The engine is the most vital part of your car and that’s why it is called the Heart of your car. If you have ever thought of cleaning your own car and save some money from car wash service then you can easily do it and make a world of difference.
Why Should I Clean My Engine?
You might have a quest that why should you clean the engine? Well, there are plenty reasons behind it. One reason is to clean all grease, leaves, grass and debris properly to reduce extra load from your engine and keep it cooler. Contrary to popular belief or whatever myth there is, engines don’t need dirt or oil on them to work properly. The more the engine is cleaner the more efficient it would be. If there are any leaks or another kind of damage, grease and grime make it harder to identify that. If you clean your own engine you can pin point those areas in need of proper maintenance.
Take the Safety Cautions First:
If you are cleaning your car engine remember to disconnect the battery. Another thing is never spraying water directly into the engine to avoid blowing fuses or other damages. Because water conducts electricity and it’s better to wrap electrical components like alternator and distributor with plastic bag or tape. You may choose to disconnect the positive terminals or if you leave the battery in the vehicle, tuck the ground cable aside and prevent it from coming contact with the terminal. Don’t forget to wear eye protector glasses and hand gloves to protect your eyes and hands from any kind of damages.
How Degreasers Work:
You can choose any brand of degreaser as they pretty much work the same. It is better to spray the degreaser from the bottom up on the engine to ensure total coverage. Be careful about over sparing degreaser as it can remove the shine from automotive paint. But if you get any degreaser accidentally on painted areas then rinse it off as soon as possible.
Engine degreasers work by eating away the stuck on grime or oil on the engine. Two to three minutes is enough to loosen up the stuck on grease and oil but it can take a couple of more minutes more if your engine is extremely dirty. In this case, it would be wise to follow the instruction of the bottle.
Brushes to Rinse the Grease:
To scrub away any large deposits of grease, burned oil or grime you can use stiff bristled or steel toothed brush. You can also use a soft nylon brush to clean more stuck on areas but you have to make sure that the degreaser does not dry out.
Choose the Effective Hose Pipe:
Now you can start power washing your car. Do not use the high-pressure hose to rinse the engine. A regular garden hose will rinse the engine more efficient and remove most of the dirt. After rinsing the engine if you still think it’s dirty you can go through the whole process again but don keeps the degreaser more than a few minutes. When you are done rinsing the engine immediately start washing the car so that if there is any degreaser stuck on any painted area you can wash it down before any damage happens.
Now you can allow the engine to dry in the air and u can wipe the car surface with dry cloth or foams. Finally start the engine and keep it on for 10 minutes to check if it’s okay or not. If something unusual happens don’t panic, give it some time and check again.
If you are a conscious car owner you have to take care of how often you have to clean your car engine. Though it depends on the environment or the place you are driving in, your engine should not be cleaned any more than once or twice a year. If you drive in heavy rain or snow your engine should be cleaned in every 2-3 months. If you are not confident enough to take so much risk with your all-important vehicle, you must see a car service center for having a safe and sound engine cleaning.