Engine cleaning steam or?

engines

#1

I just spent a week in the desert at Burning Man, through lots of wind storms, and my engine is covered with a layer of desert dust, with a high alkali content.

Do I just leave it? or clean it? If I clean it, what’s the best way?


#2

Cover electrical components and steam clean it.


#3

Depending on the year, make, model of your vehicle, you can expect the same results you would get if you high-pressured or steam cleaned the inside of your television set…Computer controlled engines and ignitions don’t tolerate aggressive cleaning very well…


#4

I would cover the electrical components and clean it with cold water from a garden hose. No high pressure cleaning. High pressure can drive the grit into places it shouldn’t go. Just wash it off.


#5

There’s a chance that water (a component of steam) will still get into electrical connectors and components.
What’s wrong with a blow off and a wipe down? The term “flood cars” comes to mind. OH! What the heck! We can take chances, can’t we? A sparkling clean engine is worth a lot, isn’t it?


#6

Just desert dust? Alkali content? A garden hose will take care of it. Cover the battery.

No need to get fancy here.


#7

Cover the electrical components and use one of the new foam sprays (low pressure) from a can (works like oven cleaner). Let stand for a while and then just hose off with a garden hose. I would not steam clean a modern car with expensive computers and other electronic gear!