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post #1 of 13 Old 01-09-2014, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Washing Top of Engine Off

I need to clean my 7.3 Power stroke engine off. I will use awesome first to clean it, then rinse it off at the car wash. Will it hurt any sensors? Thank you for any assistance. Robert Todd
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I usually mist the engine bay then spray simple green cleaner and let it sit and degrease then lightly mist it off. When dry I use tire foam on all the plastic/rubber to make it purdy. I have not used the 'Awesome' cleaner you mentioned. But I have not had any sensor issues with my method.
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Hopefully you're putting the cleaner on at the car wash and not driving there with it on your engine.

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spray simple green on heavy let sit for 5 minutes or so then power was off with wide fan spray. repeat untill all clean
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I've used gunk engine degreaser and a pressure washer miltiple times on mine. I take the air filter out, stuff a rag in the intake tube and douche generously. I don't think any of the sensors or wiring are affected by water.

Then I take it for a long drive so it dries up quick.
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I wouldn't wash a hot engine but that's your risk.



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I've put the power washer in the engine bay a few times. Down in the cracks and crevices. Truck wasn't hot. Used a backpack blower to blow any excess water off when I was done. Started it up right and let it get hot to burn the rest off.

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Depends on what you feel comfortable doing. I won't lie, every vehicle I've owned, I've washed the engine at the car wash with the engine running, and standing on the front bumper blasting it with high pressure. I've had a lot of people tell me I've been lucky to never crack a block or damage anything. Keep in mind this is on relatively leak free engines and oem air intakes, no exposed air filters.

Now my 7.3, I have attempted to clean the engine a few times but the oil/gunk is caked on heavily. I'll probably end up spending a day taking stuff off and cleaning everything with scrub brushes and degreaser. (OReilly's Foamy Engine Degreaser is awesome for this kind of work).

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