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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.


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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.