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How to clean a diesel engine

After some bottom work the engine looks a mess all grinding dust and other goop all over it and the compartment.
How do I clean it up?
I know i have to plug the air intake but other than that what do I spray it with and what else do i need to protect?
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I put a plastic bag over the alternator. I know people that don't even do that and have never had a problem. I just try to avoid spraying directly on the wiring harness connection points. Other than that you can use all the degreaser and water you like. I think the orange citrus based degreasers works really well. My air cleaner opening points downward so I don't worry about that. The oil sorb cloths soak up the degreaser and grease very effectively.
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Castrol Superclean. Spray on, wait, hose off.
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You might want to use a shop-vac before adding any liquids to the mess.
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