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Spring Cleaning A 6.0 Engine

I want to get my engine like new... Its not to dirty but I would like to take care of it... Nothing like a truck that looks like you bought it today... Is there any tricks that work well to clean the engine.. I have seen many products for this but dont know what one works the best. Let me know what you use and any tips to get my truck like new thanks

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steam cleaner works well, also Purple power.

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The best thing I have seen is Zeps concrete and driveway cleaner. Home Depot has it. Spray it on full strength and hose it off. It will be clean as new. I have used this on my 7.3 and wife's 6.0 my 7.3 has 373,000 miles. It and the engine bay looks like new.
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Nice I will have to look at the Zeps.... Thats alot of miles are you trying to get in the millon mile club with ford....lol

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Grease Lightning...let it soak 5 mins then rinse. Repeat if necessary. Get some Stoner Trim shine at Oreilly's and spray all the black pieces. It will look amazing!

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I used to use a rag with WD-40 on my Lightning engine when I was prepping it for a show. It gets rid of the crud and leaves a nice shine. You do get to know every piece of your engine that way, but it takes time to do it all by hand.

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I have the ultimate process, as some guys can testify too, and I have one of the cleanest engine bays on the Org.

1) Let engine cool below 130 ECT.
2) Spray the engine lightly with water.
3) SOAK it down with Purple Power (not Simple Green).
4) Let sit for a few minutes, and scrub everywhere you can with a soapy rag.
5) Soak again, let sit for a minute.
6) Rinse off with water thoroughly.
7) SOAK it with Meguiar's Tire FOAM (not Shine).
8) Let sit for a couple of hours.
9) Wipe the excess.

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purple power is AWESOME! I have some deep dish wheels on my mustang, I CONSTANTLY had to clean them. Real pita scrubbing them, etc. I just spray purple power on, wait 30 seconds, and spray it off with a garden hose. Great stuff.


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[QUOTE=SickStroke6.0;2544792]I have the ultimate process, as some guys can testify too, and I have one of the cleanest engine bays on the Org.

1) Let engine cool below 130 ECT.
2) Spray the engine lightly with water.
3) SOAK it down with Purple Power (not Simple Green).
4) Let sit for a few minutes, and scrub everywhere you can with a soapy rag.
5) Soak again, let sit for a minute.
6) Rinse off with water thoroughly.
7) SOAK it with Meguiar's Tire FOAM (not Shine).
8) Let sit for a couple of hours.
9) Wipe the excess.

Why Purple Power and not Simple Green? I used to race motocross and found that Simple Green works way better as a degreaser versus Purple Power

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I think the Zeps mentioned above works better than purple power and about the same as greased lighting. Has any body else tried the Zeps. And yes I am shooting for the 1,000,000 miles. The way I look at it, my truck is a third way there and it still looks and drives almost like new. Sure there are items that will wear out and some have. When something brakes, it gets fixed, when something gets damaged, it gets fixed. Sure I like the new trucks, but mine is paid for, it has never left me stranded, and yes it truly looks new. If it can go 375,000 with the minor normal wear an tear items, why can't it can another 375,000?

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