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Old 10th June 2006, 15:55   #1
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The best engine cleaner!

I did a search and I didnt find any on this subject so here it is.

I'm sure some of you have used Gunk or some other brand of engine cleaner to clean your engine. I have used Gunk engine cleaner on my cars a few times over the years and I hate the residual petroleum smell that stays on the car for weeks. And as the engine burns off the left over chemicals - the smell goes inside your car as you drive. I hate it. And I love my engine clean so I searched for something better.

So, here you go, shared by a friend of mine, the best engine cleaner you can buy. No smell, very friendly to the engine, rubber hoses, plastic, works quick and does a fantastic job. Cost: $2.99 a can and worth every penny.

Scrubbing bubbles! I have used this stuff three times in all my cars and it worked great! I urge you to try and post results.

Spray on directly to a cool engine, let it soak for about 2 minutes, scrub a little bit on areas with caked on grease, then hose the engine off with water, start the engine, let it warm up to dry, walk away, no need to wipe down, come back in about half an hour and check the results, let me know.

Careful always with your electrical connectors, scrubbing bubbles wont hurt it, it's the water that you have to worry about. Dont let the water get in to your Xenon ballast and HID bulbs either so cover those with plastic. Basically the same directions you get when using any engine cleaner.

Let me know how it works for you. Oh, get the lemon scented version. It smells better.

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Old 16th January 2007, 18:47   #2
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Hello Dan,

Sounds useful... so you prefer syntethic lemon smell over petrol smell... :-)

If you have a can of it at hand, would you like to post whatīs written in the contents part of the label, please?

Does it say anything about the pH value (acidity / causticity)?

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Hi David. Yes, I prefer simulated lemon scent over petrol anytime : )

I am currently here at work and dont have a can with me handy but here is the info I was able to gather over the internet.

Yes, kindly check it out and see if scrubbing bubbles contains anything that can harm our beast.

http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov...ds&id=19001091

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Hello Dan,

Sounds useful... so you prefer syntethic lemon smell over petrol smell... :-)

If you have a can of it at hand, would you like to post whatīs written in the contents part of the label, please?

Does it say anything about the pH value (acidity / causticity)?

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Thanks for the great link, Dan!

It looks safe enough for the car. Basically water plus slightly concentrated hand dishwashing stuff plus an antibacterial compound and a flammable gas to propel it out of the spray can.

Should be perfectly safe for the engine, but I think any hand dishwashing stuff plus some water into a manually pumped atomizing spray bottle would be just as effective.

What I donīt like about it is the Dialkyldimethylammonium methyl sulfate, that kills bacteria, good bacteria and bad bacteria alike.

This might sound like a good thing, but it is not. Too frequent exposure to compounds like these is precisely how we get so called "super bugs", resistant bacteria.

Besides our skin is in symbiosis with protective bacteria that keep infectious bacteria away from microscopic wounds. Kill too many of those good bacteria and you leave the field open to nasty bacteria, aka "hospital illness".

Iīm not saying you shouldnīt wash and keep clean, I say donīt use antibiotics or antibacterial stuff unless necessary, and only in the places needed.

Killing all bacteria is as produtive as killing all humans just to get rid of all murderers...

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Iīm not saying you shouldnīt wash and keep clean, I say donīt use antibiotics or antibacterial stuff unless necessary, and only in the places needed.
My car had a pretty bad infection a few weeks ago and I felt obligated to prescribe some antibiotics. Some Pen VK and it cleared right up.
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I would be worried if the cleaning solution will deteriorate rubber hoses.
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Thanks for the excellent report David.

If I can sort of summarize what you said = Scrubbing bubbles is safe to use for cleaning car engines. Based on its listed chemical contents - you are not aware of any chemicals present that can be harmful to metal, rubber or plastic parts?

But just like anything, only use it if you have to. (I use it about twice a year.)

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Thanks for the great link, Dan!

It looks safe enough for the car. Basically water plus slightly concentrated hand dishwashing stuff plus an antibacterial compound and a flammable gas to propel it out of the spray can.

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I've used stuff like that in the engine bay, It was a no name brand.
Another great thing is if you need to remove paint try Easy Off oven spray, It will lift the paint off in a hours time.

Gunk is nasty stuff for our storm drainage systems, I haven't used it for over 15 yrs now.
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Thanks for the excellent report David.

If I can sort of summarize what you said = Scrubbing bubbles is safe to use for cleaning car engines. Based on its listed chemical contents - you are not aware of any chemicals present that can be harmful to metal, rubber or plastic parts?

But just like anything, only use it if you have to. (I use it about twice a year.)

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Dan,

In short: yes.

Iīm generally opposed to the marketing trend of putting antibacterial compounds into all sorts of household common goods where it is not needed. It is plain stupid. Except it sells well...

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303 Aerospace cleaner works better, has no smell, and is guaranteed safe on any surface (you can even wash fruit with it if properly diluted). The only downside is that it's a bit more expensive than the Gunk stuff.
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