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Old 10-13-2009, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Was changing my oil this past Saturday, and everything went smooth until I made a very noob mistake . I tried to add a bit of oil while the car was running and it shot out everywhere. In my mouth, all over the motor, and even up to the grill/bumper. So whats the best way of cleaning this off the motor? Or should I just let it burn off?

I guess the only positive that came out of it was I got my engine cover shiny (well a little bit of it at least)
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I wouldn't leave it on there because it will smoke for a while, some simple green should clean that up easily.
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I'd dilute the simple green if you were going to try and use it on the paint, or wax the area after as it'll strip any wax currently on it.

I know, it's only the engine bay, but still... :)
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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LOL I just drive it hard and let whatever I couldn't wipe burn off.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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LOL I just drive it hard and let whatever I couldn't wipe burn off.
Yeah thats the approach I've taken thus far
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....if you’re interested in cleaning it up, I would just wipe up what you can with paper towels and then use a good all purpose cleaner that is safe for this sort of thing. Simple Green is "ok" but it does have the potential to accelerate corrosion of bare aluminum parts. If you are going to use it, I would dilute it as recommended and not let it dwell more than a couple of minutes (being careful not to allow the solution to dry up). If you have gentle brushes at your disposal, I would use those to help agitate cleaner on the areas that you can reach. You can then use a slow, steady stream of water to rinse the engine bay thoroughly. Covering potentially sensitive areas is up to you. ….you can use plastic baggies or something similar for this. Personally, I have never had a problem although I am quite careful not to shoot water into areas that may have issues if it found its way in there.

btw, Pro HD and Aircraft Precision Cleaner are two cleaners SG makes that are safe for aluminum. If you were going to use their products for this task, you would be better off choosing one of those if they are available to you.
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Cool, thanks for the advice.
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I wouldn't leave it on there because it will smoke for a while, some simple green should clean that up easily.
I once read that Simple Green and aluminum were not compatible.

I don't want to get into it here , but, a Google search brings up much info on the subject.

I'd use brake cleaner for removing the oil, it will flush it away pronto, and then evaporate almost immediately.
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I once read that Simple Green and aluminum were not compatible.

I don't want to get into it here , but, a Google search brings up much info on the subject.
....there must be an echo in here.
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....there must be an echo in here.
Echo? I don't hear any echo.

Echo? I don't hear any echo.

Echo? I don't hear any echo.

Echo? I don't hear any echo.

Echo? I don't hear any echo.

Echo? I don't hear any echo.


Two people can't say the same thing? One re-inforces the other FYI.
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Two people can't say the same thing? One re-inforces the other FYI.
....Polly want a cracker? ;)

I already mentioned the specific reason why. I was just busting your chops regarding your response.

....I'll repeat it though. SG can accelerate corrosion on bare, unprotected aluminum surfaces. If you do use it, just make sure to dilute and don't let it dwell any longer than a couple of minutes. SG says 10, but IMO it would be better to err on the side of caution. Your best bet is to simply obtain one of their AL friendly formulations instead (I listed two).

The following is from their own FAQ's for reference:
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Aluminum - Is it safe to use Simple Green® on aluminum?
When used with caution and according to the instructions, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner has been safely and successfully used to clean aluminum. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, Crystal Simple Green® Cleaner/Degreaser, Simple Green Pressure Washer Concentrates, and Pro Series™ Simple Green® Automotive Cleaner have been used on aircraft, automotive, industrial and consumer aluminum items for over 20 years. However, caution and common sense must be used: aluminum is a soft metal that easily corrodes with unprotected exposure to water. The aqueous-base and alkalinity of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner can accelerate the corrosion process. Therefore, contact times for unprotected or unpainted aluminum surfaces should be kept as brief as the job will allow - never for more than 10 minutes. Large cleaning jobs should be conducted in smaller-area stages to achieve lower contact time. Rinsing after cleaning should always be extremely thorough - paying special attention to flush out cracks and crevices to remove all Simple Green® product residues. Unfinished, uncoated or unpainted aluminum cleaned with Simple Green products should receive some sort of protectant after cleaning to prevent oxidation.
Simple Green has also developed break-through water based cleaners that are safe for use on metals, plastics, rubber and high tech alloys. Extreme Simple Green® Aircraft & Precision Cleaner and Simple Green® Pro HD are available on both the industrial and retail markets, respectively. These products were initially developed for the aircraft industry and extensive testing shows that they are safe and effective on a variety of metals and other sensitive surfaces even in the most extreme circumstances.
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Was changing my oil this past Saturday, and everything went smooth until I made a very noob mistake . I tried to add a bit of oil while the car was running and it shot out everywhere. In my mouth, all over the motor, and even up to the grill/bumper. So whats the best way of cleaning this off the motor? Or should I just let it burn off?

I guess the only positive that came out of it was I got my engine cover shiny (well a little bit of it at least)
Most dealerships have detailing services. When I had my '03 in for service, I asked for the engine compartment to be steam cleaned. They did it at no additional charge.

If you want to do it yourself, I'd recommend this from Griot's Garage.

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....Polly want a cracker? ;)
I already mentioned the specific reason why. I was just busting your chops regarding your response.
Hey man, no offense taken, no offense intended.
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LOL I just drive it hard and let whatever I couldn't wipe burn off.
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I am a new member of forum. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guys!!!
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I am a new member of forum. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guys!!!


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