SOCALTITANKC4X4LE said:[QUOTE=TitanBlue]Nice variety of answers. Steam is no longer recommended for any engines, as the steam will get inside electrical connections and form condensation which is trapped inside and forms corrosion. Cold water is best, or cold pressurized water, if kept away from certain areas. Remember that the starter islocated under the Intake cover, and on person ruined their starter, by cleaning the engine and getting the muddy water in the starter. Simple Green is an excellent cleaner. You can wipe the engine parts dry and use armour all to finish it off, sense it has so much plastic. A warm, not hot, engine is OK to aid in the cleaning action.[/QUOTEI respectfully disagree.
If that was true, then on rainy days our electrical systems would fail when ever we drove our trucks through a puddle or when off roading through mud and water.
I have 62K miles on my truck and Thousands of miles on other vehicles I've owned without any problems after cleaning the engines.
yeah but... i thought the VK56 is a distributor-less design, so no having to deal with distributor caps and such.TitanBlue said:I understand your point, but still stand by my statement, which referred mostly to "steam". Water can still do it though. GMC Sierra Distributors of about 2001 had TSB's because of this. I've had our cap replaced 3 times due to moisture inside the cap, exactly like the TSB stated.
I interpreted it as the mud killed the started. It just happened to get washed in there by some water.SOCALTITANKC4X4LE said:But my point is that you don't have to worry about cleaning your engine. If a starter fails, it was not because you cleaned or steamed the engine. :cheers: