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Old 12-10-2017, 01:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an oil leak that I'm going to fix. Wondering if there is a recommended spray that works well to clean the engine, I also need to clean my oil pan. I know people use brake cleaner.
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I used this many years ago, worked great. Just hope they haven't made it too environmentally friendly and not work any more



I used the brush on
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Your choice of spray degreaser and a garden hose with good water pressure, I strongly recommend against the use of a pressure washer.

My choice of degreaser is "purple blaster", and if you go with that, make sure to wear gloves - I find it also does a great job at removing the skin oils.

Brake (or carburetor) cleaner can be used, I find it an expensive approach - but I will use it for areas where I would rather not use water - electrical stuff, engine internals when I'm not tearing the engine down completely - but on the outside of the engine before I open it, no, there are less expensive ways.
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Usually the stuff on the pan is caked on. Scraper works to get rid of thick hard stuff. If you use a spray on you will will have to wipe it down. Like Fordem says, pressure washer is not kind to electrics. Kitchen degreaser and paper towels/shop towels work well on areas that are just dirty. Elbow grease is your friend.
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My favorite for the last 6-8 years is "Oil Eater", I buy it in 5-gallon pails.
A 16 oz spray bottle and you thin it 50/50 with water or hot water.
Spray it on and next day rinse with water, more if needed.
For aluminum blocks, etc. for the burnt on/caked on Easy Off Oven Cleaner.
cover wires, anything not needing to be cleaned, hoses.
Spray two or three heavy coats and in a few hours, or the next day hose it off.
It cannot be too toxic, it's used in ovens.



I've used it for over 20 years without any issues.




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