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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Nick090884, Apr 17, 2012.

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    [Apr 17, 2012]
    Hi ya Peep's yet another question !!

    Do any of you guys clean your engine mine is pretty clean apart from some oil build up around the dipstick area, the guy who had the car before me had it changed and i think (and hope) it due to that. i wanted to clean this all off to determine if there's any leaks. It does'nt leak on the ground where im parked but on a little inspection today i found a drip hanging from the sump close to the sump plug.

    Cheers Peep's
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    Get some auto glym or similar engine degreaser and spray it very generously around all your bits and jet wash it down. Be careful not to soak your air filter or spend too much time around the electrics and remember... ALWAYS LEAVE YOUR ENGINE RUNNING! Otherwise you'll never start it afterwards lol
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    I use this:
    Meguiars Super Degreser - Clean Your Car

    And then pressure was the engine bay making sure I cling film up any plugs, done a few cars now and never had any issues with starting etc.

    I then finish with this:
    303 Aerospace Protectant - Clean Your Car
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    well i would not bother just incase!
    i once had a 16v astra GTE and it killed it!
    i dont mind the dirt now lol!
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    Hi there Benjiman46 and S3 Sly cool thanks for your advise. i only really use auto glym products so that will be the one for me ! cool i was worried about the electric's. i was about 11 and cleaned my mum's 205GTI and really knackered it ! lol

    Still feel nervous :puke2:
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    [Apr 17, 2012]
    Hi ya like i said in the first post, ive lots of grime and oil at the bottom front end and need to find out if ive a oil leak :crying:
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    [Apr 18, 2012]
    Hi ya just a quick one before i start should i cover my coil packs and should i cover the alternator . with engine on or off

    Cheers matey
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    hmm tricky with the engine on which is recommended however i would cover ABS sensors unit those are f'ing expensive, alternator and coil packs for sure just dont let water hit them or the drive belt.. that's what ive been told
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    I'd do it very quietly, so no one realises that you're using a jetwash during a hosepipe ban! Unless you've got it fed from a waterbutt, which I'm sure you have. I wouldn't worry about covering the alternator, just don't spray directly at any of your electrics if you can help it.
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    I used washing up liquid and water, with a tooth brush to get into the tight spots. Degreased with autoglym tar remover. Then dressed it with Autoglym rubber and vinyl. The instant tyre dressing can be used to maintain the inner engine bay paintwork. Got some pretty good results.

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    [Apr 18, 2012]
    Nice one guys ! i was gunna cover as many sensors and coil packs as poss and wd-40 the connections . degrease it all and give it a scrubb with a soft brush and hose of. the main area i want to clean is near the oil filiter and dip stick its really bad the bloke who serviced it made a lot of mess. if i do it with engine running does the above ive wrote sound good to go .

    Cheers
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    DAMN ! Dan thats pretty clean PMSL! did ya hose it of or pressure wash it ? did ya do it running the engine ? and did ya cover anything up ?

    Cheers Dude
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    In my opinion, not that I know much about cars, I wouldnt recommend putting a hose pipe under the engine. Most of the seals on the electronics etc on these old Audis are perished anyway and I think its just asking for trouble.

    Just get in there with some fairy washing up liquid in a bowl with an old tooth brush and get in all the nooks and crannies. Then i used an old rag with some autoglym tar remover to get some of the more stuck on ****. Its all about elbow grease. Dressed it with Autoglym rubber and vinyl.

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    Sweet Nice one Dan and all u other guy's Im SOOooooo glad i joined ASN Good sound advise and help, followed by wicked posts on evrything i'll ever need to know. Ive saved ££££££ thank's to <tuffty/> :icon_thumright:
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    Hi ya peep's , Had ago at cleaning my engine today without a hose. just used a 50/50 of water and washing liquid thought id post a few pics.
    Didnt take any before and feel gutted now cos it was really bad proberly never cleaned in its 12 years ! Nice one to Danman1 for the advice. the connection were'nt that good so really glad i didn't hose or pressure wash :)

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    http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hpho...8294373583_702878582_9583572_1477953955_n.jpg

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    Looking good. Usual wipe down every week with your wash and it'll stay clean. Autoglym rubber and vinyl brings the hoses back to black a right treat!
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    No where near your beauti ! but done my best ! like i said it was proper dirty and had proberly never been cleaned ever. my door seal's are as mint as yours tho. :icon_thumright:
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    How much can you clean a car before it becomes an obsession? My neighbors think im mental. I love it when my 10 year old car looks cleaner than 60/61 plate cars on the road

    A clean car is a happy car.
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    Mine neighbours alway comment funny thing is im am actually mad haha. i clean it in side and out ever sunday So feed up with missed a spot or the old you can clean mine next. :blackrs4:
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    Yep, or how about "you'll rub the paint off that soon". I get that one all the time.
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    It makes me lose it sometime ! i started cleaning just one little bit of my neighbours clean and just leave it to dry ! then they go to do there's :undwech:
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    that one annoys me.
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    A clean car is a happy car.
    I get usually get "I have another car to do when you're finished" from my neighbours.
    End of the day you are looking after your pride and joy, and no one likes a filthy car.
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    so true , i get that " your obsessed with your car it will break one day" pisses me off really :sorry:
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    Lol at the neighbours comments, so so true. ...its also nice when they comment on what a good job you've done.

    I particularly enjoy the admiring glances from passers by and girls checking themselves out in the reflections.

    Beware of evil envious onlookers though, some people don't like the fact you take pride in taking care of your car.
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    My kinda thread :)

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    Nice. Nothing better then a clean bay.

    Dan
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    Damn ! tuffty and dan that put's us all to shame haha. can i get them covers for my a3 or is that just a S3 thing? i would like the covers that go over the battery and the cover that goes over the coolant and screenwash. would like to keep it look OEM and as i mod to be a bit of a sleeper if you know what i mean.
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    awesome bay tempting me to do it though i dont want to get anything wrong electronic wise...
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    I took Dan's advice and didnt hose at all just allsort's of brushes and pad's and a bloody large roll of white tissue . you can get most of that at a cleaner trade shop.
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    Finally got round to using 303 Aerospace which done a great job with just a few squirts.

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