Car Washing

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  1. Drew871105

    Drew871105 Hellcat Member

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    Car Washing....

    How do you guys wash your cars? I brought my SRT8 to hand car washes only and I plan on doing the same thing with the Hellcat, however the hood vents freak me out......

    1) Does water leak into the engine?
    2) There is nothing under the hood vents to direct the water away and to the side of the engine bay. Why? Poor design or am I missing something?
    3) Any advice?
     
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    cruizinrc HCC New Jersey State President Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Put towels under hood vents so it holds water no water spots that way
    Let motor and hood cool off
    Rear spoiler area holds extra water somewhere, you need to put a blanket in trunk and open and close it a bunch of times and use a blower to dry car helps with scratches
    Ron
     
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    dancap3286 SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    water causes no issues with the heat extractors unless you have an aftermarket CAI with the filter being exposed. That has been my experience so far.
     
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    FreightTrain Comfortably Numb

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    water causes no issues at all with a CAI if you have a dry sock on it.

    washing? i dry off the car with a micro fiber which is mandatory with the black vinyl, i use a black micro fiber for the wheels and yet another one for the door jams, trunk and engine compartment.. just a quick wipe dries it all off without leaving water spots and helps keep engine compartment and jams clean.
     
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    Water can get into the vents, it's not a big deal. The engineers thought of that long before. If you have a CAI you want to be more careful. For water spots on the plastics underneath the vents in the engine bay just wipe it down dry and you can prevent them.
     
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    I simply wash the engine / under hood at the same time I wash the car.
     
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    Red Harley Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member HCC National Secretary

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    Not only do we hand wash ours we also use a blower to dry it. Under the hood also. Hate to have someone ask to see the engine and it be dirty. We only use microfiber cloths to polish with.
     
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    70Cuda Yep, its got a HEMI

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    handwash only;)
     
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    4510 SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    Hand Wash... two bucket system....
    Towels under the vents
    Rinse car with clear water
    Foam car with soap gun
    Wash car with microfiber mitt, rinsing mitt frequently
    Rinse completely
    Microfiber towel dry complete car including engine bay, door jams, trunk lid and jam.
    Towel in trunk draped out over rear until trunk lid quits dripping.
     
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    Lord Hellcat Gold Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC UK President HCC Charter Member

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    Exactly as I do it. Except I need to put towels under the vents. Did not think of that.
     
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    Thanks for summarizing all the research I did the last few days. Can you add your recipe for;
    Car wash soap/foam
    How to clean the tires.
     
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    me too. Water on the filter isn't going to hurt anything. Water drops going into the engine won't hurt it either. If anything it will knock some carbon off the Pistons. What u don't want is to flood the motor and that won't happen in the rain or while washing. Relax bro!
     
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    Hand wash...all of the Car Pro cleaning products are awesome! I use the Adam's Polish foam gun to shoot on the suds, a Car Pro mitt to clean it, and a leaf blower to dry it. Nothing besides the mitt ever touches the car.

    Water in the extractors will not hurt it at all. I open the hood when I am done, and use the leaf blower to get rid of any water under there. Give the engine a quick wipe down with a microfiber, and you're all done.

    Always clean the wheels first. Wheel Woolies are awesome for the Hellcat wheels. Iron-X works well on the wheels, just don't let it dry on them.
     
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    Get two 5-gallon buckets and lids for a few bucks from Home Depot. Buy Grit Guards for about $10 a pop from Amazon. Jam them down into the buckets. Only use the buckets for washing your car - nothing else. One bucket for rinsing the mitt out after you wash an area, one for the soapy water. Grit guards keep the dirt at the bottom of the bucket. Also get a foam gun and lather up the car before going at it with a wash mitt - I also use one mitt for the upper half of the car, another for the bottom half, and do wheels last with a separate microfiber wand tool. Wash and rinse top to bottom. Dry with blower or microfiber. Only wash in the shade, at night, or at break of dawn/dusk with cool temps. Clean your stuff after each use. These suggestions combined will save your paint more than anything.
     
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    Second all.. except I do wheels first... then move onto the car...
     

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