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post #1 of 19 Old 09-11-2006, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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washing the engine good or bad?

ive been cleaning the motor on my 7.3 liter for 5 years now with no prob. but im not sure if its a good idea to clean the 6.0 liter .being that is so high tech and probobly has a million sensors . anybody out there have any idea if its ok or not? being that i landscape the engine gets real dirty fast. thanks

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I do alot of farming and am in the dirt,dust,mud. i have been cleaning it once a week. never had a problem. as long as you keep it running while your washing it..

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ive sprayed it down with degresser and then rinsed it and then started the truck .is it better to do all of this while its running?

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No need to leave it running while you wash it. All that does is sprays water everywhere while your washing it. I wash every 7.3 and 6.0 I work on after i'm done.
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No need to leave it running while you wash it. All that does is sprays water everywhere while your washing it. I wash every 7.3 and 6.0 I work on after i'm done.
I feel that it needs to be running, my reason for doing this,, is that i had a car that i just got dont washing the motor. After i was done i tryed to start it, but no luck.. so i just leave them running that way theres no worrie about it not starting, Oh and i pressure wash every time i do it.

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thanks guys for the input!

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Never hurts to wash an engine,in your owners guide will show you what to cover up on page 244 and page 25 in the powerstroke owner's guide. Stop your engine. Older gas engines with points sometimes would get water in the distributors and prevent them from starting. You'd have to take the distributor cap off and dry it out. In the mid '70s manufacturers started using electronic distributors. This did away with points and that problem. The new engines are all electronic. The highlighted areas that you need to cover are service points that high pressure water can get into. Running your engine can draw water into the air filter clogging it and letting water into the fuel system and injectors. Also it has a higher chance of getting into the crank case via seals and bearings. Your engine is sealed for the most part. "A dirty engine is a neglected engine!"
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I feel that it needs to be running, my reason for doing this,, is that i had a car that i just got dont washing the motor. After i was done i tryed to start it, but no luck.. so i just leave them running that way theres no worrie about it not starting, Oh and i pressure wash every time i do it.
There is a short or exposed connection, when it gets wet it shorts out your system. Find the point of entry and you can fix the problem. Save the life of your motor shut it off when you wash it.
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There is a short or exposed connection, when it gets wet it shorts out your system. Find the point of entry and you can fix the problem. Save the life of your motor shut it off when you wash it.
Na it was a after marked MSD setup, the coil was exposed and thats what mad it not start

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If you follow your owner's guide and you can't start your engine after washing it,there is an exposed area that will leave you stranded if you get into very wet conditions. Better to know it before hand and be able to fix it, than to have water spray up on your engine when your driving and having it stall.
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