Posted by James Dudra on February 02, 2014
Cleaning your car's engine can be an intimidating proposition to many car enthusiasts. The delicate parts and electronics just seem ripe for damage. The truth however is that our car's engines are one of the most robust parts of our cars. Just think about the wear and tear they endure on a daily basis! Cleaning your car's engine takes a bit of preparation, time and of course the right products. What makes this how-to a bit different is the fact that we won't be using any water. As you can imagine the engine carries with it lots of grease and oil. Municipalities these days aren't too keen on seeing you dump gallons of untreated water into their waterways, so we thought this article could give you a nice alternative method.
Here's what you'll need for tools and products:
All Purpose Engine Degreaser
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Keep it Cool
Okay before doing anything, make sure your engine is cool to the touch. No matter what product you use, you want to give the cleaning formula time to work on the surface. If you've just come home from a drive, give it an hour or so to cool down. The last thing you want is to spray the formula on and watch it evaporate before you can wipe clean.
Remove Loose Debris
Your next step in preparing the wash your car's engine is to remove any loose debris. You'd be amazed at what can make it's way underneath your hood. Sticks. Leave. Maybe even a little critter or two has made a nest inside (yes this does happen on occasion).
Cover Delicate Parts
Despite the fact that that we're not using water, you'll still want to cover delicate components such as your air intake and any exposed electrical components. Grab your plastic bag and get em wrapped up.
Now that the car's engine has been prepped, it's time to grab your bottle of Engine Degreaser and spray down the surface. Let the formula set for at least 30 seconds to allow the cleaning agents to properly loose up debris. Next, grab your scrub brush and gently agitate each section.
Dry it Down
Once the surface has been scrubbed it's time to take your microfiber towels and wipe dry. Check under hoses to make sure degreaser has not pooled up.
Shine it Up
This last step is optional for those of you who want to add a bit of shine to the plastics and hoses. Grab your favorite protectant and apply via a microfiber cloth. Avoid spraying directly onto the surface due to oversplatter. Your engine will come away looking both cleaned and protected just like the rest of your car.