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Mine is extremely dirty. I usually just wipe it down, but I'd really like to spray it down with water to clean everything. What parts do we need to cover to do this?
 

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Like UnfocusedST said, using their video or another you can get a feel for how the pros do it. A lot of guys just use a detail spray of some type and just wipe it down like you said, but whatever suits your fancy. Last time I cleaned mine I just wiped it down, but I need to do mine again also.

This could probably belong better in the detailing section, but it might get seen in this section more.
 

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I've lost a couple coils due to pressure washing. One on my F-150 another on my Dodge Dakota. that engine cover looks pretty protective, but the F-150's coils are exposed.
 

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Degreaser and a rag is probably the safest way. If your cover is dirty you can obviously just pull that bad boy off and power wash it until it's clean.
 

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Dish soap in a spray bottle 25/75 water mix. Cover filter with a plastic bag. Spray engine when cold with soapy water. Get soap all over and rinse with water hose not pressure washer. Be conservative with the water. Wipe what you can with a rag and let the rest drip dry. This is what mine looked like after 50000 miles when I pulled it out. I did it every 6 months never had a issue.

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Dish soap in a spray bottle 25/75 water mix. Cover filter with a plastic bag. Spray engine when cold with soapy water. Get soap all over and rinse with water hose not pressure washer. Be conservative with the water. Wipe what you can with a rag and let the rest drip dry. This is what mine looked like after 50000 miles when I pulled it out. I did it every 6 months never had a issue.

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This is exactly how I've been doing mine for years. I clean underhood every time I wash my car. Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle, rinse with a regular hose nozzle (NOT a pressure washer), blow most of the water away with the blower setup on my ShopVac, then wipe down with a synthetic chamois.
 

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This is exactly how I've been doing mine for years. I clean underhood every time I wash my car. Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle, rinse with a regular hose nozzle (NOT a pressure washer), blow most of the water away with the blower setup on my ShopVac, then wipe down with a synthetic chamois.
Exactly and it works great. Some people don't realize dish soap is a mild degreaser. "Dawn, take the grease away" LOL
 

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I had a steam cleaner when I used to detail...I could do everything with it but its main use was engine bay cleaning. Worked awesome
 

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Exactly and it works great. Some people don't realize dish soap is a mild degreaser. "Dawn, take the grease away" LOL
Hence why they clean (and show on the bottles...) baby ducklings with them which are covered in oil. Yet, people are oblivious. lol
 

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I use Zep citrus degreaser and a pressure washer. Just spray it all over, let it sit for a few minutes and spray it off

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steam .....

you can get a small steam cleaner for around $100

been using this method for years .....
 
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