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Engine has old oil in many places--cannot see where leak is--how do you properly wash off an engine?

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You can purchase engine degreaser spray to spray it down with. Let it soak a bit then spray down the engine bay with a hose or something. Make sure not to spray the engine when it is hot because you can crack the block by dropping the temperature that quickly with cold water. Just wait until the car is cooled down to do all this. You also want to make sure you don't somehow soak the air filter. Just make sure it is sealed up as it should be.

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U either rent a pressure washer or buy engine degreaser from the local parts store and use a pressure nozzle on a garden hose, let the degreaser sit for 20 minutes to do its job before washing it off, aviod ignition system components with direct spray.

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