To clean the engine I use Simple Green or Grease Lightning which can be found at your local Auto store. I first cover all electrical parts with plastic bags or aluminum foil so they do not get wet. I cover the alternator, fuse box, ignition coil pack, battery and your air intake if it's an open filter. I then spray the degreaser on the engine and use a small brush to loosen any dirt in the hard to reach areas. Wait a few minutes then hose it off. A power washer or a garden hose will do fine. Once you hosed it off, dry the engine with some towels then use a rubber/vinyl protectant on all the hoses and plastic parts. That's all it takes.How do you clean the engine? What products do you use? Do you use a power washer or just a garden hose? Sorry for all the questions, I'm new to this.
If you cover all the electrical parts really good, there shouldn't be any problems. I haven't had any so far.I've heard that its a good idea to start the engine while doing the rinsing off, otherwise it may not start afterwards. Is this true?