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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-14-2016, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Engine valley cleaning

So i have an oil leak that has been going on for a WHILE...still gotta figure out where it is, presumably the HPOP lines or the pedestal. Anyways, i now have a metric crap ton of oil in the valley. The shop wants to do 3 separate steam cleans at $78 a pop, once to break it up, drive, clean again, drive, and clean a third time to find the leak. They'd have to keep my truck for a while and its my DD. So, with a new HPOP and lines coming in, i'll take a look at the pedestal and fix it all up.

The question is, with that much oil caked up in the valley, what is the proper/safe way to get that thing looking like new metal. Ive seen people with emasculate engines and theyve mentioned degreasing and blasting. Is there any compromise of getting media in any orifices? Any places i should seal off to keep from degreaser getting in places it shouldnt? If someone could walk me through the process, it'd be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Engine valley cleaning

castrol super clean and a pressure washer, rinse repeat.
you are going to have to remove a bunch of stuff to get it spotless.
fuel bowl, turbo etc.
there are a lot of orings that can leak up top, they are cheap to buy so if you are going to do it just do them all in viton while you are there. no point doing it twice

paying someone to do that will be $$ as its a PITA to clean years of neglect

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Re: Engine valley cleaning

For the bulk of it, I've used oil dry and shop rags.
Screw driver or scraper to knock the buildup loose.

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paying someone to do that will be $$ as its a PITA to clean years of neglect
ya, the wonders of buying used vehicles. $78 isnt really that bad for the cleaning, just doing 3 times though...

i appreciate the advice. i gotta put a RR and fuel system on the truck, so i'll buy some viton rings and get to it i guess, maybe i can get the 3 cleanings down to 1 or somethin.

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WalMart sells cans of super tech engine degreaser for like 2 bucks a can. I've used it to degrease tractor parts in prep for painting. It's not great stuff but its pretty darn good and its so cheap you could spray it on and spray it off and do it a few times until you get most of it off. Especially getting under the truck and spraying the engine. I'd recommend purple power but that stuff is so corrosive I just can't.
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Its IMMACULATE (squeaky clean, untouched by hands) not EMASCULATE (cut his balls off). BIG difference.
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I've never had a problem using purple power.
You could also get a hold of the army's favorite cleaner, simple green. Lol

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I vote superclean, been using it for years! It works so well on many many things and its bio degradable, smells better then simple green IMO

I would water it down a bit for cleaning the engine bay but that's just me
Heck its still 10 degrees here we wont be doing any cleaning of anything yet.....

my engines valley is clean just from friggin chasing leaks and wiping it down. I finally got the rest of the gunk when I removed the fuel bowl, I just used screwdriver and rags

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I've never had a problem using purple power.
You could also get a hold of the army's favorite cleaner, simple green. Lol

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And a guy I used to work for wrecked a Merlin on landing from the owner of the plane using Purple Power the clean the airplane. It accumulated in the landing gear bay area and corroded the wires to the steering. Upon touchdown the wires shorted, the plane turned hard left and hit landing lights on BOTH sides of the runway after he lost control. Knarled both propellers.

I'll never touch the stuff.
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That's just poor maintenance and ignorance to inspect.
I don't fill a tank with it and let my truck soak.

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