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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:04 PM
brianrparker brianrparker is offline
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Cleaning z3 engine compartment 1.9L

Ok so i just got my new(New to me :P 97) bmw and im wanting to clean inside the engine compartment. Im not really sure if i should just spray de greaser and hose it down. Of course cover some important parts or if there is another route i should take. any information is appreciated thanks
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:22 PM
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A word of caution, if it has a wire going to it don't spray anything on it.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:58 AM
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I wash my engine compartment at the local carwash regularly.
They have an "engine wash" setting on the selector.
Low Pressure degreaser of some sort.
I close the hood after spraying it, then wash the rest of the car and finish off by rinsing the engine compartment with rinse setting.
Haven't had a problem yet.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by comsult View Post
I wash my engine compartment at the local carwash regularly.
They have an "engine wash" setting on the selector.
Low Pressure degreaser of some sort.
I close the hood after spraying it, then wash the rest of the car and finish off by rinsing the engine compartment with rinse setting.
Haven't had a problem yet.
Yeah i figured but better safe then sorry. Some people at work told me leave the car running. should i? or just turn it off?
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:15 AM
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I turn mine off.
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