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Old 11-12-2008, 05:12 PM
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Hey,
just had my oil line go out on my 7.3 while on the freeway. I fixed the oil line, but it shot oil all over everything, what is the best way to get the oil of of the engine. I was just gonna boil a pot of water and carefully pour it in the valley? questions comments concerns????
 
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1. Cover air intake filter, relays, oil filler cap, and top engine sensors with zip-lock baggies.
2. Soak down with Simple Green Degreaser.
3. Let the SGD work for about 10 minutes, but do not let it dry in place... might need to spritz it a few times.
4. Rinse with low pressure water from a garden hose... might need to use a little nozzle pressure in a few hard to get to spots.
5. Repeat if necessary.
6. Remove the baggies.
7. Start up the engine and let it run for a few minutes to help the drying process.
8. Spray on some Teflon Tire Shine from Dupont to really, REALLY spruce up the engine bay.

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Don't forget to cover the power steering pump resy. It has a vent hole that water will get in. Honestly, I never worry so much about the sensors and relays. I do try to limit the water on the big wire harness plugs on the drivers side.
 
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Spray with your choice of degreaser and wash with a hose... Easy cheesey...
 
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Yep, I completely forgot about the PS cover... thanks for bringing that up, Barry.
 
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when I bought my truck..I pulled every wire plug I could find and dabbed in electrical grease made for sensors and I replaced any bad rubber weather rings in the plugs...if I need to pull a plug ill add more grease if I need to..the grease keeps moisture out..cover up what has aleady been said above..on a cold motor cause steam is worse then water..steam gets in to places you never thought of..spray her down with simple green...brush down what needs to be brushed..then I use a power washer and spray her down....I do this twice a year just before she gets waxed..I have never had a problem..I have done this to every car / truck I ever owned..
 
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Originally Posted by F250_ View Post
1. Cover air intake filter, relays, oil filler cap, and top engine sensors with zip-lock baggies.
2. Soak down with Simple Green Degreaser.
3. Let the SGD work for about 10 minutes, but do not let it dry in place... might need to spritz it a few times.
4. Rinse with low pressure water from a garden hose... might need to use a little nozzle pressure in a few hard to get to spots.
5. Repeat if necessary.
6. Remove the baggies.
7. Start up the engine and let it run for a few minutes to help the drying process.
8. Spray on some Teflon Tire Shine from Dupont to really, REALLY spruce up the engine bay.

Check out my gallery... I did the same process with GREAT results.
https://www.ford-trucks.com/user_gal...&albumid=29422
Don't forget step #6! Don't laugh, a few on here have done it.
 
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Don't forget step #6! Don't laugh, a few on here have done it.
That would've been me...

I only cover the alternator, PS lid (VERY IMPORTANT!! There's an open hole that will let water right into it!), and 6637. Then spray with Simple Green & hose off. **REMOVE BAGS**.

After you make sure to remove the bags, check again...

Then start the engine to dry it. I then spray some tire shine on the rubber/plastic parts. Looks like this when done:




In my defense, I received a lengthy technical phone call after I was done washing the truck, both on the outside, and the engine bay. That's how I screwed up. The only bag I left on was the 6637, and after starting it and thinking it was running funny because it was wet, I gunned it instantly realizing what the real reason was. The Wal-Mart bag over the filter crushed it like a beer can. Fortunately, it didn't crush it enough to tear it, so I drove it to the Napa & bought a new one. $50 mistake.
 
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Yeah, those bags are a bi**h to get unwound from the pulleys ain't they?
 
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Dang that Bay is clean !
 
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Yeah, those bags are a bi**h to get unwound from the pulleys ain't they?
Don't know -- that was Scott...
 
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Don't know -- that was Scott...
Well, I may or may not have done that myself.
 
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Well, I may or may not have done that myself.
LMAO!!! I see.......
 
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That seems like it's so easy to do. Am I missing something?
 
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That seems like it's so easy to do. Am I missing something?

It's as easy as it seems. Don't forget what I have on my degaser bottle.



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