Pressure washer at the car wash?


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Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby bcnv1100 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:18 pm



I want to clean a bunch of old grease and grime from mostly the bottom of the bike engine that the PO never bothered to take care of. What do you all think about using the spray gun at the car wash? Can i just shoot up under the bike. Probably not good to shoot the side of the engine with it???



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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:12 pm

Bcnv1100 Just my 2 cents I would not use a carwasher on any part of my bike. If you want to degrease it try spraying break cleaner on the grease let it soak and then use a brush to get the gunk off. Good luck Hal
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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:26 pm

I'm of the same opinion - I wouldn't use a pressure washer on my bike, but I think nothing of using copious amounts of brake cleaner as a universal degreaser. It's cheap and it works.

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:28 pm

Castrol Super Clean works very well as does Simple Green.
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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:15 pm

A pressure washer is a sure fire way to drive soap/water past gaskets and bearing seals. There is no "easy" way to clean your bike but like the others have said Brake Clean works well
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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby bcnv1100 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:27 am

Allright , thought i heard sombody on here using a pressure washer , but maybe their next post was "how do i get all this water out my engine" , I did start using brake cleaner on it and it works great , thanks all!!!

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby thrasherg » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:05 pm

As mentioned, pressure washers are a good way to drive water pas seals and into places you don't want it, a good pressure washer is also an excellent method to remove paint from most plastics!! I would avoid high pressure washers. As mentioned use brake cleaner and warm water with an automotive soap, then rinse with a low pressure garden hose and then wipe dry to avoid water stains..

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby bcnv1100 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:01 pm

Sounds good, will that brake cleaner do anything to the plastic or rubber parts, just rinse it off good?

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby thrasherg » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:17 pm

If you leave brake cleaner on plastic parts for a long time it can attack the plastic or paint, but usually there is no problem if you wash it off within 5 to 10 minutes..

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:23 pm

Brake cleaner will dissolve polystyrene (and particularly expanded polystyrene - more commonly known as styrofoam) on contact, but it has to be left on ABS (our bikes use ABS) for quite a while for it to have any kind of effect. That's pretty tough to do, as it evaporates within seconds - so you should be fine.

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby riffraff » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:22 pm

I live in an apartment in the city so an outside hose is out of the question. Being anex mechanic I already know what kind of havoc you can cause with one of those pressure washers. Home depot or Lowes has the answer. Get oneof those 2 or 3 gallon hand pump spray jugs with the wand on a hose and you're all set. Your own portable low pressure bike wash. It's strong enough to wash off most degreasers but won't blow by any seals or gaskets. You can also use hot water rather than just the cold water you'll get from a hose. Never caused me any troubles yet. You can also use it around the house for other projects.(wall paper stripper,water the plants,etc.) And ,you don't have to travel!

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby slowpoke » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:53 pm

Hello all, I am new to this site and am really enjoying it. Anyhow for cleaning gunk off metal I use WD40, let soak for a few minutes then thoroughly rinse. Haven't seemed to damage anything yet.

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:04 pm

I only used the pressure washer on my tires and that it..I wash the bike with the garden hose and some collon rags and soap for autos, then after I wash my gem to a sparkleing clean new looking bike, I blow dry it with my leaf blower...then it's time to polish....music is a must...

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Re: Pressure washer at the car wash?

Postby mikeinidahoidaho » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:37 pm

Super Clean and Simple Green are great cleaners for grease and grime, but keep them away from polished aluminum as they will etch the surface and dull things. I use a powerwasher all the time it does a great job cleaning the crud off under the motor. A little common sense and restraint around exposed seal surfaces will keep the water from getting inside. You can always powerwash on oil change day, drop the oil after it has been dried off and warmed up.




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