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had a fuel leak under the hood so after I fixed it I went to the car wash and sprayed everything down under the hood and now the engine idle goes up and down. Any help on this would be appreciated. Thanks
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had a fuel leak under the hood so after I fixed it I went to the car wash and sprayed everything down under the hood and now the engine idle goes up and down. Any help on this would be appreciated. Thanks
You might want to throw it on a scan tool & see if any codes pop up. It's a good place to start, anyway.

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Its never a good idea to spray the engine down with water. I try to avoid it as much as possible. To many electrical parts in there

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Its never a good idea to spray the engine down with water. I try to avoid it as much as possible. To many electrical parts in there
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Depending on your location(since you didn't put it up), it should dry out and be fine. If not we'll get to that if needed. Pull into the garage and put a hair dryer on high and dry off the engine, connections etc . . . should fix it!

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That is why I never recommend using the high pressure car washes for any modern engine!! You need to let it dry out real good, you can use a hair dryer, several 100 watt light bulbs placed under the hood etc... it's much easier to dry out in August!! If you need is faster, start pulling all the electric connections and apply dielectric grease in the fittings and put them back together, take a air compressor and blow out any water in them first.

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Thanks guys. Im in Southeast Texas and I kept the high psi back away from the engine and just kinda rinsed it with the tire and engine degreaser and it only does it @ idle. I just wanted to get rid of the diesel fuel smell that was comimg through the heater vents. Hopefully it will dry out like yall said.
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