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3 dos and don'ts for cleaning your engine compartment
The fit and finish of a car's exterior often gets all the attention, and most gearheads will debate polishes and paint protectants for hours on end. If you want to find who is really detail-oriented at a car show, don't look at the hood—look under the hood. A spotless engine bay is tough to achieve and even harder to maintain. It's worth it, though, because a clean engine compartment is not only attractive but also conducive to spotting any leaks or issues when they start, rather than leaving them to be camouflaged by grime.
After having spent the winter excavating my 62 Sunbeam engine bay and underside from layers of grime, I would second what dough says - there's no miracle product or replacement for good ol' elbow grease. I would add a shout out tho to citrus cleaner - Blaster makes a good one. Smells nice, a little less toxic and pretty effective at eating thru grease.