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Little Storytelling: Rare Chore I Did Today  
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

People,

I had my car oil changed this past weekend. After I left the oil change place, I took a look at my car engine. And it was dusty. I guess they don't have the time to clean all people's car engines!

But, I wondered what folks at oil change place think of my engine's appearance.

So I decided to "polish" my car engine area this evening - just to give an impression on oil change place folks next time I go there. I wish I had taken a picture of my car engine area prior to cleaning it.

Last Saturday, I bought this stuff (and towels for car cleaning) at an Auto Zone store, not far from my home:




2 days later (this evening), I found the time to clean my car engine area. I opened my car hood for the 2nd time this weekend -- I told myself this, "Sure enough my engine looked dirty, better start cleaning now". I used car engine cleaner with towel and proceeded - I basically wiped most parts.

Now my car engine area looks brighter (but I am not done, I will clean again later on this week to make it even look brighter):




Under my car hood was in serious need of dusting so I clean wiped it with car engine cleaner (foam was foamy and easy to spread with towel). You could tell I missed some areas (lol):




Now, my car engine area looks whole lot better. I guess I should keep cleaning it on monthly basis. I think it does help my car engine last longer. Here is one of the towels I used to clean my car engine area (yes, it looks dirty):




Hope you like my little storytelling - and that someone will do what I did today.
Cheers, Kyle


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User currently offlinePencrypted From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

awesome, nothing better than a clean engine bay. Cleaned mine a few days back, but it's a lot smaller than yours, so it probably took a lot less time  laughing 


-Maty
User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1333 times:

I should try that sometime. 20 yrs of engine gunk build-up would probably do the car good if I removed it.


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User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Well nice job Kyle.

Car Car clean car this is just a filler blah blah



Hussel, Hussel, Husel, Grind, Grind, Grind
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Quoting Walter747 (Reply 3):
Car Car clean car this is just a filler blah blah

Not sorry to read what you typed

 Wink

I like the word "gunk", TZ757300

My car battery, tubes, and fluid bottles was gunk (not way too much, though). Now they are not gunk.



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User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1315 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 4):
Not sorry to read what you typed

Hahaha



Hussel, Hussel, Husel, Grind, Grind, Grind
User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1315 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 4):
gunk

Doesn't make sense a car battery can't be another noun than itself. Gunk = oil, ATF, mud, etc build-up crap



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1307 times:

You could be a good teacher... for that matter, no more gunk on my car battery. Gunk was a new word to me today  Smile


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3296 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

Bad move.

That thin layer of sludge actually protects the engine.

Keeps the gaskets and other miscellaneous parts from corroding by preventing exposure to the "outside" elements...



"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

I'm always afraid to clean mine.. I never know if the gunk is keeping a leak clogged.

User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2038 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 4):
Not sorry to read what you typed

That makes one of us.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12217 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1133 times:
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Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 9):
I'm always afraid to clean mine.. I never know if the gunk is keeping a leak clogged.

Nobody looks under there anyways  Silly



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User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 8):
Bad move.

That thin layer of sludge actually protects the engine.

I agree...engines are supposed to be dirty. Cleaning it once a month is crazy. A layer of oil can help protect it even by displacing water. Not only that but some areas are supposed to have oil/grease on them. Harsh Cleaners might even damage some plastic/rubber parts, or even the paint/primer.

The exterior body work, you need to wash and clean that at least once a month properly to protect against corrosion. Don't waste your time on the engine though.

Quote:

I think it does help my car engine last longer.

No, it won't, it'll have the opposite effect possibly. The oil keeps the water out (and chemicals)

Good servicing (Changing the oil and anti-freeze regularly) will make it last longer. Also driving carefully.

[Edited 2007-09-05 23:05:16]

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 9):
I'm always afraid to clean mine.. I never know if the gunk is keeping a leak clogged.

You ain't kidding there.....if I'm not either adding oil or smelling gasoline with my Caravan, then I'm needing an a/c recharge. (We won't even talk about the electrical system)

Note to self: "no more Dodge's, no more Dodge's".

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11616 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 9):
I'm always afraid to clean mine.. I never know if the gunk is keeping a leak clogged.

I spent a long time under our car a few days ago scrubbing the drive shafts beautifully clean. There was oil leaking from somewhere, my neighbour thought it might be a seal on the shaft so I cleaned it all down and sure enough, there is oil back there again - leaking out of the seal.

Don't bother with the rest of the engine, as other have said, there is no point when nobody is going to see it and most modern cars have too many plastic components anyway.


Dan Smile



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