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engine cleaning tool help
RDOG Offline
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#1
I want something that I can use to clean oil and dirt off engine heads and blocks. Is a steam tool good for that. I almost bought a high pressure water sprayer, but it doesnt shoot hot water or steam. Looking for something cheap and can remove oil and dirt quickly. I was even wondering if those tile steamers would work.
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turbospoolin23 Offline
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#2
Loose parts? If so, a friend of mine is looking for a free or cheap old dishwasher for the same purpose, i'm not sure how well that would work. Just an idea though.
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86 XR7 5spd Offline
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#3
I bought an old "mobile" dishwasher at a garage sale couple years back ; it is noisy but does a pretty good job on dirty parts, set on "high temp wash" and "potscrubber" with some extra laundry detergent added in there too; it was worth teh 15-20$ I paid for it

it will fit 16" wheels and SOHC heads, and is prolly tall enough for a 4 cyl block, but you would have to make a stronger 'rack' to hold the block above the spray arm / heater

"mobile" means it has wheels and a countertop on top, and sides too, and a garden hose type hook-up; not designed for installation *under* a countertop ; a 'non-mobile' unit would work too but will not be as simple to hook up, nor as quiet, nor will it have a workable countertop
David T
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Pete D Offline
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#4
I would think that a power washer and some OTC engine cleaner would do the trick.
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5.0TurboCoupe1988 Offline
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#5
if you have a power washer, hook the inlet hose up to the fitting on your hot water heater. it's not a steam cleaner, but hot water works a lot better than cold water.....make sure your wife isn't in the shower!
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86 XR7 5spd Offline
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#6
lol i have my (outside the house) garden hose spigot plumbed so I can run cold and/or hot

makes washing the salt slime off the car easier in the spring
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, [email protected] 1/4 (gTech)
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86 XR7 5spd Offline
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#7
PS cheap 'dollar store' oven cleaner works real well for cleaning up grungy blocks & trans cases, etc

get a stiff bristle 'parts cleaning' brush, yur oven cleaner, and a spray bottle with hot water in it... takes some time but you can get the block VERY CLEAN
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, [email protected] 1/4 (gTech)
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Dan S Offline
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#8
Quote:Originally posted by 86 XR7 5spd:
PS cheap 'dollar store' oven cleaner works real well for cleaning up grungy blocks & trans cases, etc

get a stiff bristle 'parts cleaning' brush, yur oven cleaner, and a spray bottle with hot water in it... takes some time but you can get the block VERY CLEAN
If you have a decent paint job on the car, don't use oven cleaner in the engine compartment. But, it's a great idea if the parts are far away from the car!
Dan S
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Ryan H Offline
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#9
I would also avoid getting any oven cleaner on the fender wells / shock towers as eating the paint off of an already rust-prone area is a bad idea.
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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AllAboutCars101 Offline
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#10
ive never scrubbed an engine to get it clean, but to remove some of the greese and dirt that tends to build up, i just use a can of brake cleaner. scrub it with some brake cleaner, then i pressure wash it, then a little more brake cleaner to get off a little more. doesnt get a 'show finish' but it helps.
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