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Engine Compartment Detailing - question

My 2004 Pepper White MCS with 150K is currently undergoing comprehensive DIY deferred maintenance. Before I reinstall the fender liners I would like to clean up somewhat the body panels in the wheel wells that will be hidden once the liners are back in place. What do people recommend for the dirt and oily residue that has accumulated there during the past 14 years. Also, what should I use on the passenger side where the engine mount failed and leaked its black tarry gunk all over the frame rail? Thanks.
 
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Gunk.
 
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Use something mild on the painted areas and test it in a hidden spot, especially before cleaning the leaking motor mount fluid. The paint under the hood and hatch isn't clear coated and comes off easily.
 
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I use a home steam cleaner .... steam cuts grease and gunk without the 'force' of a pressure washer

https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-w...kit-63042.html

 

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Gunk, "foaming" engine cleaner. For everything. Don't spray it on the outer paint.

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I have to go with steamer as well. I use mine on engine compartments and then my wife saw it and now she claims it for the wood floors.
 
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shower grout ! ! !

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I had this exact problem. I read that denatured alcohol removed the gunk left by the failed engine mount. I went to Home Depot and bought a small can ($7) in the paint area near the brush cleaners. Used a small amount of the denatured alcohol and a stiff bristle brush on the frame rail where the engine mount leaked black tar like gunk and it does work really well. You need to be careful when you come in contact with the actual cars paint because this is essentially paint thinner - but I simply use water and it dilutes instantly. I tried a number of products and nothing made a dent.
 
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