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Old 05-27-2009, 02:12 AM   #16
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yes, i too remove the engine + radio tray and then use a hose to spray down my car. I then blow all the water off with an air compressor. I then spray all the metal and rotating parts with WD40 and let it sit for a minute and then blow that off with air.

I have not had any rust issues.
Understand- doesn't answer my concerns though.

If you put water on the car... and then you blow on it, I would think you will blow it INSIDE the car... inside the transmission cases... inside the UJ's... inside the shock boots... inside the bearings... and so on....

Or am I completely off-base?

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Here's how I clean mine - so far, no issues.

First, take out engine - plug lines using a single 3mm plug.
Take out electronics

Put car in empty sink, spray with O'Donnell pink spray. Cover till wet.

Soak for about 5 mins.

Rinse off with the sprayer on the kitchen sink - nozzle works well too, using warm water.

Be sure to hit the hexes under the car as well. Spray it down good.

Then I lean the car in front of a fan for about an hour. This gives me time to clean the heavy dirt off the engine and electronics. Also gives me time to spray and clean the body, tires and wing. (Also using O'Donnell spray and warm water.)

Finally, once the car is dry, I spray nearly all of it (minus the center diff) with Orange Pledge. Top and bottom. Put car on stand.

If it dries real quick, I hit it again with Pledge. Then I start brushing it into all the little areas with a 1 inch brush, that I cut at an angle.

Check all moving parts. Spin the hubs... check everything out.

Using the Pledge on the brush, I hit the electronics. Shines em right up!

All this while, the tires are on the back of the table drying.

This leaves me with a car that looks like I just built the kit.

Sidenotes; You can use Simple Green or Castrol Superclean in place of O'Donnell spray, it just doesn't smell as nice. One could also use Lemon Pledge or "Behold" as well. I'm noticed it takes LESS Pledge than it does "Behold".

I don't use steel screws, so rust isn't an issue. You may wish to WD40 the car soon after hitting it with water or...

Use an air-compressor to dry the car right after washing.

I live in an apartment, so I have to use the fan method.

Lastly, if you happen to get Pledge or WD40 on the brakes, use a shop rag and "Quick Dry" electronics cleaner to strip the wax/oils.
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Understand- doesn't answer my concerns though.

If you put water on the car... and then you blow on it, I would think you will blow it INSIDE the car... inside the transmission cases... inside the UJ's... inside the shock boots... inside the bearings... and so on....

Or am I completely off-base?

Paul
Yes, I've wrecked hub bearings getting too aggressive with water.

I follow up a simple green scrub with denatured alcohol to displace any water.
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Understand- doesn't answer my concerns though.

If you put water on the car... and then you blow on it, I would think you will blow it INSIDE the car... inside the transmission cases... inside the UJ's... inside the shock boots... inside the bearings... and so on....

Or am I completely off-base?

Paul
If your getting water in sealed parts (aka diff cases) then its time to replace them or tigten some screws! If water can get in, so can dirt.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:08 AM   #20
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1. blow off loose dirt with air
2. spray down with WD40
3. use paint brush to clean entire car
4. spray some more WD40
5. blow with air compessor till dry
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