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Washing a truck engine at the car wash? #14147531 10/01/21 05:35 PM
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I’ve done it on and off for years with various cars and trucks and had no problems.
But i just googled about it and they talk about protecting all electrical components, sensors, distributor, etc.
Is that all required now days? Sure be a pita but i don’t want to mess anything up on my 2012 F150 5.0
Mine is dusty as hell and now has some neutralized battery acid crud from when i cleaned my terribly corroded battery connectuons.

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I use a pressure washer on engine my wifes Mustang GT a couple of times a year due to the amount of dust out here in west texas. Hasn't hurt it yet.

Re: Washing a truck engine at the car wash? [Re: Jon] #14147539 10/01/21 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Jon
I’ve done it on and off for years with various cars and trucks and had no problems.
But i just googled about it and they talk about protecting all electrical components, sensors, distributor, etc.
Is that all required now days? Sure be a pita but i don’t want to mess anything up on my 2012 F150 5.0
Mine is dusty as hell and now has some neutralized battery acid crud from when i cleaned my terribly corroded battery connectuons.

When vehicles had distributors you had to protect them if you wanted to drive out of the car wash. I have not used the car wash for quite a while to clean the engine bay. Too much risk in my mind. If I feel the need to do it it use a damp rag or get out my steam cleaner.


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Re: Washing a truck engine at the car wash? [Re: Jon] #14147579 10/01/21 06:27 PM
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Thanks guys.
Stump jumper, I just realized a brain fart when I mentioned distributor but that's what the googler said.
I can't even remember the last vehicle I had that did have a distributor or even anything that looked like one but it was lots of years ago.
I don't have a steam cleaner and a damp rag isn't going to cut it on what needs to be hosed off of this one.

I guess I will just be real careful and work on that battery / baking soda mess and probably wait till I get back from my trip I'm leaving on to Shawnee OK this evening for the rest of the cleaning. I need to not be stuck somewhere with electrical problems.
I may just hand wipe that battery mess for now and not take any chances till i get back.

I'm going to get a new battery now and maybe wipe on that area some while the old one is out of the way.

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Pressure washer and/or carwarsh here as well. I just don't hold the wand stationary at electrical stuff otherwise No problems.

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Re: Washing a truck engine at the car wash? [Re: UGLYSHCTICK] #14147802 10/01/21 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by UGLYSHCTICK
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thats a great hint
my 2013 F-150
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Re: Washing a truck engine at the car wash? [Re: Jon] #14147891 10/02/21 12:57 AM
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Re: Washing a truck engine at the car wash? [Re: Jon] #14147916 10/02/21 01:13 AM
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We do it all the time at the car lot before we send units to auction and never had issues.

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I do it to all my company trucks at least once a month as well as my Gator because of the crud we have to drive thru in our plants . What I do it use my pressure washer ay home . Then I use my compressure and blow off all the electric conetions real good . Then I spray them with just a little coat of WD 40 and use the compressor to blow them off again . Never had a problem . I do cover the fuse box on my Gator 1st with a baggie .


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Watch your aim, only blast non-electrical places except the battery gets cleaned well. I live on a dirt road so it is necessary once in a while.


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Re: Washing a truck engine at the car wash? [Re: Jon] #14148165 10/02/21 02:14 PM
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If you were closer, I'd dry-ice blast it for you. It would look brand new.

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Originally Posted by Moto-Moto
If you were closer, I'd dry-ice blast it for you. It would look brand new.

Nice offer Moto, i do wish I was closer! That would have got the crud off.

I went ahead and did a light job at the car wash on the stand-by pressure that comes on first after you pay but before you pull the trigger. Im guessing at this place that it was around 500 psi and i was backed off a decent distance. It did a fair job of cleaning and i got a little more aggressive and closer on that battery grunge.

But still didn’ pull the trigger. I didn't want that [censored] blasting back in my face or clothes even though i had safety glasses on. I left the truck running the whole time. It had about a whole box of baking soda slurry on the old battery before the wash. Now it has a brand new battery and cleaned up terminals. And i had zero trouble going to Shawnee and back.

I finally remembered doing that that wash the engine thing to an 87 ford escort that i had to leave running if i planned on driving it out of that wash bay instead of pushing it out. Only took twice for that to etch in to my remember. Back in those days i pulled all kind of screw ups and learning the hard way but there was usually a fair amount of beer and and weed in me which i think contributed just a little bit to things going south. I’ve just forgot a lot since then
Thanks y’all for the replies!!

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I have washed all my vehicles engines at the car wash bay. Use the degreaser and then use the water to clean it off.

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