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Cleaning front radiator intake on facelift

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by HumanGenome, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. HumanGenome

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    Power wash?
     
  2. Lloyd

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    Exercise caution by testing the water pressure first and approaching the rad carefully to prevent damaging the radiator fins. You can also clean your rad at home using a garden hose and some bug-and-tar remover. Once your radiator is cool, spray on the remover, let it soak for a minute, then rinse it off.

    GUNK Tar and Bug Remover,15 Oz.,Aerosol - 4TKG6|TR1 - Grainger
     
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  3. HumanGenome

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    There's a lip where stuff will fall into, I am assuming that will make it's way out of the car through the undercarriage instead of sitting in there? My only concern is that there would be build up under there after power washing.
     
  4. artsci

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    I would suggest a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Better to vacuum the debris out rather than force it in with water pressure.
     
  5. eschummer

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    You really need to do both. Vacuum to get all the loose debris out, and wash (gently) to remove the bugs. A smiler issue exists behind the windshield wipers under the top of the hood (except for the bugs)...
     

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