How to Clean Your Engine

Are you tired of looking at the gunk and grease that has collected on your car’s engine? Have you spent both money and time cleaning every inch of your vehicle’s chassis, only to find what’s under the hood to be tremendously dirty? That’s a shame, really, but this article is the answer to your frustrations, as we have a simple guide to clean your engine, just like you do with the rest of your car. Follow these easy instructions, and you’ll be driving with a sparkling new engine in no time.

  • To start, you must buy the necessary cleaner, for getting even the grimiest of sludge from your engine area. Spray engine cleaners are excellent as you can spray it specific areas, allowing for any and all grime to be cleaned up easily. Once you have the cleaner, make sure you have a hose and spray nozzle ready, with plenty of available water for cleaning and rinsing.
  • Next, you will want to prepare any electrical areas, such as the battery or fuse box, by covering them with a plastic bag or plastic sheeting. Make sure to tape the plastic down, or ensure that it is snug, so that no water can enter the electrics of your car. Jack up the car if you plan on cleaning under the engine, such as the oil pan, front differential, and transmission pan.
  • After prepping your vehicle’s electrics, it’s time to clean your engine. If the plastic is correctly covering all the vulnerable parts, you can spray engine cleaner liberally about the engine bay, including hoses, wire harnesses, cylinder head, valve covers, transmission, focusing especially on areas with more grime buildup. You will notice the cleaning effect begin almost instantly, but there are still more steps to ensuring a pristine engine bay.
  • Go ahead and let the engine cleaner sit for a couple of minutes. Then, use the water hose and spray down the whole area. If you have a pressure washer, that will be even better, but be sure not to get too close, as you can actually cause damage.
  • Lastly, after rinsing off the whole engine, take the plastic off the electrical components, trying to keep all the excess water from getting in or on them. When the plastic has been removed, go ahead and start your engine. You want to let the car sit and get hot, so that all residual water dissipates and doesn’t find its way into the electric pieces within the engine bay.

Knowing how to clean your engine and engine bay area makes for a pretty satisfying DIY project. Getting your hands dirty and getting your engine clean can make sure you have the exterior, interior, and the oft-forgotten engine area ultra-shiny. If you like showing off the details of your favorite joyrider, then simply go through these steps and find yourself a sparkling engine to be proud of.

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