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Old 03-31-2007, 12:34 AM   #1
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DIY: 10 minute engine bay detail

As requested, here's the 10 minute engine bay detail DIY

What you'll need:

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  • Engine Cleaner (Degreaser) spray pack. Make sure you choose one that's labelled safe for plastics, rubber and paint.
  • 2x clean rags
  • Foaming tire cleaner for a "sheen" look, or a good rubber/plastic conditioner (like the Meguiars NXT pictured) if you want to go for the high gloss look. For this detail I went for the sheen look - the Meguairs NXT pictured was not actually used.

The obligatory before pic:

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Step 1:

Do this on a cool engine - if it's too hot the products applied will dry out too quickly.

If you have an exposed aftermarket air filter you should wrap it in a plastic bag to keep the products used and water from getting into it.

Spray the engine cleaner everywhere in the engine bay. Don't be shy with this stuff, and make sure you get it into all of the nooks and crannies. For a single detail I normally end up using about 250ml (8.5 fl oz) of the stuff.

Step 2:

Leave the engine cleaner to sink in for a couple of minutes, then hose it all off using normal garden hose pressure water. Be thorough. There's really nothing you need to concerned about when wetting in this engine, so long as you're using normal mains water pressure.

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Step 3:

After hosing it down, get your first rag and wipe off any excess water, then apply your tire shine or rubber conditioner. Don't spray this stuff on your belts.

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Step 4:

Let the tire shine / rubber conditioner sink in for a couple of minutes, then wipe the engine bay down using your second rag. Spray a little of your shine product onto the rag to help cover up any spots you might have missed. There's no need to get into every little nook and crannie here - just thin out the bulk of the product so you don't end up with blotches.

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That's it, now sit back for another few minutes as the rest of the shine product dries off. Viola!

Told you guys it was easy

Here's a few after pics:

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Old 03-31-2007, 12:42 AM   #2
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Old 03-31-2007, 12:56 AM   #3
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Ooops! Should be working now.. Thanks
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:00 AM   #4
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DAMN! THOSE ARE NEAT! YOU SHOULD WORK FOR TOYOTA....
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:28 AM   #5
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I'll give this a shot with the Meguiars. I use it on my interior too.
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Old 03-31-2007, 02:37 AM   #6
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Look awesome, but are you sure its ok to hose the whole engine bay with water? what bout the battery, and electrical stuffs?? will they be damaged? how long of a period have you done this on cars? looks really awesome, i would love to try but scare of the electrical parts.
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The stock engine electricals should not be a problem, only think I am worried about is the extra stuff like grounding wires. Although, if they're halfway decent, they should not be prone to rusting...
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You won't have a problem with the electrics in the Yaris, as the only exposed potential your water might get in contact with is 13.8VDC and anything sensitive to water is encased with well implemented Ingress Protection (e.g. coil-over plugs, ECU etc).

Have been doing it this way for 15 years on 11 different vehicles, never a problem.
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Old 03-31-2007, 05:12 AM   #10
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The stock engine electricals should not be a problem, only think I am worried about is the extra stuff like grounding wires. Although, if they're halfway decent, they should not be prone to rusting...
Right after rinsing the engine bay down with water, you should definately use a rag to wipe it all down - if nothing else so that you're not diluting the dressing/protectant applied next. So long as you dry it off there's no chance of anything rusting - fact is that your engine is exposed to water during normal driving, and is designed to cope with it.

As you noted, any decent quality grounding kit will have it's exposed metal surfaces plated in gold or nickel for corrosion resistance. The fumes that come of your battery pose a much higher risk of promoting corrosion than H2O in any case
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Look awesome, but are you sure its ok to hose the whole engine bay with water? what bout the battery, and electrical stuffs?? will they be damaged? how long of a period have you done this on cars? looks really awesome, i would love to try but scare of the electrical parts.
come on Mr WRC racer guy you if anyone should know they answer to that one....
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I'll give this a shot with the Meguiars. I use it on my interior too.

Post some pics for us when you do

If you use the Meguiars Tech Protect it'll come out showcar shiny - that's what I used in the Vios pics that inspired this thread..
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Great Tutorial! Thanks for taking the time!!!
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:24 AM   #14
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come on Mr WRC racer guy you if anyone should know they answer to that one....
STOP BEING A LIL PUNK, if i want to ask questions, i m going to ask. non of ur business
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I've done this on my 2003 Corolla with no engine cover "it has the plug wires open"

and I just bathe it with the engine degreaser I bought for 2 bucks, and rinsed it off with a garden hose, until its clean and I wiped it off with a rag,then I just sprayed the bay with armor all tire-foam, then I drove it off to evaporate and kinda seal the shine also it takes out the excess water with the G's your car creates...
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Yikes.... Regardless of your results, I would NOT follow any of the advice given.

First and fore most, when applying a degreaser your engine should actually be warm to the touch prior to application. Depending on how harsh of a degreaser you use, the time of "soaking" will vary of course before rinsing it clean.

Also the fact that you're misusing in extremely excessive amounts, products that are ment for interiors and tires on your engine is horrible detailing etiquette. Have you ever noticed what occures to your tires with the use of most tire "sheen" products? (there are exceptions of course) Due to the heat, they actually end up turning rubber a nasty brown/yellow colour after time.... would you honestly want that occuring with all the rubber components of your engine, such as mounts, hoses, etc.?

Lastly, once soaking up the majority of water after washing an engine bay, you can actually let the car run for a said amount of time to quicken the drying cycle.
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