How and Why Should You Clean Your Car’s Engine Bay
If you are one of those self-confessed, die-hard, and true-blue car lovers, apart from the smooth gorgeous exteriors, there’s nothing more eye candy than a shiny and gleaming engine of a new car. You can easily tell a brand new one just by looking at its engine, right?
Being in the cash for cars and car removal Melbourne industry for more than two decades, we have come to thinking, why are there car drivers and/or owners who religiously clean their car’s exteriors and interiors but choose to neglect cleaning their engine bays? Sure, they have them fixed but they rarely think of having it cleaned. If detox and cleansing are needed for human internal organs, what more for an engine that’s purely mechanical?
Apart from making it look great, here are some of the reasons why it is also important for your car’s engine and engine bay to be cleaned:
- Makes it easier for you to spot engine problems, especially leaks
- Helps you maintain a higher resale value
- Removes all kinds of debris (just like salt) that would cause corrosion
- Prevent the buildup of combustible debris and materials (like small leaves)
- Helps prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime in the engine’s ‘hot spots’ or places that are sensitive and more prone to wear (like filters)
- Helps your engine cool more efficiently
Back in the day, maybe decades ago, the preferred method for cleaning car engines is by steam cleaning. But because of recent technologies and changes in car manufacturing, that won’t be applicable to today’s cars anymore.
What’s the best time to clean it? It’s best to get it done right before having a car wash. If you live (and drive usually) in the city, it is recommended that you clean your engine and engine bay 1-2 times a year. But if you live near the sea or in a place where there are often harsh weather conditions, it is advised that you do it every 2-3 months.
What are the thing you need?
- Drip pan or large absorbent pads
- Bucket and water hose
- Plastic Bag
- Car Cleaning gloves or mitts
- Engine degreaser
- Microfiber towels
- Car wash brush and soap
- Plastic/Metal Polish (optional)
Now here’s the step-by-step guide on how you can succeed a DIY car engine and engine bay cleaning project:
Step 1: Pop up your hood and let it cool down for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Place the absorbent pads and drip pans underneath.
Step 2: If you have a plastic bag, cover your battery. If not, you may disconnect or loosen the bolt of the negative terminal of the battery. Then securely tuck the ground cable to the side. Also cover the alternator, electronic components, and exposed wiring with plastic.
Step 3: Spray a liberal amount of engine degreaser. Don’t be afraid to go heavy on the degreaser especially on the nastiest parts of your engine. (Just make sure it won’t go to the painted parts of your car!) Let it sit for about 1-3 minutes to make sure all the grit and grime will be lifted. Rinse with low pressure water and then repeat until you remove all the accumulated dirt and oil. If after rinsing, there are still some hard-to-remove debris, it’s time to use your car washing brush.
Step 4: To make sure the cleanliness of your engine, finish by cleaning it just like how you clean the car’s body. Brush some water and car soap mixture onto your car engine bay.
Step 5: Rinse everything with low pressure water and dry with microfiber cloths. If you have the time and material, you may wipe some polish to the engine’s metal and plastic parts for it to look nice and shiny.
While it’s true that only you and your trusted mechanic would be able to see and appreciate your spotless engine and engine bay, take refuge in the fact that because it helps avoid leaks, premature wear, and other engine problems, doing this kind of cleaning consistently is so worth it!
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