Spray engine when you wash ZTR?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CoastalEmpire, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. CoastalEmpire

    CoastalEmpire LawnSite Member
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    How do you go about cleaning the your engine when it's really dusty and dirty (the outside of it)
     
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Garden hose after it is completely cooled and stay away from the electrics and carbs.
    We pressure wash the rest of the mowers but not the motors.
     
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    when really dusty and dirty I first take the backpack blower to it and blow everything off. Then I wipe it down and clean it with armor all. The bad thing about using water is sometimes the plugs will get wet so you have to dry them out.
     
  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    You WASH your Z?! :) What a blower don't get stays on mine.
     
  5. CoastalEmpire

    CoastalEmpire LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    Seriously? I gotta wash my baby.
     
  6. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,098

    If I had a dollar for each mower I had to fix and replace wiring the was eat up by Purple Power or Dixie Red, I could buy out Bill Gates. I just replace a Walker wirning harness ($90 for the harness) because Purple Power caused a high resistance short in the key switch which slowly cooked the wiring. If you do wash one use plain water or you will be sorry
     
  7. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Blow off first, then after fully cooled, Car wash entire unit. Usually once a week. Then blow off again, especially electrics and motor..
     
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I use the blower when in the spring and doing warm season turf scalpings. To clean it finer I use an air nozzle with compressed air. I would never use water period. It may work and do no harm, but I wont do it.
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I have no hesitation about using a pressure washer on a running engine. I do avoid blasting at wires and such but the block portions and any cowling get hit. I also use a little bit of car wash soap mixed into a couple of gallons of water if I want to hand wash any parts of the engine.
     
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I wash all mine, too. No chemicals, just soap and water at the car wash. I keep it blown off all the time, as well.
     

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