Alex Palmeri from Legit Street Cars literally cleans every component of the V12 engine in his CL65 AMG.
Do you know how satisfactory it is to use a pressure washer on concrete? After blasting away the dirt and moss, it looks brand new. The same applies to steam honing and engine parts made of aluminum. Alex Palmeri von Legit Street Cars did just that with his CL65 AMG as he has completely removed the engine from the car and is about to do a thorough cleaning, literally except for all nuts and bolts.
Why? Because it’s old CL65 AMG and the M275 V12 engine needs a little love. When we get to him, the engine is already out of the car and has mostly been dismantled except for the short block.
Palmeri sets the scene and says, “We have a few parts to clean, so I’ll show you how to do it here at home.” With a little cleaner, Palmeri shows you how to remove most of the grease and grime from any part. Degreaser fluid circulates through a pump and is the main ingredient. “This is about as gentle of a liquid as you can use,” notes Palmeri. This approach can do a good job for some Elbow fat. But it still leaves a lot to be desired. Aluminum can get stained, and that’s exactly what happens with a leaky AMG engine. Would you like things to look almost perfect? Get your parts steam sanded.
Using Fluid Motor UnionPalmeri, a store near Chicago, plans to use steam to refine its parts. In the shop, Palmeri is told how this differs from a sandblaster. “In theory, you’re treating the surface because this is a honing machine. You’re not just blowing it up. “Instead of being abrasive, this process actually brings a high quality finish.
And quality finish is an understatement. The part looks absolutely brand new! And you get the benefit of a new looking part without the cost, too. Both valve covers, the front timing cover, the intake manifold, and a number of other parts cost approximately $ 150.00. Given the result, that’s not a bad price at all!
Let’s not forget about the small parts that also need attention. Palmeri uses a cheap jewelry mug that you discontinue and forget. Come back a little later and your hardware will be free of oils and greases. It makes things really easy as you take care of other items in the car.