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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:51 AM
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washing bmw engine with 12 degrees cold water

Can any damage be caused to BMW 118i engine due to washing warm engine with cold water of water temperature of 12 degrees celsius in Winter evening? Thanks
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:33 AM
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re: washing

I'm a big believer in washing the engine bay regularly. I've done it on all my vehicles, cars and motorcycles. Brake dust from the front wheels can be very corrosive. I would avoid using a pressure washer, you don't want water getting into places it's not meant to be. If your just worried about temperature, hot engine/cold water, just take it slowly so as not to cold shock the really hot components such as exhaust manifold, cylinder head. That's my two cents worth.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:59 AM
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Thanks for your reply, much appreciated. Makes sense.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:03 AM
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And you best bet is simply wait till the engine is cooled. Why take any chance of temperature shock. Cover the electrical bits with foil...or plastic shopping bag. Lightly spray the water, apply your cleaner, let it sit for a minute or so. Then lightly brush all bits as you can; wear cotten gloves allows you to work your hands into the narrow spaces, underneath piping etc...then dibble, or lightly rinse. You probably do not need high pressures once the grime is broken loose. Then dry it quickly, and start motor to help dry things out more. Soak up the standing water wherever found...like in oil entrance cap area, wherever you see it. Your done unless you apply a topical to keep it shined a bit, but avoid the Armor-all type products as they just attract more dust that turns to grime. Good luck with it...I do mind once a month--stays clean that way.

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