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    Where to take car to get engine cleaned?

    Hello everybody. I am trying to find some place to make my engine shiny again.

    I guess the method of choice is steam cleaning? I read that pressure washing is a no-no because of seals and such (and I dont own a pressure washer), so I just want to take it somewhere and have them do it.

    The thing is I dont know where to look to find a company that does this! It is not under Steam Cleaning in the phonebook.

    So are there any national chains that do this? Like a Midas, or Jiffy Lube, or something? Would a mechanic or dealership do this?

    My car is shiny but the engine makes me sad. Also about how much you think this would cost me? $20? $50? $100?

    Anything I should watch out for?
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    They (other-side) were talking about this a few weeks ago. Might want to ask them.
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    Tke some quarters to the u-wash-it car wash. Mopst of them have an engine degreaser setting that works pretty well.
    If it's an older engine with years of baked-on crud, a more heavy-duty degreaser such as GUNK.
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    I usually did it at home.
    Go to auto part store and get a can of GUNK engine cleaner.
    Warm up the engine, but not a HOT engine. If the engine is cool (early in the morning), run it for a min or 2. I mean just let it warm to the touch.
    Use a plastic bag or something to cover the alternator.
    Spray the sucker all over then go have a coffee, smoke or whatever for about 10-15 min.
    Rinse it off with a garden hose without the nozzle.
    If the engine has low spot that collect water, use turkey bladder and suck it out or vacuum it out. In my Supra, the engine center alley, I have to use the turkey bladder to suck water out and use a leaf blower to blowout the rest. The sparkplug is basically flooded in that center alley.
    I don't use any engine dresser because basically those are just dust magnet.

    If you prefer to take it outside, most car wash/detailer place usually do engine cleaning as well.
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    can of coke + toothbrush

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    but seriously

    GUNK it like everyone else said, but id' take an air compressor and blow particulates off first.
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    How bout some simple green... I have not tried GUNK but i have been using simple green and it work very well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheekz185 View Post
    How bout some simple green... I have not tried GUNK but i have been using simple green and it work very well!
    simple green is good, i've never tried it on an engine before, don't know how well it would work.

    Really, anything that says it's an engine cleaner will clean your engine i'd ask the kid behind the counter what he would use, and use that, those guys at the parts desk are usually pretty handy with cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheekz185 View Post
    How bout some simple green... I have not tried GUNK but i have been using simple green and it work very well!
    Simple Green is some awesome stuff!
    I never thought about using it for an engine degreaser, but it makes perfect sense...

    It's also 100% biodegradable so you can be at peace with your inner tree-hugging liberal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Simple Green is some awesome stuff!
    I never thought about using it for an engine degreaser, but it makes perfect sense...

    It's also 100% biodegradable so you can be at peace with your inner tree-hugging liberal.
    My inner tree-hugging liberal owes me $5...

    I really should get some and try it out the engine in my camry really could use a good cleaning.
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    I did some search into simple green stuff. Yes it is a good product, BUT it may not be good for your ALUMINUM head engine.
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