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Stuff to clean engine of grease etc?

What are some good "SAFE" cleaners degreasers to spray on and wash off 2005 Jeep Rubi Unlimited 6cyl. engine, that will not screw up anything?


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I've used pretty much all the degreasers from the usual auto parts stores without issues over the years. I remove the battery and waterproof off the major electrical areas and intakes first. Then spray on then agitate the degreaser, then hose off well and shop vac on blow. Detail to personal taste. Then I just leave the hood up during the daylight hours for a couple of days before starting/driving the jeep. I know I get plenty of water in the engine bay through the hood louvers when I normally wash the jeep so I know my airing the engine out is probably overkill...I've never had any issues. I do plan ahead knowning I won't use the rig.
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Got a Dollar General near by? Go and buy "LA Awesome" It is hands down the best stuff I have ever seen in my life. Dollar General
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I've used Simple Green in a spray bottle. I'll have to try the LA Awesome.

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I use Simple Green as well or whatever I grab in an auto parts store. I think they are all non-solvent based and safe.
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Simple Green can cause corrosion on aluminum. They do make a version that is not that I believe is actually purple. Read the label to get the correct one if you intend to use it around aluminum.
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I use to use simple green, it was cheap and easy to find. LA Awesome blows it out of the water. Came across in in another forum, I run a mowing business on the side and several of those guys were using it and raved about it. I figured for the price... what the heck. It is all I will buy now.


FWIW, My cousin witnessed this himself and it made a buyer out of him and I wasn't even trying to show it to him..... I had an old tooth brush I used to clean parts, so it was black in color. I tried dawn dish soap first to clean it, and it got some of it out. 2 squirts of LA Awesome and I rubbed it with my thumb and it darn near looked clean enough to use in a meth heads mouth.

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Simple Green can cause corrosion on aluminum. They do make a version that is not that I believe is actually purple. Read the label to get the correct one if you intend to use it around aluminum.
And Simple Green does OK. I haven't been very impressed with its ability to clean up a motor.

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High pressure water will remove engine grease. No need for product with adequate pressure.

I have a 3000 psi pressure washer, so I really don't need degreasers.

A good cleaner? I usually use spray on tire foam. The cheapest available. Like Son of a Gun ... $3 a can.

Step # 1:
Spray tire foam on the ENTIRE engine bay, even the hood pad/insulation & WALK AWAY.
Can sit overnight to soften dried gunk & grime if needed. I've left it on for days... Weeks even. Reapply the next day if you want. And the next..... Engine don't care.

Step # 2:
Hose off the next time you're at a self serve car wash.
Sprays most caked up grime right off with car wash sprayer after it softens up the dirt/grime overnight (or longer). Garden hose can work after a few treatments.

Step # 3:
Drive home. .... a.k.a., drying time.

Step # 4:
Reapply foam & walk away again. Do not spray it off, leaving it on the engine & everything underhood.
Leaves underhood plastic, wire looms & hoses nice and clean & makes the painted, rubber & plastic items shine ... ... ... Instant underhood detail.

Bonus:
Keeps future dirt & grime from setting up allowing a simple spray off with garden hose to stay clean at your leisure.

Tip:
Spray entire engine bay with tire foam BEFORE wheelin'. Keeps dirt/mud from baking on so bad. Makes for a very easy clean up by simply hosing off with a garden hose when you're done wheelin'.

Yep, spray on tire foam.
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