Engine Cleaning

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  1. Leo 5.0

    Leo 5.0 Active Member

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    Not sure if this is entirely the right place to ask, but here goes....

    When my hand heals up, I plan to attempt to clean what I can of my engine.

    My question is, is this situation normal?

    It doesn't leak anything...I can attest to this, I've sat underneath and had a neighbor rev the heck out of it...nothing.
    I drive it around and always check just to make sure, always dry as a whistle.

    But it looks like it does, plenty of sludge(dried) but still very mucky around the timing cover and the crank, and oil pan areas.

    Now is this just a normal thing, or an idiot who couldn't put fluids in right?

    Again it doesn't leak, but it sure looks like it either may have or is just mucky.

    Mainly wondering if this is rather common, or if perhaps there is something going on that doesn't tend to appear within 10 minutes of shutdown. It's always dry the next day as well.

    I am just curious as my 4.0 is about the same, and it doesn't leak either, but it's getting rather grimy in the same areas.
     
  2. Ferocious

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    Clean the grimy areas and see if the 'mucky stuff' reappears after driving it a few times. If so, you most likely have a leak.
    Just because you don't see fluid on the ground doesn't mean the car is leaking.

    My old intake manifold was cracked and leaking coolant very very slowly. It would never make it to the ground but I could spot it in and around the crossover.
     
  3. Leo 5.0

    Leo 5.0 Active Member

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    Thanks, I do have a good hand, I'll wipe down a spot or two and report back!

    But if not then it's just build up? Is that even something that happens?
    Mainly worried if cleaning the actual block area is a waste of time.

    I try to keep the upper area clean, just did my maf and IAC and Throttle body a few days ago when I was cleaning the top.
     
  4. 99GreenStang

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    In my experience with Cars if you see the build up ( muck) and it's not leaking , then the minute you clean the grime or muck away it will start leaking cause usually that's the only thing sealing it is the muck LOL . I'm sure some others can attest to this as well .

    Cleaning anything is never a waste of time at worst case scenario at least you could say it's clean at the end of the day my friend.

    Good Luck and God Bless you


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  5. Sinned83

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    Let it warm up for a couple minutes hit it with a degreaser agitate the heavily soiled areas. Rinse the muck and grime away after a few. Use a sprayable dressing
     
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    A pressure washer helps.
     
  7. Handz

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    I have a few videos on YouTube on how to do this properly.
     
  8. Leo 5.0

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    What is the title or your youtube account?
    I always worry about spraying my motor what with all that wiring everywhere.
    But I don't like that my exterior is immaculate, my interior is clean, even the trunk is clean, then I pop the hood and dust city...
     
  9. Sinned83

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    He works for ChemicalGuys probably their handle