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Considering an engine bay steam clean however concerned with water getting into the electrics, woundering has any one had this done and experienced any problems?
 

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Yes Defintely stay away - steam is moisture which will kill all the electrical components in your engine bay. Alot of computer electrical components in modern cars now not like they used to be 10-20 years ago.
 

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I would never steam clean, i always jet the areas around the outside but nothing better than an old shammy and a toothbrush my friend
 

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Gunk!! Around the sides toothbrush, cloth and a garden spray with a sponge to collect the water/dirt works a treat and doesnt' take long!
 

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PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I brought my GTA from a dealer, it had been steam cleaned. I got about halfway home and I had the engine light come on. Water had go into the coils and the bill for just diagnosing, cleaning out etc was £180.00

I was really really peeved and I only got half that back from the dealer
 

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PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I brought my GTA from a dealer, it had been steam cleaned. I got about halfway home and I had the engine light come on. Water had go into the coils and the bill for just diagnosing, cleaning out etc was £180.00

I was really really peeved and I only got half that back from the dealer
Ouch ...

So the motto of that story is ...
 

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the worst thing is I had saved for months, travelled hundreds of miles and I ended up with a car which spent its first week of ownership at the dealer:(

All sorted though as bar the diff (which seeing as it is so common doesn't bother me) it hasn't really put a foot wrong. Eats up the miles and I was doing serious mileage last year.
 

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shouldnt the dealer had advised againast steam cleaning ?? you would think they would know better. Although the bottom line is that they win financially in both situations, doing the steam clean and the repair for the damage it did.
 

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bugger bugger bugger, wish i'd read this 12 hours ago...

car waiting to be picked up by the aa...

trying to avoid swearing...
 
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bugger bugger bugger, wish i'd read this 12 hours ago...

car waiting to be picked up by the aa...

trying to avoid swearing...
No way! That's very unfortunate, hope the repair is easy and cheap:thumbs:
 

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Best way to make a really proper job of it is to get items powdercoated i.e plenum chamber and front coil cover.

In the long run anyway. My car is still all original though. I just get a bit of soapy water and a stiff brush to sort it out - still looks pretty good :cool:
 

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I had this job done on my Fiat, but the engine bay was relatively sparse and electronics in comparison basic.

I'd never do it on anything with complex electronics.

Best of luck sorting it Ronan.
 

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Like I said guys, Gunk, a garden spray bottle, toothbrush and sponge/cloths works a treat. I have done my GT and GTA and it works fine, if you're sensible and looks like new

Romano.
 

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I use AG's engine and machine cleaner on a slightly warm engine. Leave it soak in, agitate with a brush if needed, rinse with a fine hose spray, coat with AG's rubber and vinyl care and close the bonnet. Comes up gleaming and never had any problems!
 
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