Cleaning your car’s engine can be challenging, even for the average car enthusiast. The delicate parts of the engine can always be damaged if you’re not careful. However, the engine is responsible for running smoothly and makes up an essential part of car care. Think about the wear and tear on your engine that happens on a daily basis. Cleaning the engine doesn’t take a great deal of work but you’ll need to do a little prep work. You also need to make sure that you have the right products.
The key to keeping a clean engine is cleaning it the right way. Engines carry a lot of grease and oil so water isn’t always the best option. This is a safe and effective method that doesn’t use water or require heavy scrubbing.
What You Need:
In order to get started, you’ll want the following items:
- Engine degreaser
- Microfiber cleaning cloths
- Plastic bags
In order to clean your engine effectively, make sure that you start with a cool engine. This means that if you’ve just had the engine running, you should turn it off for at least an hour or two and let it cool off to a normal temperature. If you tried to clean the engine while it was still hot, the formula would likely evaporate and you’d be left with a dirty engine again.
Start by opening the hood of the car and getting rid of any loose debris. You’d be amazed at what you can find under the hood of a car. Twigs, leaves, and more can make their way into an engine. If you have a car that hasn’t been used in a while, you might find the odd animal nest inside. Get rid of any debris before you get started for easier cleaning.
Cover Delicate Areas
Any areas of the engine that are prone to damage should be covered by plastic bags and wrapped securely. Even though you’re not using water, the degreaser could still cause some damage to these components. The air intake and any electrical components should be wrapped well.
Use the Degreaser
Now that you’re ready to get started, use the bottle of degreaser to spray down the surface. depending on the amount of debris and gunk that’s built up in the engine, you should allow at least a minute or longer for it to work. Read the directions on the degreaser as it may have more specific instructions. If you want to know when this has been effective, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down an area and see if it wipes clean.
Once the degreaser has done its job, you should then use the microfiber or similar cloths to wipe down the engine. If you run into any built-up areas, apply a small amount of degreaser to that area and let it sit for a little longer.
Finally, this is an optional last step but if you want to add a little shine to the engine, you can grab one of your favorite protectants and apply it to the engine using a microfiber cloth. You should avoid spraying this directly on the surface as it may splatter.
Now that you’ve got a clean engine, you can enjoy how it looks and runs. Knowing how to clean your car’s engine is fairly simple and shouldn’t take much time.