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Myles

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Is it safe to spray wash an engine in a class C RV with the engine wash setting at the car wash? The engine has accumlated road residue under the hood. I know there is a setting at the car wash for engine cleaning but don't know if it is safe to use.

 

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Care around electronics is needed as above, I also like to save the washing until the engine is cool enough that the water doesn't crack hot manifolds and such.

 

If it is really nasty a can of spray engine cleaner as a pre-treatment and a short soak can make the job easier and reduce the need to spray at high pressure.

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We drive a 2013 Ram. I asked the dealer/service manager about cleaning the engine. The answer was a big NO. They said they wouldn't even think of it due to all the electronics that are everywhere. No guarantee that everything is sealed.

I like my stuff clean and it annoys the heck out of me every time I lift the hood. But I'm not prepared to take the risk.

 

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This is such a helpful forum. My sincere thanks to all who took the time to reply.

 

After carefully reading through all of the helpful replies, I think I will just learn to live with things as they are B) and simpy wipe around the edges of the engine compartment. Not knowing anything mechanical other than where to check fluids and fill, I'd simply be asking for problems I wouldn't know how to resolve without the services of an auto technician!

 

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No high-pressure wash, your water hose is another matter. IMO it is safe to use, along with one of the available engine spray cleaners, you may keep your engine compartment clean. Wrap the alternator in plastic to keep it dry. Do not spray water directly on any electronic boxes. I always take a short drive afterwards to heat the engine and dry out everything in the compartment.

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I have been using Extreme Simple Green for my motor washing. There was an article about the stuff in Motorhome Magazine a couple of years ago, using it for cleaning radiators in diesel pushers. As it is aluminum friendly, it also used in the aircraft industry. Found it at a Fastenal store across the street from the airbase in Yuma, AZ.

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I keep all of the engines on our cars cleaned and have since the early 70's. Just use a little common sense, low pressure (regular water hose) and stuff a rag into the air intake (don't forget to remove it....).

 

Yes, I know about electronics and cars but my Camry hybrid is also kept clean. Modern engine compartments are designed to get wet....not everybody lives on Arizona.

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I rarely wash any engine. Gently blowing off dust and so on with an air hose works well if you do it regularly.

Too many things to potentially damage just for the sake of looking clean.

If your engine gets very very dirty, you usually have oil leaks, or some other problem that should be corrected.

As always, JMHO.

Cheers,

Bob

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