Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-14-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
Registered User
texomawaves's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tx
Posts: 257
What is the best/safest way to clean an engine?

Mine has the original dirt, but I'd like to clean it up. I wasn't sure if I could safely pressure wash it at the local car wash and not get the ignition wet or crack a hot metal surface, etc, etc. Cheers! Chris

Chris Dennis, Plano, Texas

'07 Boxster, arctic silver, Tiptronic, 106k miles, no mods
13 Boxster S, black on black, PDK, 27k miles, garage queen
66 Mooney M20E, hangar queen
texomawaves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2014, 10:48 AM   #2
Davev's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NV
Posts: 249
I would do it at home on a cool engine and not use tons of water.
Davev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2014, 11:43 PM   #3
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Bastrop, Tx
Posts: 2,531
I spray simple green on mine, let it soak and then just spray off with a hose. Just don't spray SG on the alternator and be careful where you spray the hose up top. Underneath you can get vicious with both. I'll even use a power sprayer underneath.
itsnotanova is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2014, 04:16 AM   #4
Jamesp's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,659
Unless you are fixing a problem, such as a major oil leak, I'd skip washing the engine. Too many electrical connectors, components, and wire harnesses, and if the engine is at running temperature there is thermal stress and the resulting steam to consider. Particularly with a high pressure sprayer. A little dirt on the outside of the engine won't hurt it, but getting water in the wrong place could.
2003 S manual
Jamesp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2014, 04:58 AM   #5
trimer's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 759
Doesn't keeping the engine and parts clean help keep the motor cooler and better running? I always heard that. I use a bucket of hot water, an old rag and some elbow grease to just wipe it down. First time with all that shmootz is a pain with emptying the bucket a few times, but after that, about every 2 months I give it a fresh wipe down while washing the car. Have never used anything to spray it...just time, effort and energy wiping it.

When the buyer of my first one came over to look...he asked to see it and was floored at how clean it was. I was a proud papa at tht moment. Even though you don't see it doesn't mean it shouldn't be clean!
2003 996 Twin Turbo X50, PCCB, polar silver / 2004 996 Carerra Cabriolet, midnight blue, cinnamon leather, IMS Pro / 2003 Artic Silver Boxster - Short Throw Shift, IMS Upgrade, Carerra Light Wheels, De-Snorked with Evoms Cold Air Intake, GHL Exhaust (Sold) / 2002 Seal Grey Boxster - Fabspeed Exhaust, Black powder coated wheels, Porsche stripes (Sold) / 2 -1957 356 A Speedsters (signal red and seal grey) (Sold) / 1989 944 Turbo (m030 S options)
trimer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2014, 07:37 AM   #6
Registered User
golonaus's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: chi-town
Posts: 328
I would say off the car

99' with 3.4l engine. ROW tune. SAI delete
golonaus is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:21 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page