Cars, Trucks and Other Vehicles
How to Clean an Engine in a Modern Way
Some people especially those who are not car enthusiasts do not see cleaning a car’s engine as a need. There will be particular reasons why you should clean them. Here is one reason, since all engine compartments are getting smaller and smaller nowadays, they concentrate grease and heat closely to the adjacent parts like wires and other plastic tools. Thus, they are prone to cracks when left unclean. Be reminded all the time that car parts are expensive.
In this article, you will know how to properly clean your engine.
First, you need to wear latex gloves to protect your skin from the harsh car fluids. Proper clothing should be worn to prevent your clothes from acquiring big time car stains. Be sure that this is not your first time in tinkering with the interiors of your car to prevent any unwanted damages. If this is your first time, you can have someone with you to facilitate the cleaning.
When you open the hood, inspect and clean the foreign particles you see (leaves, pine needles, and dead squirrels) that were trapped in the vents or grills. Then, start the car and let it warm up for a few seconds before driving it. In warming the engine, see to it that it is not too hot (to the point that you can no longer withstand touching the engine). If the air filter is seen open or has a small opening, cover it with a rubber band.
With the advent of technology, cars this time have sealed coil coverings and ignition modules. However, by time, its seal will be brittle. If your car is more than five years, consider your coil packs be covered by an aluminum foil or ignition module before cleaning.
Now, spray the engine with a liberal amount of cleaner (citrus-based). Though, acid-based ones are available in the market, some people find it too harsh for use. Do not allow your cleaners to touch any exterior part of your vehicle as this would remove wax that is present.
Let a total auto wash stay in the engine for 3 minutes. Using your car brush (E-Z Detail Brush) let it get through all the nooks and crannies. Then, rinse out the car’s engine with a medium-pressure set garden hose.
Get back to your hood and inspect again for spots. If you notice one again, spray it with Total Auto Wash and rinse. Let it dry with the use of your motorcycle blower. If you do not have one, you can use any cloth for wiping. Before closing the hood, see to it that you have removed the rubber bands you have used for covering earlier. Allow the car to stay in place for five to ten minutes.
After all parts have dried, you may apply a dressing over the hose and wires for added protection. Then, wipe off the excess wax or dressing.
Finally, if your engine has a silver metal lining, you can use a Blackfire Spray Cleaner as this spray wax would allow your engine to sparkle as soon as you start the vehicle.
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