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Old 03-05-2006, 02:43 PM   #1
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Cleaning engine compartment

Cracked open my engine compartment today and found it to be extremely dusty. Anyone have any advise on cleaning this area? On my former car I used to just hose it off and whalla...clean. I am not too sure I want to do that with the Boxster! I used a rag as best I could but the results were less than optimal. Any tips would be appreciated.

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Old 03-06-2006, 01:16 PM   #4
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This may seem like a stupid question, but why do you want to clean the engine as it can't be seen without 10 minutes worth of work to get to it?
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This may seem like a stupid question, but why do you want to clean the engine as it can't be seen without 10 minutes worth of work to get to it?
Actually a good question! I am trying to keep this car in "as new" condition. Body, paint , and interior are perfect. Finnaly got around to opening the engine compartment andi t was filthy. No oil leaks or such, just real grimy. I guess I'm just real picky about the overall condition of the vehicle. As you can see mines' a '97 like yours. BTW I've learned a ton about this car from your posts...many thanks!
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:10 PM   #6
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I cleaned ours once, but as mentioned no spraying with a hose. I took a bottle of cleaner that's safe for aluminum and plastic and cleaned it off a little at a time. Never again, though, since my wife works at John Deere Landscapes and parks on a gravel parking lot every day (tons of dust ).
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This is from the owners manual:

Cleaning and preserving engine
compartment
The engine compartment and the surface of the
engine are treated with a corrosion-inhibitor at the
factory.
If degreasing solvents are used to clean the engine
compartment or the engine is washed down,
the process almost invariably removes the corrosion-
inhibiting coating. It is then absolutely necessary
to have a durable preservative applied to all
surfaces, body seams, joints and assemblies in
the engine compartment. This also applies when
corrosion-inhibitor parts are replaced.
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First time I opened up my engine compartment it looked much as your did; very dusty but not really grimy, i.e., no oil leaks to coat everything.
I used a shop vac with one of those brush tips plus a small paint brush to dislodge dirt where the vac brush couldn't get to. The crevice tool came in handy, too.
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Old 03-10-2006, 03:24 PM   #9
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You know I had the Shopvac sittin right there and did't even think of it. Good suggestion! I wiped down a significant part of the engine and it looks much better but if the weather improves this weekend I'll attack it with the vac! I was surprised how easy it was to get to the engine compartment...it's just a little cramped. thanks for the reply.

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