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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 06:50 PM
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Just never wash an engine. It is never necessary.

If a dirty engine offends your sensibilities just close the hood and go for a drive.

Only the inside of an engine needs to be clean.

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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 07:07 PM
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Agree! I was actually washing sand out that had got up under the hood. It was in the gutters around the engine. Other morale of the story - don't leave your Alfa outside when you live by the sea! Never again!!


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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 07:29 PM
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At least not where the sand is blowing. Maybe use a vacuum?

Old "real" Minis used to be a real problem in the rain because the crummy distributor was right in front of the engine behind the grill, and you always had to have a rag to wipe the inside of it out when the engine would quit in the rain. Used to try to use a plastic shield of some sort.

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So, an advanced feature, a self washing engine. No doubt the heat from the radiator would eventually dry off the engine if you let the car idle for a while, once you got it started of course. Perhaps that's why they kept the radiator out of the airflow, retained more heat to make it more efficient as a drier.....

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post #35 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 09:03 PM
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As I remember, the fan in the Mini blew air out into the lhs fender, the radiator being mounted on the inside of the left fender, fore and aft, IIRC. Been many many years.

See this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini#/media/File:Mini_cross_section.jpg

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89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)

previously owned since 1964:

62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
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Every 164 I've owned, I've pressure washed the engine compartment at least once a year.
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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 10:08 PM
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Maybe the 12V engine is less sensitive than the 24V with the high power ignition coils which tend to short out anyway without water contaminating them. Or, you are skilled with the force, indeed, Master Jedi Obi Wan, lol.

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89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)

previously owned since 1964:

62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6

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