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I just started detailing my car. I've bought a few products and have some doubts about how to wash the engine. I've searched on the forum and just found this: http://www.slkworld.com/caring-your-slk/35116-had-go-cleaning-engine.html

I know I have to cover some parts with plastic, but my engine is different than the one on the post (200K) so I have no idea of what parts I have to cover.

If any of you have the same engine and have washed it, I would appreciate any help.

I've read in the manual that I have to lubricate the "acceleration linkage" after washing it. What is that and how am I supposed to lubricate it?​
 

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thank you for the video, but, where are exactly the electrical things I have to cover in my car? I guess it's the battery, but there might be other electrical pieces I don't even know.
the engine also have a belt on the front that I don't know if it's good to get it wet or not, maybe it's lubricated or something.
anyone have washed the same engine (200k)?
 

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I have the same engine, 200k, I don't wash the engine. I only use the detailing products out there and wipe it down, there's a product out there that's called waterless detailing maybe you have a similar product like that in your country... I already had a bad experience with engine wash. That's why in this car, I stay away from engine washing.
 

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ok. I'll try first in another car xD what happened to your car, Jayzen?
One thing that pissed me off when I did the engine wash was that the stickers in the engine came off. Lol (it was a Japanese car and had Japanese writing stickers on it) , and then the car had problem starting. I only did the engine wash because I was already selling my evo and wanted it to look presentable. I wanted an easy cleaning job, but it cost me. I sold the car but it was at a lower price because the buyer saw the problem and wanted a huge discount for the repairs he's going to do.
 

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If you don't know what parts to avoid washing then my suggestion is to only wipe it down with a mild cleaner and a rag by spraying your rag first then wiping the tops of plastic covers, to be safe.

If you know your engine very well, like where all the possible water intrusion points may be, and take the proper precautions, then it should be okay.

My experience was pretty horrific but now that I understand what happened, it really was just dumb on my part.

I basically took a cover off, then sprayed a degreaser onto a part that looked really dirty, but it was supposed to be greased up for a reason. I ended up washing away the grease that was supposed to be there which lubricates the supercharger bearing, which was covered up by a cover to prevent water intrusion, which I removed.

If you insist on doing so, try using just water first and wiping dry afterwards. The problem spots are always electrical areas such as your battery and alternator.

That video shows you basically how to do it, but notice they are using it on a brand new car which they know very well is water tight.

Some squeaking of the belt may happen after you wash, which I think is pretty normal as when belts get wet they tend to make noise.
 

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Thank you very much DaytonaJae, I'll try to wipe it down with a rag and the product I bought (Meguiar's engine cleaner and engine dressing).

I also would like to know my engine just to know where everything is.
I've read a website (http://www.slkworld.com/r170/home.htm)
but it doesn't actually say where everything is on the engine, just some specifications, and dissasembly guides.
anyone know any guide about my engine? 200k
 
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