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Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:59 pm 
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I had some problems when I washed my BA XT engine bay. A couple of times the engine would miss fire. This time it continued for 300km (driving from NT to VIC) before clearing up. 2 weeks later the engine started to play up again without no washing and ford found that I had two faulty coils & spark plugs due to water in spark plug wells. The spark plug & coils are under the black cover on top of the engine. So be careful washing in this area.
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Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 8:29 pm 
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I had some problems when I washed my BA XT engine bay. A couple of times the engine would miss fire. This time it continued for 300km (driving from NT to VIC) before clearing up. 2 weeks later the engine started to play up again without no washing and ford found that I had two faulty coils & spark plugs due to water in spark plug wells. The spark plug & coils are under the black cover on top of the engine. So be careful washing in this area.
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Sounds like you didn't give the engine bay enough time to dry before running it aswell. I leave my bonnet open for about 5 hours in the sun. everything is dry by then

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:08 pm 
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after you wash it, get a airhose and put it around the plugs and blast the water out .. or dry the whole bay

start ur car up straight after u wash it and do that and im sure ull have no problems, otherwise it'll miss for a bit..
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Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:41 pm 
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I clean mine with degreaser and then use the high pressure cleaner at the car wash. Then i get out my trusty blower/vac and blow all the water off the engine & i'm away! Might look like a bit of a d**k but i'm not sitting there like others do trying to start their cars till the battery goes flat!! :)

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:21 am 
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I hosed down the engine bay in my AU3 and must have got some water into the idler pulley bearing because it made a lot of noise from that time on. Eventually had to get it replaced.

It might be wise putting a plastic bag over the idler and belt tensioner pulleys.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:53 am 
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I hosed down the engine bay in my AU3 and must have got some water into the idler pulley bearing because it made a lot of noise from that time on. Eventually had to get it replaced.

It might be wise putting a plastic bag over the idler and belt tensioner pulleys.


Sounds a little unusual, idler pulley has a sealed bearing shouldn't get water in it.

 

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