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Where to get a truck undercarriage cleaned?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Capn_Jay, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. Capn_Jay

    Capn_Jay Vancouver, WA New Member

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    Got an old Toyota 4x4, finally getting all the Reagan-era leaks fixed. I want to get the bottom de-greased. Anyone know a good place to have that done? I am currently in an apartment, so I can't DIY at home.

    I am in Vancouver, WA.
     
  2. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Theres a coin op car wash off 164th and 1st behind 76.
     
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    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    There's a product for car cleaning i can't recall the name but it's a purple spray bottle you can get at autp parts stores that works great, but for an undercarriage you might need a few bottles
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You can pre soak it with a pump gallon sprayer with a wand using full strength de-greaser the day before, and then take it to a car wash.
    Make sure you have some safety glasses.
    I like the stuff they sell at CostCo and also at Walmart for around the same price.


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  5. cmica

    cmica puy Active Member

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    you talking "purple power" beware of that stuff around your tires and hoses, it will eat it and your hands too.
     
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  6. RLS

    RLS milwaukie Active Member

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    Super Clean is what i have used in the past. However i would not do anything until you are ready to actually do the work, That grease buildup could be holding back a far bigger leak that could require repairs to be done right away especially if you live in an apartment.
     
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  7. Capn_Jay

    Capn_Jay Vancouver, WA New Member

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    Are you guys recommending DIY stuff also volunteering to let me clean it in your driveway?
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Fill your pocket with a bunch of quarters and drive over to a public car wash, or even better go to a truck stop like Jubitz in N. Portland, they have the heavy duty cleaning stalls with steam.
    If you're disinclined to do it yourself, pay one of these companies to do it for you.

    Blue Beacon Truck Wash
    Truck Wash
    10244 N Vancouver Way
    (503) 283-3270

    LE TruckWash, Inc.
    Truck Wash
    10500 N Vancouver Way
    (503) 448-1182

    Jubitz
    Truck Stop
    33 NE Middlefield Rd
    (503) 283-1111



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  9. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Put a sprinkler under it for a couple of hours. You'll be amazed how much of that stuff will just rinse off with plain water.
     
  10. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Most of the car washes have a decent degreaser in them. I used Super Clean to clean all kinds of equipment to get it clean enough to work on it. Spray it the day before and let it dry. Spray is again right before spraying, and using a good pressure washer on it. Go to BiMart and buy a cheap $ 12 sprayer mix it a bit stronger than recommended, well a lot stronger, and then shi* can the sprayer cause the seals will be gone.

    I never had trouble with hoses or belts with it.

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  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A pump sprayer has a little o ring in the wands handle, just pop it apart and re-grease when you're done.
    The pressure pump itself just needs a little light oil squirted down the pump handle to re-lube the o ring seal inside the pressure tube.