Cleaning my engine - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
Thread Tools Search this Thread
(Post Link) post #1 of 4 Old 30-03-08 Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
Clan998's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chatham, Kent
Posts: 36
Images: 15
Cleaning my engine


Wondered what everyone uses to get the engine looking good. Ive the spark plug cover plate off at moment and am trying to clean it up with not much luck
There just seems to be so much ingrained grime on it !

Ive had the rocker cover off my Imp polioshed to a mirror finish with autosol and thats ally but cant seem to cut through the grime with this one.

Also my engine could do with a good clean generally what do people recormend ..steam cleaning ??? Im not too keen on jet washers etc with the close proximaty of the electrics etc .

All advise welcome

Clan998 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Status: Alfa infected
AO Gold Member
purple145's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Midlands
Posts: 7,026
Re: Cleaning my engine

Gunk and a wire brush, and the visible bits you want to look good have been done with a wire drill brush. Hard to keep looking good these alloy engines, begining to think people must lacquer them or paint them to stay looking good.

Last edited by purple145; 30-03-08 at 17:36. Reason: spelling
purple145 is offline  
Status: Tentatively treading
AO Platinum Member
Hamster's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Gloucestershire
Posts: 15,686
Images: 34
Re: Cleaning my engine

I just use warm soapy water, a used kitchen dish brush, a toothbrush (Hard/soft), and a damp cloth to rinse. Avoid the electrics like the plague!
Hamster is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
frozennorth's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 18
Chilling Re: Cleaning my engine

The cheap way....... with the engine COLD, use an old paint brush and some white spirit to work into the ingrained grime. Don't stint the white spirit, you want it to soak into the gunge that's ingrained in the unpolished alloy.
Let it sit for a while, to get it well soaked into the gunge - 20 - 30 minutes or so - but don't let it dry out.
Using some neat washing - up liquid and that old paint brush again, work it in to get all the dirt mobile and dripping off. Once you're happy, wash it off with some water, make sure you get rid of all the white spirit and detergent - but don't hose it, electrics don't like it! (and it's a good idea to mop up any excess with some kitchen towel or similar).
Start er' up with the bonnet open, and let it warm up till there's no water left sitting about. (it'll probably steam a bit)
If you want to polish the alloy up, little brass or stainless steel wire brushes are good on the as - cast stuff, Solvol Autosol for the polished bits.

Bad things to do:

1. Wash it off with a high pressure hose - you'll get water into lots of electrical bits.
2. Wash it off with a pressure washer - you'll get more water into lots of electrical bits, and into mechanical bits too, in behind oil seals etc.
3. Use a steam cleaner - as above, and you could cook some plastics and electrics as well!

And if you're worried about the flammability of white spirit, check how easy it is to set fire to Gunk - it's just another flammable solvent! (you can't buy a gallon of Gunk for a fiver though!)
frozennorth is offline  

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Supported Alfa Romeo Models > Technical & Vehicle Assistance > Alfa 75, RZ, SZ

cleaning , engine

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome