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    Whether permitting this weekend I'll be giving the 330D it's first clean.

    The engine bay needs a bit of TLC and is just a bit dusty so only really needs a quick rinse, light scrub and a dress.

    I've only ever cleaned an engine bay once before where I just covered the starter motor/alternator/ECU with cling film and gave it a quick rinse with the hose very lightly. Sprayed on AutoGlym Engine & Machine Cleaner and then another rinse and dressed it with Vynil & Rubber care.

    Does this sound okay for the 330D? are there any parts I should be particularly careful not to get wet? I think the alternator is located on the right hand side of the engine and is easily visible. I'll probably cover the air intake too.

    Any tips/advice welcome,

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    Not overly familiar with the 3.0l diesel engine but did my 2.5 M54 petrol engine last weekend without covering anything.. no problems.

    I was really concerned about damaging something but when I actually looked properly everything important in the engine bay is already covered or sealed..

    So, I used my hose gun attachment thing on "mist" to wet the engine bay.. sprayed autosmart de-greaser on, "agitated" with my brush then jet washed off..

    Once all rinsed I started the engine to help aid the drying process and mopped up the worst of the water left..

    When dry I dressed with Autosmart trim dressing.. job done.. looking good!
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    Thanks for that.

    Obviously trying to avoid driving water in to anything is a good idea so will be doing this. It's either the starter motor or alternator which looks quite exposed.

    I think it's just a case of being sensible

    Will post some before/after shots this weekend if the weather holds out.
     
     

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    Course it is mate, I did give pretty much everything a good blast on mine without any issue so just go for it.. my engine bay is now clean as a whistle and looks fantastic!

    Before I dressed it...

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