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Old 04-08-2011, 04:21 PM
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Clean my 6.0

Hey yall! My 06 is a beautiful truck. She is dirty where it counts though. HOT stuff right?

So I need to wash my engine bay. I have oil on the turbo boots, and dust everywhere (could be worse, could be white rez! lol). So Any sugestions on how to clean it?
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:32 PM
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im probably going to do the same tomrrow so i can see where the damn oil leak is coming from. Im going to use purple power in a bug sprayer, let it sit a couple minutes, and pressure wash.
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:43 PM
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i take mine to the car wash, leave the engine running and soak it with degreaser, let it sit for a few minutes and wash it off, i keep the wand moving, i dont hold it in one spot very long.
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:57 PM
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So no spots to avoid or anything???
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Do not leave the engine running. Anybody knows not to spray water on a hot engine. Here is the best way to do it, and the results prove themselves:

1) Let engine cool to below 130 ECT.
2) Lightly spray engine off with water.
3) SOAK it with Purple Power (not Simple Green) and scrub everything down.
4) Soak again with Purple Power
5) Let sit for a few minutes and then rinse off.
6) Dry off engine with a towel.
7) SOAK it with Meguiar's Tire Foam (not Shine).
8) Let soak for a few minutes, then wipe off excess.

Results:

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Old 04-08-2011, 05:27 PM
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Thats usually what I do to above. Works great... just keep the purple power off your paint cause i can stain it.
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I like it!

I will have to do that next time im in there.
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Remember, once it its clean its real easy to keep it that way. Not so easy to clean up again after its been neglected. Keeping the engine and under carriage clean is just as (if not more) important than keeping the body and interior sparkling. Also, its never a good idea to get too carried away with high pressure water and ANY ELECTRICAL COMPONENT!
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:55 PM
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Check your Diesel Supplement to the Owners Manual. Here is what is posted for 2004:

Engines are more efficient when they are clean because grease and dirt
Buildup keeps the engine warmer than normal.
When washing:
Take care when using a power washer to clean the engine - 1000 psi maximum! The high-pressure fluid could penetrate the sealed parts and cause damage.
Never apply anything to any exposed belts in the engine compartment, including the belt dressing.
Do not spray a hot engine with cold water to avoid cracking the engine block or other engine components.
Spray Motorcraft Engine Shampoo and Degreaser (ZC-20) on all parts that require cleaning and pressure rinse clean.
Never wash or rinse the engine while it is running; water in the running engine may cause internal damage.
Cover the highlighted areas to prevent water damage when cleaning the engine.
Cover the batteries, air filter assembly and fusebox, according to the pictures.


You really want to protect your PCM (to the right of your drivers side battery - it should already have a plastic cover protecting it, but I would cover it up some more w/ plastic). Also, cover both batteries, the Fuel Injection Control Module "FICM" (silver box at the back of the engine under the degas bottle), the glow plug control module "GPCM" (under alternator), and the relay box (drivers side - back corner of engine area). I also cover my alternator as good as possible and also the starter.

SickStroke6.0 - Great post BTW

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:21 PM
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SickStroke6.0 - That looks great! I'm just curious about how often you clean it like that, and do you cover any/all of the items bismic pointed out? They are all things I would have probably thought of covering except maybe the batteries and starter.

I have been thinking this week that I need to clean under my hood. Now I don't have to ask this same question. Thanks guys!
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