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Old 03-23-2014, 09:18 AM
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I'm going to try for sure, but my wife is on nights, so it will be a last minute thing for me.
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And just why do you have to cover everything,or why not wash a hot engine.
You don't cover anything when you drive in a rainstorm do you,do you stop to let the engine cool off before you drive in the rain.
I wash mine everytime at the carwash with the pressure washer,been doing it for 40 years now,and never had any problems.
Don't hit the exhaust manifolds right away,wash the body first with the hood up to let the heat out,then wash the engine bay.
You can eat off my engines,and that's not me talking,that's other guys opinions.
Personally i think you're going overboard on worrying about covering things,the trucks are designed to be run in the rain/snow.
I've never covered anything,and i spare the crap out of everything under the hood.
When done washing i spray everything under the hood down with a mix of Armour-All/Mothers Back to Black/Mothers Protectant.
I mix equal parts of all 3 together in a gallon jug,and then cut it by half with water,otherwise i'd go broke as i use a pile of it on everything from tires to engine
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And just why do you have to cover everything,or why not wash a hot engine.
You don't cover anything when you drive in a rainstorm do you,do you stop to let the engine cool off before you drive in the rain.
I wash mine everytime at the carwash with the pressure washer,been doing it for 40 years now,and never had any problems.
Don't hit the exhaust manifolds right away,wash the body first with the hood up to let the heat out,then wash the engine bay.
You can eat off my engines,and that's not me talking,that's other guys opinions.
Personally i think you're going overboard on worrying about covering things,the trucks are designed to be run in the rain/snow.
I've never covered anything,and i spare the crap out of everything under the hood.
When done washing i spray everything under the hood down with a mix of Armour-All/Mothers Back to Black/Mothers Protectant.
I mix equal parts of all 3 together in a gallon jug,and then cut it by half with water,otherwise i'd go broke as i use a pile of it on everything from tires to engine
i dont recommend spraying the engine while its hot for a number of reasons, for one, i wouldn't want to crack a head or something. with all the different metal under the hood that all have different heating and expansion rates, the last thing id do is spray it down with water and cool them all at the same time. just like you said, you don't hit the manifolds with water right away, you wash the truck first....and i cover up the stuff i mentioned to be safe.

there is no need to follow my steps, and I'm glad you found a way that works for you.
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Been around engines all my life,can't say as i've ever heard or seen a head or block crack from washing it after driving it to a carwash.
No differant then driving in a rainstorm,do you expect to crack a head there.
You gotta remember rain through the rad sucked in by the fan,is hitting everything under the hood.
Found someway,hell i created the way,lol
Ran a showcar 68 Z way back in the 70's when i was a kid.
I started armour-all'ing it under the hood back then,and you worry too much about covering things,if they're covered,you're not getting them clean.
Shit my old man used to make me polish and Armour-All his farm tractors/grain trucks in the mid 70's
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Very good write up! I just may do this this weekend since I MAY be nice out in Southern ontario.
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This is great.. thank you!
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i think the "don't wet a hot motor" is an old wives tale. sorry. i've heard that since i was 14 racing mx. well i would reply i race in mud and rain...... same with cars and trucks we drive in the rain. i hose off my lawn tractor after cutting grass and never had any problems with a briggs cracking. while i don't detail my engine bay i clean it from time to time and have never had any issues.
also, thanks for the heads up on the products and other info.
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