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Need to clean engine, need advice..

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I've got some oil leaks and such and it's built up into grit and grime and I've never had a chance to tear things apart and fix them until now. I have an entire week that I have nothing to do and won't be needing my truck. So I was wondering what the best thing is that will melt all the greasy residue off of everything. Let me know what other tips you have for making it spotless are.

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The quickest for melting that off is over cleaner but remember it will darken bare aluminum and strip old loose paint off a engine quick so don't leave it on for long. There is another product sold only at Costco which is a degreaser to (forgot the name) but it will also do a good job but a bit slow or poor and the thick stuff Most people swaer by simple green...

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I have gallons of simple green but oven cleaner sounds better. Wonder if it will eat my valve cover gaskets :confused2:

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Nope... It won't... I done this to Taz's truck when I did a tappet cover on the driver sive I hosed it down in 2 can of oven clean with a warm engine and let is sit for about 10minutes and rinse with water. To this day it's spotless... Well other than the new leaks he is creating now...:shocked2:

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At least he can fix his leaks easily. I got a leak around the last 2 valve covers that are shoved into the dash. I'd like to just pull the engine so I could get to everything but not sure I want to tackle that kind of task yet. Not sure the cherry picker will even pick it up, much less the front end loader on our small tractor :lol3:

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The hell with it. Engines coming out! Went and looked and I think it will be easier than taking out my 7.3, which took less time to do than it did to set my valves last weekend :lmao:

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The hell with it. Engines coming out! Went and looked and I think it will be easier than taking out my 7.3, which took less time to do than it did to set my valves last weekend :lmao:

My 24-valve still has the factory lift plate on it. It almost like they intended you to pluck it out at some time or other.

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I'm sure I could do what needs done without taking it out, but I'm just dieing to see it in all it's entity. Plus I can clean the chassis and motor mounts much easier.

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IIRC, our engines weigh about 1100-1200lbs. You'd better use something that can handle a fair bit more than that!!!:smart:

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I think if I retract all the legs and the arm on the cherry picker it will be fine. I got the jack on it on the farthest out hole so it should be perfect. If not, I just remembered we used the front end loader on the tractor to pick the 6v53 detroit out of my truck bed (which is a supposed 1400lbs). One way or another it's happening. I am going to take a million pics for you all. I don't know about anyone else but even on the huge forums, I seldom see much deeper than whats under the valve covers, so I am going to attack it with cam in hand and take a million pics since it's hard to get a good shot of things when it's still under the hood. If you guys got anything in particular you want a good shot of let me know. :thumbsup:

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What i have use and it work very well just watch out for the plastic stuff, if it set too long it will dull it, The Dregreaser is bought at "Smart & Final" retail stores (Store Brand). I mix it 50/50 w/ hot water in a 16 oz spray bottle. Spray on painted surfaces and other things needing to be clean and then use a cone tip on a water hose. You can reduce water pressure with a valve if needed. I usually spray thing down lightly every month or so, clean engines compartment makes it easier to see problems. I like to let thing dry for a few hours before running vehicle too. We use at work where we clean our pest control truck out at the end of each month on makes thing clean fast.

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