Cleaning your engine is just as important as cleaning the rest of your car, and contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to be a mechanic to do it yourself! Skip a trip to the mechanic and clean your own car engine with these 12 easy steps.
Move Your Car
Cleaning your car engine can be a messy business and you don’t want all of that sludge entering municipal storm drains. Relocate your car to a spot that will prevent this from happening. Your local car wash is a good option, as it will have an industrial drain designed to handle heavy oils and other engine sludge.
Protect Electrical Components
Before beginning the cleaning process, protect the electrical components of your engine by covering them with plastic bags or plastic wrap. You don’t want water to infiltrate these components as it can severely inhibit their performance.
Protect Air Intake and Carburetor
If you have an older car, you will want to cover the air intake and carburetor components of your engine with a heavy plastic tarp or aluminum foil. It is a good idea to tape this wrap in place to prevent water infiltration.
Using a toothbrush or small stiff-bristle brush, remove loose dirt and debris from all engine surfaces.
Mix Cleaning Solution
Mix approximately two cups of liquid dish detergent with one gallon of water. You want this cleaning solution to cut the grease on your engine, so make sure you use a strong detergent.
Jack it up
In order to effectively clean all of your engine elements, you will need to access the undercarriage of your car. Jack your car up, making sure that it is well supported.
Clean the Engine
Clean every aspect of the engine using your cleaning brush and solution, scrubbing thoroughly. You will want to clean the underside of the engine first to avoid getting dripped on.
Now it’s time to rinse your engine thoroughly. Using a garden hose can be quite effective.
Consult Your Manual
You may need special cleaning materials to clean the engine block and other metal parts of your engine. Heavy grease may also require extra-strength solutions, such as mineral spirits, Simple Green® or engine de-greaser. Make sure to consult your owner’s manual before using these materials.
After cleaning the metal components of your engine, you will want to rinse them thoroughly. Once they are rinsed, remove the protective plastic wrap.
Remove and dispose of all protective wrapping material.
Rev that Engine
Start your engine to dry any remaining moisture and listen to the purr of a clean machine!
Next time you think about visiting your mechanic, consider priming your own engine with these simple steps! Follow us for all of your heavy equipment and construction needs.