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    Default C4 Engine Bay Cleaning Tips??

    I have just purchased a '96 LT4 that has had the water pump replaced. The previous owner had said the water pump was leaking so he had it replaced. The dealer work order even stated that they "cleaned the area as well as possible". When I put it up on my lift there was a fair amount of oil/antifreeze built up on the front of the oil pan.

    What is the best/safest way to clean the engine bay on a C4? I have been told not to simply take it to the car wash and wash it down because getting the Opti Spark wet isn't a good idea. There is limited access even from under the car so I am perplexed on the best way to clean things up.
    Bob Montgomery
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    Default High Pressure Washed...

    ...my past LT4's engine/bay twice, no problem's!

    Later . . . . . .
    6 Shooter

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    Apparently no body is listening, I'm just lurking, as I or a previous owner flooded a knock sensor located in the valley of my c5. It was suggested for me to use a 50/50 solution of Simple Green /water, spray on, let sit for about 15 min then with GENTLE water pressure , rinse off. I too watched to mush of Tim Taylor a few years ago and wanted "More Power" . SG smells nice and really does do a good job without chalking up the Al and is not extremely hard on the skin.

    Before Simple Green:




    After:






    I am not a detailer in any sence of the word, but I think it looks better. I was warned about getting water where the Knock sensors are. Most people here when giving advice have been there, done that, and are drawing from past mistakes.

    There are some good links out cyberspace.

    Good Luck and cograts,

    Andy

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    Form the Care & Detailing Section:

    How I detailed my engine bay

    B17Crew

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    Default There's a section on this forum about detailing!

    How I detailed my engine bay

    Under this guys hood is cleaner than my house!


    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by AColbe01 View Post
    How I detailed my engine bay

    Under this guys hood is cleaner than my house!


    Andy
    You should see my interior!

    B17Crew

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    Quote Originally Posted by B17Crew View Post
    You should see my interior!

    B17Crew
    I used to have a touch of CDO, a lot like OCD but alphabetically correct but my kids worked me out of it.

    Do you have children?

    Really, When people see how well you have taken care of her over the years, you'll be the richer for it.
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by AColbe01 View Post
    I used to have a touch of CDO, a lot like OCD but alphabetically correct but my kids worked me out of it.

    Do you have children?

    Really, When people see how well you have taken care of her over the years, you'll be the richer for it.
    Andy
    Yes I have kids, that’s why I have these dark circles under my eyes! I try to hit the engine compartment 15 minutes here, half an hour there. Those quick detailing sessions helps keep things under control.

    Thanks for the compliment, I try to keep my Corvette in top condition on all levels.

    B17Crew

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Some good suggestions! My LT4 looks very clean from the top side, but it needs some help from the bottom side . . . I think it's just going to take a lot of 15 minutes here, 30 minutes there to get it anywhere as clean as what you guys have!
    Bob Montgomery
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    I've been hosing my 95 down for years with no drama. Vented optis are robust!


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    You gotta use water when you want to keep it looking like this. Just don't aim at the opti. But once you get it clean, compressed air and an occasional wipe will increase the time between water washings.



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    elbo grease,and patience

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    I Steam Jenny the P*ss out of them!!!No Kind of Chemicals!!
    Only Killed 1 Opti,and that was with a TREE,not a Pressure Washer!!



















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    Great looking engine photos! I'm still leery about gettting ANY water near my Opti. I usually wipe my engine down with a damp rag and use wooden q-tips to reach the hard places.

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    A little Simple Green and a lotta' shop towels go a long, long way...

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