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Old 12-11-2009, 09:39 AM
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Washing engine?

Are there any special concerns with washing the engine in the X3? I ask because my Ford Truck would collect water in the spark plug pockets as a result of cleaning the engine and ultimiately short out the coil packs. Needless to say, the old 5.4L in that truck is pretty dirty now, but hasn't skipped a beat since I last replaced the coil packs.

Any info is appreciated. Thanks, Darren.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:32 AM
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As far as I know, no. I have seen my X3's engine being washed at dealership and they did not take any extra precautions, just soap it up gently with a soft sponge and rinse. However, I would definitely be cautious around electrical equipment if I was doing it myself.
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:47 PM
W2RKJ W2RKJ is offline
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I wash the engines in all of my vehicles every 6 months. Surprisingly I use Spray 409 kitchen cleanser, it is after all a degreaser. Why use the expensive stuff at auto stores when this will do a great job. I warm the engine enough to get it warm NOT HOT. I use a cheap paint brush to get into the tough spots and even the underneath of the hood. I then spray it down carefully with the garden hose (Spray NOT DELUGE) then repeat. I then use my compressor and blow it off and let the sun dry it for a while and its brand new again and smells pretty good too. Amazing.
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:48 PM
W2RKJ W2RKJ is offline
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Concerning my previous post, do excersize caution around the electircal devices. Just try not to get them too wet.
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