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Old 20th August 2007, 21:33   #1
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Cleaning engine ...

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What is the most adequated way to clean the Beast inner soul ? I am afraid of damaging the electronics and stuff ...

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Old 20th August 2007, 22:12   #2
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Good question. It is a tedious job. I'd like to hear if there is an easy way.
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I leave it to the pro or whoever do it for living. Then usually I wipe with a towel+degreaser/water on engine cover, minor and reachable area everytime I wash my car to avoid any build up. Once it's too much, then time to see the pro
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I've never cleaned the engine in my M5, but for cars I've detailed, generally I take these steps.

-Cover battery terminals, spark plugs, alternator, and other electrical items with saran wrap and/or aluminum foil.
-Hose down cool engine bay.
-Use a foaming degreaser (can be picked up at any autoparts store.
-Scrub areas with brush.
-Hose off degreaser.
-Wipe and run engine for a little to dry.
-Apply dressing.

Oh yea. Do NOT do this on your driveway unless you like artsy grease patterns.
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I've never cleaned the engine in my M5, but for cars I've detailed, generally I take these steps.

-Cover battery terminals, spark plugs, alternator, and other electrical items with saran wrap and/or aluminum foil.
-Hose down cool engine bay.
-Use a foaming degreaser (can be picked up at any autoparts store.
-Scrub areas with brush.
-Hose off degreaser.
-Wipe and run engine for a little to dry.
-Apply dressing.

Oh yea. Do NOT do this on your driveway unless you like artsy grease patterns.
You got me on "Apply dressing". Elaborate please?
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You got me on "Apply dressing". Elaborate please?
Depends on what type of dressing you use. Just follow the directions. I use CD2. The directions for mine are spray on, let dry, wipe off excess.
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I've never cleaned the engine in my M5, but for cars I've detailed, generally I take these steps.

-Cover battery terminals, spark plugs, alternator, and other electrical items with saran wrap and/or aluminum foil.
-Hose down cool engine bay.
-Use a foaming degreaser (can be picked up at any autoparts store.
-Scrub areas with brush.
-Hose off degreaser.
-Wipe and run engine for a little to dry.
-Apply dressing.

Oh yea. Do NOT do this on your driveway unless you like artsy grease patterns.
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I just use the swiffer to clean the obvious dust and dirt in the engine bay, and maybe wipe the areas with damp cloth.

I personally don't think washing the engine bay with water and cleaner as some of you mentioned above is a good idea since M5's engine is way more complicate than ordinary cars. there is so many electrical components in there and hose clean them could easily damage them. Remember, M5 is all drive by wire. I think clean it this way is a huge risk.
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I agree - best to wipe down as best as possible (and WHERE you CAN) and leave the rest, unless OIL or some other liquid has leaked. This WILL attract lots of dirt and grime - it this is the problem, best to take to the BMW Dealer, so that, should they get something wet that was not to get wet, THEY will be responsible.
Since the beast is so sofisicated, and the fact that the engine compartment is NEARLY sealed, with exeption to the air intakes, there should NOT be too much to be washed off.
I did this on my 2001 M5, and it seemed to ATTRACT a lot more debris for some unknown reason. I had to take it to the dealer, so that they could do it the correct way (and dry it thoroughly!!!)
I have just over 12,000KM on mine now, and it still shines as though it just came from the factory.
Just my 2 cents worth!!!!
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