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 09-30-2007, 16:38 Post: 146303
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OK - I know we have discussed cleaning the outside of the tractor. But under the hood things are getting very dusty. Is it OK to gently hose off the engine and components while the tractor is not running? Are there any preferred methods you would suggest?






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 09-30-2007, 16:46 Post: 146304
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If it's running keep water out of the air intake otherwise it could lock it up or worse, bend a rod.

Clear water should be okay by itself to hose down the engine of dust. Petroleum-based cleaners are oaky for the most part all over the engine. However, be careful of some highly alkaline cleaners such as Greased Lightning as it could corrode exposed non-water proof electrical connectors. You'll know if it corroded them as it will turn brass ones black or copper ones green.






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 09-30-2007, 19:34 Post: 146306
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As long as the engine is not hot when you wash it down, it will be fine to spray it down with water.
I have always pressure washed my tractor engines.
Never caused any problems.






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 10-01-2007, 07:20 Post: 146318
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Thanks for the input EW and DK!






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 10-01-2007, 08:20 Post: 146325
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Crunch, I think it is Murf who suggest a leaf blower also. An air line also will work for smaller areas. For most part have just used water hose as has been covered. If you are using leaf blower or air hose, you may need eye and nose protection. kt






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 10-01-2007, 09:45 Post: 146329
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KT,

Since I have an air compressor handy in the garage I use that quite a bit, I also use the backpack leaf blower to dust off the the entire tractor.

I try avoid using water on the tractor. In fact I was just thinking how I have not even started my pressure washer at all this year, I find that it is so easy to destroy things with it in just an instant or get water into metal and electrical parts where it will cause problems. Then there is the antifreeze storage issue that can kill your dog, I ought to sell it Wink yeah right






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 10-01-2007, 11:52 Post: 146349
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Dennis, sell the dog, washer or the antifreeze? Smile






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 10-01-2007, 11:56 Post: 146350
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Ha Ha Ha Kt!

The dog is the only one that truly loves me around here, and that is just me overlooking the food basis of our relationship! Laughing out loud





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 10-01-2007, 12:21 Post: 146352
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A leaf blower is indeed a great way to remove dust and debris from the engine and radiator.

I would however point out that if the engine is covered in oil residue or mud, etc., a blower won't remove that. Any over the counter engine shampoo will work well though, just spray it on, wait for it to do it's thing, and give it a light hose off with a garden hose.

Best of luck.






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Murf you forgot to mention the gov.-approved catch basin and contamination remediation unit. Seen some of these at local tractor dealers who work on and/or clean equipment---even local Home Depots who rent and clean their own equipment.

I used to wash my equipment at the local coin-op car wash where the owner is a now-former customer of mine. I was removing some light dust/oil mist of the trencher. The trailer deck is 20' long and was overhanging the exit of the wash by about a foot or two. The bright green anti-freeze looking "degreaser" had collected and ran down the trailer and was dripping onto the parking lot. Within seconds a city DPW worker---who best buddies with the wash owner calls the owner and they both show up. Long story short...the city worker tells me he is going to have my vehicle impounded for "anti-freeze contamination", call the DEQ, and have me arrested! He calmed down when the owner told him it was HIS degreaser. He says he only wants "clean cars" washed there. I told him that after this I will take ALL my business elsewhere. "Oh no, no" he says Oh, yes, yes.






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