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    Hi all

    I'm hugely proud of my M3 and would really like to clean the engine bay and engine so it looks as good as the exterior of the car.

    I'd like to know what products I should buy and anything to bare in mind when cleaning it. Is there anything I should avoid with this being an M car and different metals being used under the bonnet? Never done engine detailing before so all your best tips please
     
     

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    I did my engine bay last weekend, used autosmart engine degreaser to clean and autosmart dressing to dress...

    cost less than £10 for both bottles.. worked a treat, my engine bay is now like new!

    Not sure about what's under the bonnet on an M3 so hopefully someone with experience with your specific car can guide you more on the process..

    Personally on my 325ti there was nothing that needed covering, just used my hose adaptor on "jet" then "mist" and I was done.. then just a case of starting the engine to aid the drying process and dressing once dry.
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    done mine over the weekend used autobrite jaffa clean to clean the engine down then auto clean bubblegum spray to get the required finish, have a look at my thread named..
    ' 1997 E31 840Ci engine clean-up ' page 2 of this section
     
     

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    I did my M3 on Sunday, I used Autosmart All Purpose Cleaner diluted 6:1 and a brush to agitate it, then a pressure washer (yeah I know, but it's MY car) and WD40 to dress it... It looks awesome IMHO.

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    I believe most of the parts that shouldn't get water in are pretty covered anyway, maybe watch for the alternator and starter motor and run a fine mist of water over it, but dont go over the top with the water.
     
     

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    Thanks all. Good tips. However is it really okay to jet wash the engine?! Is it honestly okay to soak the whole engine in water from the top down?! What is the absolute maximum power I should use?
     
     

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    If your uncomfortable using a jet then just mist water over it.. aslong as there's enough water to rinse away the dirt then it's fine
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