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Engine cleaning

I picked up a new truck and the engine bay is soooooo dirty what is the best way to clean it and easiest. What to use, etc.?

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Glad you asked this - I have the same question.

I almost drug the pressure washer out last night, but decided against it. Hope you (we) get some answers on how to do this the right way pretty quick!
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I know! I have a truck show coming up march 15-17th. Need it ASAP!


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Degreaser, pressure washer, zip-ties - or better yet, wire cutters





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Man that looks great ^^^^.
On another note my f250 engine compartment is very clean so I have never needed to clean it totally just keep it wiped down. However I used to have a show jeep that I would put a bag over the carb, and a couple electic components and spray it down with degreaser then wash it off at the car wash.

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Where should I cover up? This is my first ford. I don't know where anything is located


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Like I said I have not deep cleaned mine but if no one else chimes in I would suggest bagging your airbox, fuse boxes and any wire bundles that are not really that dirty/could be cleaned with regular water pressure. Make sure the engine is cooled off! Spray it down with degreaser alot of degreaser. Let that sit for about 15 minutes. Start spraying it off with low pressure, like not pulling the trigger at the car wash, then when you start pulling the trigger and really blasting start with the nossle a good distance away.

As soon as you are done cleaning, remove the bags and start the truck and run it for a while.

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Where should I cover up? This is my first ford. I don't know where anything is located
It's not quite like the old days where you throw a bag over the carb and distributor cap...

I looks like you have an enclosed air filter, so no issue there. The fuse box(es) are located on the driver side, between your intake and firewall. You can safely pressure wash the entire engine, I would just be careful around those.

Also, I have read that our HPOP and lines can be very sensitive to washing HOT lines with COLD water, but again, I haven't had any issues over the years.

Getting your engine clean is a good start to finding leaks, then fixing said leaks, then cleaning your engine more, until your happy. It may not happen in one shot. Good luck.


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Cool, thanks guys! What's the best degreaser that I can find to take this junk off!!


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Engine cleaning

I want my truck looking like yours kep!


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