Engine bay cleaning R107 (280 SL)

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hi, is there any videos out there showing how to clean the engine bay, but most importantly best product and tools to use please?
 

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hi, is there any videos out there showing how to clean the engine bay, but most importantly best product and tools to use please?
There are hundreds buddy , search YouTube with “engine detailing , cleaning “
 

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Hose with "Shower" attachment. De-greaser, detailing brushes and Aerospace 303 Protectant for after.

Do not Jet wash
 

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Also don't steam clean.

A quick easy degreaser is WD40 - spray liberally, allow to sit for 10-15 minutes then work with a paintbrush to remove stubborn areas adding more WD as needed.
 

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I have used Gunk Ultra Degreaser with good results.
 

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Gunk and a gentle hose afterwards. Always with a warm engine to help it dry.
 

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My engine bay is still covered in a red/brown silt .... I'm guessing the original owner actually fully utilised its off road pack. o_O
What ever it is, it doesn't easily come off ..... but you can't see it unless the bonnet is open! :D:D
 

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Also don't steam clean...........................

Gosh that takes me back, steaming cleaning an engine, when we discovered it wouldn't start afterwards, we then had it running while steaming cleaning, it would eventually stall and again wouldn't start. So brains here got one of the other mechanics to sit in the car with the engine revving its nuts off.......Worked but don't hit the fan with the steam cleaner, not only do you get jet blasted in the eyes, the tip comes off the end of the arm and adds insult to injury..........:oops: :oops:
 

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Also don't steam clean.

A quick easy degreaser is WD40 - spray liberally, allow to sit for 10-15 minutes then work with a paintbrush to remove stubborn areas adding more WD as needed.
Also great for getting rid of excess chain lube on motor bikes.
 
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Thanks for all the help and reply, I know my question was obvious, and there many videos online, but most of the engines cleaned online are modern new cars with proper insulation around electrical components. Mine is 1985 and was not sure what electrical parts I should cover, but most important is the product I should be using. I have oil leaks from the 6 cylinder engine which common I have been told and overtime a lot of oily stubborn gunks have been building. Once cleaned I will be doing some detailing. Thanks
 

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Thanks for all the help and reply, I know my question was obvious, and there many videos online, but most of the engines cleaned online are modern new cars with proper insulation around electrical components. Mine is 1985 and was not sure what electrical parts I should cover, but most important is the product I should be using. I have oil leaks from the 6 cylinder engine which common I have been told and overtime a lot of oily stubborn gunks have been building. Once cleaned I will be doing some detailing. Thanks
Cover the oil filler cap , all exposed electrical connections , top of spark plugs , batteries . A really fine spray should add no more risk than driving in the rain on the motorway
 

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