Tip for degreasing engine

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Tip for degreasing engine

Post by GTI4DR » Sun 15 Nov, 2009 9:20 pm

Any tips for degreasing my w123 engine bay/engine without the water getting into unwanted areas.

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Re: Tip for degreasing engine

Post by Ivanerrol » Sun 15 Nov, 2009 11:48 pm

If you go to Campbellfield, there is a truck wash that steams cleans the engine and underneath for $ 25.00.

The trucks go there before the do Vic Toads inspections.

I put a 380SEL through this. Car was leaking from steering pump and SLS - needed to be done for RWC inspection.
All they require is that the engine be on and warm. The guys there covered up the stickly bits.

They had some high powered cleaning stuff + CT 18 and 20.

I drove the car up into the ramp and off again - no hassles. You wouldn't believe how clean the underside and engine bay was.

If you are squeamish about this. Remember all Grey import cars are subjected to this treatment.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Re: Tip for degreasing engine

Post by big420 » Tue 21 Aug, 2012 11:13 pm

Ivanerrol wrote:If you go to Campbellfield, there is a truck wash that steams cleans the engine and underneath for $ 25.00.

The trucks go there before the do Vic Toads inspections.

I put a 380SEL through this. Car was leaking from steering pump and SLS - needed to be done for RWC inspection.
All they require is that the engine be on and warm. The guys there covered up the stickly bits.

They had some high powered cleaning stuff + CT 18 and 20.

I drove the car up into the ramp and off again - no hassles. You wouldn't believe how clean the underside and engine bay was.

If you are squeamish about this. Remember all Grey import cars are subjected to this treatment.

where in cambellfield is this? let me know the address email me at grant.alsop@aussiefarmers.com.au

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Re: Tip for degreasing engine

Post by oliveoyl » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 10:22 am

GTI4DR wrote:Any tips for degreasing my w123 engine bay/engine without the water getting into unwanted areas.
Bunnings bbq cleaner
Leave on thick for as long as possible, at least 15-20minutes.
Hit it with dishwashing scrubbings brushes.
Guerney it off, get the Guerney close as you can to the surface.
Will be brand new.

Wear protective gear, it is highly caustic.
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Re: Tip for degreasing engine

Post by Hendrik » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 10:52 am

Really depends on the condition of your car, if everything is as it should be then you should not have issues with moisture seeping into unwanted areas, however it is a good idea to put a plastic bag over the alternator. If there is dust in there and you get that wet it can turn into mud and cause issues.
You don't want to get a high pressure sprayer too close as the pressure can cause physical damage to old components.

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Re: Tip for degreasing engine

Post by AMG » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 11:03 am

GTI4DR wrote:Any tips for degreasing my w123 engine bay/engine without the water getting into unwanted areas.
There is no way to guarantee water will not ingress. use plastic bags & electrical tape over the dizzy cap, coil etc and that is all you can do.

mix some CT-18 in a 50/50 solution with water, spray on, agitate the really grubby areas with a brush. use a hot water high pressure cleaner to remove. rinse thoroughly. use compressed air to blow water out afterwards.
start engine and let warm up.

Of course, you could always use an oily cleaner, such as kerosine & transmission fluid, and then pressure wash that off, but it is not something you can or should do in your driveway - best to use a grease trap equipped wash bay.

The hot water is the most important bit. Without it, you are fighting an uphill battle.
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Re: Tip for degreasing engine

Post by Ivanerrol » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 4:05 pm

big420 wrote:
Ivanerrol wrote:If you go to Campbellfield, there is a truck wash that steams cleans the engine and underneath for $ 25.00.

where in Cambellfield is this? let me know the address email me at grant.alsop@aussiefarmers.com.au
It was off the old Hume highway opposite Northgate Drive - at the Truck Stop

However the above might no longer be there because the advice I gave was back in 2009 :think:
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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