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Old 01-07-2005   #1
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Is it safe...?

To take a power washer to spray the engine compartment?

I was gonna clean it out cos there's quite a build up of some kinda silt, salt/general crap on top of the engine and surrounding areas.

I was gonna take a poly bag and cover up the alternator and battery but anything else I should be aware of, is this a wise thing to do?
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i do it all the time dont cover nothing, i get no problems,
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*Gunk* is great stuff for on engines brings the engine up v.nicely...
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Your Very brave Dave,

I been pondering on this for ages, I can see how its safe, as if water gets int he ECU or spark plugs etc battery?

If I did do it, id cover ECU, Dizzy , Alternator, etc

Anyone got pics of a spray'd engine bay #
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i generally spray from the bootom from the lance but not the top
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if you car wasnt water proof it would conk out every time it rains, or was damp
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isn't the ECU in one of the footwells?

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isn't the ECU in one of the footwells?

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Re: Is it safe...?

shouldn't you steam clean it? Means that your using the bear minimum amount of water and most of it evaporates so water isn't left lying around in the engine bay.
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Yeah but dave there is a difference between rain water from the bottom and sides, compared to a jet washer blasting it
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Yeah but dave there is a difference between rain water from the bottom and sides, compared to a jet washer blasting it
yeah i know rain water goes where it wants, jet wash you can point away from bits you dont want to wet
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I wouldn't risk it. I've hosepiped mine a few times along with halford engine degreaser. I didn't like doing that either.

Watch out for your lights (MK2) mine managed to fill up, fish tank style..
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LMFAO,

Hmm im tempted to do this now mate.

If I was doing round head gasget area etc, should I have concernd about the Alternator ?
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You guys are brave - I wouldn't attempt to pressure wash mine....each to their own, I suppose.
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