Don't spray your engine with water!!

Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by drokmofo, May 18, 2019.

  1. stamp11127

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    No I haven't cleaned a 3 valve but have cleaned diesels with high voltage injectors. Same technique as gas engines with same results.
     
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    *engine bay filled with computers, electronic modules, spaces where water can seep into*

    Me: “I’m going to wash my engine bay today and not cover anything up.”

    Also me: “why the **** do I have water damage causing misfires?”

    Duh. Hand clean with degreaser and call it a day next time after you did this issue with water getting into your plugs
     
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    What's so tough about grabbing a bunch of small plastic bags, like the ones you wrap produce in, wrap them around the 8 coils, another larger small trash bag around alternator, use large rubber bands or plastic zip ties, and go at it. Granted it takes another 15 minutes or so, but think of the headaches you avoid.

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    OK.. 62 years old … never cleaned an engine.
    Never found a reason to. Not sure why you would.
    I guess maybe I never had a oil leaker?
     
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    For me it’s just not liking dirty things, can’t function with dirty truck. After I destroyed a coil I just wipe down the “5.4L 3V Triton” engine beauty cover and the air cleaner housing etc.
     
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    I spent $60k + on a vehicle. My engine bay gets cleaned once a month, all purpose cleaner, then properly dressed. You clean the outside? Why not take an extra hour and clean the engine? I dont leak oil or other fluids, I just keep it clean. When it goes to the dealership, I have service techs come out and apologize for getting their fingerprints on anything in the engine compartment. It’s cleaner than anything anywhere on a lot at dealership and it stays that way. I guess when ur 62 and don’t care about our investments it’s easy to shrug it off
     
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    I appreciate the love and care you have for your Expy. Kudo's

    No way. I clean my 2014EL all the time. Give it a thorough detail after every trip! I use a rag and wipe down anything up top in the engine bay I can access. I thoroughly wipe down all around every door and hood area, etc. I was talking about the engine itself. Seems like you can cause more damage than you can do good by running water in there, but its a FREE country if you wanna do that I'm cool with it.

    Now that I took a close look at the engine "spark plug area" … I can see lots of grit & sand even a small rock or two. Must fly up from the road? I do some backcountry stuff gravel & dirt roads at times. Now I have to at least get in there with my shop vac and get that crud out.

    I hose out my rocker panels every spring and oil them up really well (inside).
    Then I put custom plugs I made in those holes to keep the salt brine where it belongs.
    Now that will pay off in spades over time in WNY.
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    I take the spare out and clean that up, lay underneath with the hose and spray clean everything I can get to. I have it Krown treated and then come back at it later with Fluid Film (and grease in spots) to supersaturate certain areas. I'm a lean mean rust fighting machine. Obstruction of corrosion!!!
     
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    Answer – car shows.

    I washed my ’66 T-Bird’s engine with a degreaser and a kick-butt power washer. Covered up the carb and suspect electrical components with plastic bags and big rubber bands to hold the bags in place. When the engine compartment was dry, I painted the engine block the correct “Ford Corporate Blue” color and viola, ‘showtime’! All the covered-up stuff worked as advertised, including the Autolite 4V carb (thank Christ!).
    Granted, our Expys won’t be entering the car show circuit anytime soon, but some folks like a clean engine compartment – maybe yourself included, based on your posted photos.
    A clean Expedition is a happy Expedition! So is a clean ’66 T-Bird! Photos attached of the latter’s engine bay, ‘before’ and ‘after’.

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    I just use the air compressor and blow the engine area of dirt and debris and then do a good wipe down everywhere I can reach. Both the 17 expy and 15 explorer engine areas still look new
     
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    I suspect a little more than some soapy water in that transformation.
     
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