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Engine Bay Cleaning

ScottishA4B9 Feb 21, 2014

  1. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Hi All.

    I cleaned my engine bay today by first spraying it with engine degreaser and then using a hand held steam cleaner. Worked a treat and engine bay is spotless and like new now!

    I bought the steam cleaner in homebargain for £14.99 the other day and it's an awesome bit of kit. Very good on alloys as well.
     
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  2. sabaxter

    sabaxter Active Member

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    Can you post a pucture of the machine and the engine bay. Sounds like a good buy to me.
     
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  3. judge

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    ttp://www.homebargains.co.uk/search.aspx?searchterms=steam+cleaner
     
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  4. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Yes, mate will do tomorrow.
     
  5. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    This is the Steam Cleaner from Home Bargain. Great bit of kit and bargain price. Lots of attachments so great versatility.
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    I sprayed engine bay with de-greaser then waited a few minutes before using the steam cleaner. All grease and dirt marks lifted straight away. Here are the results:
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  6. s3joe

    s3joe Active Member

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    Very nice
     
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  7. sabaxter

    sabaxter Active Member

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    That is awesome hurry up payday
     
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  8. sabaxter

    sabaxter Active Member

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    Got one from home bargains ive one all my door hinges today works really well. Top man for the tip
     
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  9. TonyH38

    TonyH38 Active Member

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    That looks great nice job done there.
     
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  10. imotepify

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    What do you do 2 protect the electrics as we need 2 do this with our motor?
     
  11. sabaxter

    sabaxter Active Member

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    Woth these steamers they have a fine nozzel meaning you keep it away from electrical areas. Its great as you can focus the steamer to where you need it.
     
  12. madmanrsvr

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    which degreaser did you use as gunk leavs a residue, i am ordering that steam cleaner as it has done a mad job on yours and the pics are spot on
     
  13. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Cheers mate. I used Gunk. I had no issue whatsoever. I hear WD40 does as good a job as well.
     
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  14. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Never thought about using it to clean the hard to reach places there! Guess what I'm doing tomorrow?......... ;)
     
  15. tubby_tony

    tubby_tony New Member

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    Well impressed with the finish. Don't suppose you took any images from before you started and how long did it take you to do the engine bay? I just bought a power washer and foam lance but I think I could convince the missus we need a steam cleaner for the bathroom. ;-)
     
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  16. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    I didn't, I'm afraid mate. Put it this way, my missus hadn't cleaned it for the whole 6 months I was away so it was quite dirty from the winter country roads.
     
  17. r15wne

    r15wne Member

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    could eat my dinner of that ...
    nice>>>
     
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  18. madmanrsvr

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    i wish mine would look that good
     
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  19. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Just finished giving my Dad's X1 a quick going over. I only spent 10 minutes on it so I didn't give it my full attention. I sprayed Gunk on the worst effected parts and after waiting a few minutes, I manipulated the worst effected areas with a detailing brush, before attacking them with the steam cleaner.

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    He's now off to get his own one from Home bargain!
     
  20. dentsy

    dentsy Loving my new to me allroad

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    That's a Fab job mate its done on your car !!

    Home bargains 2 mrw it is then :salute:
     
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  21. JG51 AUD

    JG51 AUD Well-Known Member Team Monsoon Gold Supporter Audi A5 Black Edition TDi

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    I've got mine, just need a break in the weather to give it a try. Cheers ScottishS3 for the heads up on this.

    JG
     
  22. madmanrsvr

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    home bargains for me weekend too
     
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  23. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    The steam cleaner works great on door shuts and interiors as well!
     
  24. dentsy

    dentsy Loving my new to me allroad

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    Mine has arrived I ordered it online from them, can't wait to try it out 😃

    What's the best engine degreaser to use that won't make my engine bay all messed up as gunk leaves a residue,

    Fairy liquid should do it I think lol
     
  25. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    I degreased mine with R222 Total Auto Wash then rinsed it and sprayed 303 Aerospace Protectant onto it wiping with a micro fibre towel and polished it up,first real clean so never went to town but good results…I think.

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  26. dentsy

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    Looking good mate where did you buy that stuff from
     
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  27. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    Thanks dentsy,I bought the sprays from Car Care Products | Detailing Products | Free UK Delivery you may be able to source from elsewhere cheaper,but I found in a few cases you get it cheaper for a negative reason.
     
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  29. Turbo jay

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    Wow never heard that one before, we at least you don't have to pay for it,
    Might give it a go tomorrow I've got a sack full. :ninja:
     
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  30. A3Kent

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    Just added a link to my post :icon_thumright:
     
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  31. Turbo jay

    Turbo jay Leather repair specialist

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    :icon_thumright: sorry mate couldn't help myself, the child within lol
     
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  32. Flibble

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    Someone steam cleaned the engine bay on my car before I bought it and it killed one of the ignition coils. I'm not a fan.
     
  33. dentsy

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    Had a quick go at mine today fairly pleased with the results for the first clean
     
  34. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Yeah but that would have been with the industrial power wash steam cleaners that valeters use and not from these wee machines on here!
     
  35. ScottishA4B9

    ScottishA4B9 Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A4 S-line owners group TDi saloon

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    Looks mint mate! Good job! 😎
     
  36. dentsy

    dentsy Loving my new to me allroad

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    Thanks mate 😃
     
  37. Welshquattro

    Welshquattro Active Member Team Mauritius quattro Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Did you steamclean yours to Dentsy?
     
  38. dentsy

    dentsy Loving my new to me allroad

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    Yess mate used engine de greaser then used the nice little steamer from home bargains 😃

    It's not very powerful but if you use de greaser it gets the job done safely!!
     
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  39. Welshquattro

    Welshquattro Active Member Team Mauritius quattro Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Have been thinking of getting one and after see the results on yours I think I'll get one. Thanks mate
     
  40. dentsy

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    If your close to me mate your welcome to come found and use mine
     

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