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Having recently bought my new truck (FWIW a Chevy Silverado) I want to maintain it as well as I can. I made a vow that I would keep the engine compartment clean in my next vehicle. I figure doing so will make diagnosing problems -especially leaks- a little easier (or at least more pleasant) and may help prolong the life of rubber parts.

How is best to clean the engine compartment? I was thinking a mild cleaner (probably Simply Green) and a brush/sponge and rinsing with a garden hose. Is there anything under there that I'll need to protect from a moderate stream of water? With modern ignitions, I expect the electrics to be sealed and able to withstand the water. Good assumption? I figure I will do this every other month or so -or more often depending on how much dirt's gotten up there. I do not drive offroad and am not talking serious mud.


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