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Default Any degrease their motor in their garage in winter? - 02-18-2019, 09:44 AM

So, my block is a massive grease ball.
In the process of replacing VCG, OFH gaskets, oil cooler o-rings (4, both ends of hose), alternator, serpentine belt, will do a chemical-based cleaning of the intake valves.

Engine block is fully exposed.
Car is in unheated garage.

Lots of snow outside. Can't do a purple engine cleaner out there.

Considering a 5 foot oil pan, then running hot water into the garage from house and cleaning like that.

Anyone attempt something similar?

I'd like to start putting her back together at this point, but feel loath to until its clean.

Solutions other than waiting for +10c?


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Wheels: 322 | Tires: R.275/35r18, F.245/40r18
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TMAP: 3.5 barr
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Default 02-18-2019, 10:33 AM


Move to a warmer climate. Its 80 degrees in Florida today


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Default 02-18-2019, 10:46 AM

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Move to a warmer climate. Its 80 degrees in Florida today

Such a tease!


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2008 335i Convertible, E93, N54, A/T (190,000+ km)
Wheels: 322 | Tires: R.275/35r18, F.245/40r18
TUNE: JB4/Trebila | 24 PSI | 100% Meth via dual BM5 | 94 Octane
BMS: JB4, Map 6 | WMI | 5" FMIC | OCC | DCI | Cowel Filters
TMAP: 3.5 barr
xHP Stage 3 (v2.0)
VRSF CP | HKS BOV
RB PCV Valve
NGK 5992 Plugs @ .020

Maintenance:
2018 - A/T Replaced | Plugs | Ign Coils | Walnut Blasting
2019 - Index 12 Injectors | VCG | OFHG & O-rings | Alternator w/ Clutch Pulley | Water Pump & TStat
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Default 02-18-2019, 04:00 PM

When I lived in Chicago kerosene heaters did the trick in the middle of winter when I had to wrench in the garage. Used to rent from home depot. Would start sweating, if yoy dont mind smelling like a avation mechanic with a light buzz


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Default 02-19-2019, 06:34 AM

Drop the pans, and bring it to a self bay car wash. If done thougly it will ba a mess.
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Default 02-19-2019, 09:06 AM

When I cleaned my engine, I had most of it exposed as I was doing the turbo swap. I used a power washer for it, I cleaned everything and would use compressed air to blow it dry. Just don't spray the valve cover, I made that mistake. I had a hunch water was still in there, took out the coils to find a nice mix of water/oil. Probably spent a few hours removing coils/spark plugs and cleaning out all the water/oil. It was around 40 degrees outside when I did it. I recommend to use some of those thick nitrile gloves, they really help keep your hands warm when compared to wet hands in the cold.
Keep in mind I had most my engine stripped down, I would ziptie parts to part of a wire shelving unit and blast them with the power washer to stop them from blowing away.
I had the whole subframe out and suspension, they all got a good cleaning, the difference was amazing but I wouldn't pull the car apart just to clean it, I wouldn't recommend power washing the engine unless you have the thing torn apart.

Skip the chemical cleaning of the valves and just walnut blast them. I tried chemical cleaning before and it took forever and I didn't get them nearly as clean as I did with the walnut blaster. I spent like $60 on the walnut blaster and around another $80 on air filters/moisture traps/regulators/blast media.


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Custom Map 6 21.5 psi (E70 mix)
Walbro 450 LPFP - 4 Bar TMAP Sensor - Muff Delete
SAT Transmission Flash/retrofit (Thanks to Wedge!)
AD Engineering Oil thermostat - Rob Beck PCV Valve
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Default 02-19-2019, 07:19 PM

and after you're done using the media on the ports, use it on the block.
2 birds
1 stone


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Default 02-20-2019, 07:53 AM

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and after you're done using the media on the ports, use it on the block.
2 birds
1 stone
It doesn't sound like he has the engine removed from the car. I wouldn't recommend media blasting the block unless you're about to paint it or need a perfectly virgin surface for whatever reason. Media blasting with all the components attached to the engine would make a mess, you have no idea how abrasive media blasting is, it will cut through hoses and wedge particles past seals.
I'm assuming his situation was similar to mine, I had oil residue over the front of my engine block from an oil leak I fixed long ago and I had oil residue on the underside of the car from a leaking oil pan gasket. Since the car had to come apart, I cleaned every thing with a power washer. Keep in mind I was smart (for the most part) about where I pointed the nozzle as well as I used a lower pressure nozzle to do most of the cleaning.
The main reason I cleaned the engine was because I thought it would be much easier to spot an oil leak if something didn't seal properly after being put back together. Never leaked any oil but now when I go to car/race meets I never mind popping the hood as its all clean under it now...but the second the hood goes up, people know I was BSing them about the car being stock...


DON'T buy VRSF D.Ps or inlets! I have them and their fitment sucks! Running their FMIC with no issues.
HKS BOV, BMS DCI, BMS Meth Kit
JB4 w/MHD-BMS E85 Backend Flash
Custom Map 6 21.5 psi (E70 mix)
Walbro 450 LPFP - 4 Bar TMAP Sensor - Muff Delete
SAT Transmission Flash/retrofit (Thanks to Wedge!)
AD Engineering Oil thermostat - Rob Beck PCV Valve
Installed all the parts myself.
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