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post #1 of 13 Old 01-30-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Engine, steam clean, anyone ever used this?

I have one of these, (McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner) used for housecleaning, it shoots out a pretty good pressure of steam and gets pretty hot. I think it would probably do a pretty good job on the gunk on my engine. Once I get my valve cover gasket replaced . I need to get all of the gunk cleaned off that is covering 60% of the engine block.
Has anyone used one of these or one like it, if so how did it work out?

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post #2 of 13 Old 02-01-2012, 11:41 AM
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Never seen one. What I do is get a can or two of gunk foaming engine cleaner, run the motor and let it get up to temp, spray the cleaner on the engine and let it sit for 10 mins then hit it with a high pressure car wash. Works realy good.
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^x2 The steam cleaner will not get off built up engine crud. We have one and I tried it once. The degreaser works better and easier.
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don't use steam!!!!! the steam will get into all electrical connectors and corrode them. just use gunk and a garden hose.
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I've used Castrol SuperClean before with great results. I made a carb cover from the bottom of a MT Dew bottle. Cut it right at the first change in diameter then drill a hole in the bottom to put the air cleaner stud up through. Put it on and tighten the air cleaner nut. I then spray the engine down with Superclean and let it sit a few. Then spray off. I like using a coin op car wash with the high pressure wand for the first couple of trips. They catch all the run off oil and they have pressure.

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partial steam clean may be ok

I think a combo of everyones meathods would work best, but wouldn't be very cost effective. Steam is ok, but only on parts of the engine away from anything electrical. I have done my fair share of engine cleaning and find that a good degreaser and a quality pressure sprayer do the job quite well no matter how dirty it is. I always leave the engine running before and after the process to burn off excess moisture. (if you leave your car running, be sure to avoid hitting the exhaust manifold etc....)
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I picked this 304 up yesterday for $225 and gave it the Castrol SuperClean treatment. Its very clean now.

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Well, I figured that after I soaked it down with degreaser, the steam would help melt the grease and gunk away Even better.
I also thought with this thing. I would be able to direct steam accurately and not mess up any electrical. Because jeeps seem to be so sensitive!
Most of what I need to clean is around that head and down the sides of the block and down on the bottom of the engine and oil pan ,where the valve cover had been leaking and there's a build up of gunk.
The good thing is I went and picked up a felpro gasket and replaced the old valve cover gasket today, so that should put an end to the leaking.

In the Buick factory whenever we had to clean up an engine for whatever reason we stuck it in a booth and cleaned it with steam.

Oh yeah, I picked up some of this stuff today at advanced auto.
Anybody ever use this. It says it is biodegradable.

Purple Power Industrial Strength Cleaner/Degreaser.
This versatile cleaner and degreaser is effective on a wide variety of surfaces in farm, marine, auto, home and industrial applications. The concentrated formula penetrates grease, oil and dirt on contact. Creates a barrier between the stain and the surface being cleaned.

Product Features:•Industrial strength
•Concentrated formula
•Non-abrasive
•Nonflammable
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Purple power and superclean are the essentially the same thing. My thought is, if it is biodegradable, non toxic, or safe to handle, it doesn't work.

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Well I tried out the Purple power, it doesn't work as good as gunk degreaser, I have used , so I guess Ill try super clean.
Searched on line and found info ,also that Purple power takes a lot longer to work than castrol super clean.
Should have done that first ,but I was at advance auto, the Purple Power was by the counter, and I just grabbed it. Maybe I can clean the toilet with it.

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If you let SuperClean sit for about 10min, the grease will essentially start running off. I have found that on thick stuff, if you can hit it with a putty knife and knock most of it off, it works better.

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I've used Purple Power with good results... you just have to use it straight, and let it sit for a few. Then hit it with high pressure and it does quite a good job...

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I had the local Truck wash to wash the engine bay and under carage. and it was only like $30.
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