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Cleaning oil from the valley

Hey guys! I've got a bunch of oil in the valley. I want to clean it all up and wash the engine down so I can see where my leak is.

What's the best way to clean that valley out? Not quite sure ow to do it besides mopping it up.....



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I like to use Simple Green and then just wash it out with water after letting the Simple Green eat the grime up for a little while. If you have puddles of oil, soak them up with a rag and then do as I stated above. Simple Green is effective, but not string enough to cause damage.

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I used some plastic and rubber safe industrial degreaser( use whatever you can get, simple green, etc).

Spray the valley, let it soak, then garden hose it out. Take care what you spray. A bit of water isn't going to hurt anything but direct pressure sprayed to your alternator or other connections isn't good.

To be safe I use a grocery bag over my alt. whenever cleaning something in the engine bay.
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Ok. I've got engine degreaser from AZ to do underneath but just at a loss as to how to get the valley



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Squirt bottle is what I always use
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Cleaning oil from the valley

Dawn dish soap works well also! Awesome degreaser and it also smells nice


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Ok. I've got engine degreaser from AZ to do underneath but just at a loss as to how to get the valley
You have to get creative. There is an opening between the fuel bowl and turbo that you can get down in. You can also access it from the sides.

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Pretty simple to pull out the spyder and tape up plenums too..

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I use purple power, stronger than simple green, still safe on all the components. I have never had an easy time cleaning the valley and have never had much luck locating my leak, mines fuel though.

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