sit 5-10min, & then rinse away.
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Don't get the coil packs wet. I found that out the hard way on my Mustang last summer.
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Always do it on a cold engine & I let mine air dry when done. You can use compressed air, just be careful. When I was a kid I did a lot of damage to my dad's car, power washing his engine for him....lol
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I wrap the alternator, intake, and fuse box. Use a water hose and a leaf blower.
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Wrapping the alternator, etc. is a good practice to apply. Some people use plastic and rubber bands, some use aluminum foil.

I will never use a pressure washer under the hood. Many do without issues but I won't take the chance. The degreasers and products recommended above will work well.

If you're really looking for the "like new" look, McKee's Trim Detailer works great. This is my 2007 Solstice:

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