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simple green and the pressure washer does the trick

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I rinse with a garden hose and regular spray nozzle, spray simple green at full strength, rub most everything down with an old wash glove, and rise. After the engine dries I use Sonus Trim & Motor Kote, acrylic protectant, black plastic protectant, engine dressing. This stuff is super easy to apply, looks great, and makes future cleaning much easier.

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I use degreaser all over the motor add a light mist tanke a brush to break up the heavy dirt and wash away always works well for me
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brake cleaner, spitfire, silicone spray seems to work for me..

I use old motor oil on the hoses and some plastics too... or new motor oil when I miss the valve cover. lol

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brake cleaner, spitfire, silicone spray seems to work for me..

I use old motor oil on the hoses and some plastics too... or new motor oil when I miss the valve cover. lol
That's a neat trick I haven't heard in a while.
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That's a neat trick I haven't heard in a while.
Silicone spray is a great cleaner. This thread is pretty old but I believe Adam's polishes has a engine degreaser, and tend to use most of their products.

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I clean/degrease with Chemical Guy's Grime Reaper & follow up with Sonus Motor Kote after hosing off & drying.

Stays on much longer than silicone sprays & does rustproofing duties in the far north as well.

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The more you drive your car, the more dirt and grime will accumulate in the engine bay of your vehicle.

Engines can start looking dirty very quickly, especially if it is leaking fluid or has recently had repair done, and not cleaned down properly.

If you plan on selling your vehicle, or just want to take pride in all aspects of your car, cleaning the engine bay is a simple and easy job that you can perform yourself in as little as half an hour.
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Question What' the best way to clean the outside of a CTD?

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I'm adding to this post. On my '04 I am trying to sell, I have 14-years of diesel build-up on the cables and connectors, into and out of the ECM, just below the HP fuel injection system. I have been searching for the best way to clean the outside of a CTD. Any of you Ram knowledgeable persons know the best way to clean these cables and the outside of the ECM so I can pull the connectors to troubleshoot, clean the contacts, and possibly to remove and send the ECM off for repair? I am trying to trace and reset a P2146 code. I have read many posts that say to use simple green, while others say do not use simple green but to use Dawn. And, I saw a post that said to first spray water, then spray the Dawn so the dawn does not get pulled into the connectors. I need to clean it; but, as you can imagine, I don't need water getting into where is should not be. I also assume I should disconnect both negative battery terminals.

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I've never had to use anything but the spray wand at the car wash. Never had any problems with it. I finish it up with a light misting of some Stoner's Trim Shine and give it a little rub down with a microfiber cloth. When I sold my '06 this year the engine compartment was a big selling point. I've had more than one person tell me it looked brand new. Trim Shine is pretty good stuff, especially for older plastics. 303 Protectant is also great stuff and has UV inhibitors.

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After reading about all the electronic gremlins on these trucks, I'm a little more conservative now with my engine bay cleaning. I use a tank style garden sprayer now. Give the engine a quick rinse with the garden sprayer filled with water. Avoid sensitive electronics. Spray with a strong mix of Simple Green. Scrub grimy areas with a medium soft brush (wheel or detailing brush) and some shop rags. Rinse with the garden sprayer. Dry with compressed air or a leaf blower. Wipe up any residual water with a towel. Spray with 303 Aerospace Protectant or Griot's Garage Engine Bay Dressing. The whole process takes 1-2 gallons of low pressure water and the stream is easy to control.

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'll spray EVERYTHING down (minus air filter, alternator, etc or course), drink a beer, then lightly spray everything off with water. You could use a towel to dry it once its clean, but I never do.
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