For a newby like me in the tips and tricks in the world of cars, its hard on my part to keep my car clean and in shape that is why, I’m always relying on the net to find tips on how to keep my car in shape. Like cleaning the engine compartment, thank God I have find sites that provides tips on how to do this like the and the where I usually look for tips.

Cleaning engine compartment should be done regularly to avoid engine parts to deteriorate due to accumulated dirt and corrosive elements. Here are some steps on how to clean your car’s engine compartment.

Needed: Garden hose, engine cleaning products ( any desired product you usually use) , plastic bags, aluminum foil,rubber bands, baking soda, small paint brush and scraper

Do the Following step, then Presto! You have a clean compartment in no time!

  • Let the engine cool off. REMEMBER: An engine should only be warm enough to soften grease and other dirt for easier removal.
  • Use plastic bags and aluminum foil to cover air intakes, air filters, oil dipstick, breather caps, distributors, coils and electronic black boxes to protect them from water spray. Seal with rubber bands. Masking tape can come loose when hit with water, and plastic tape can be hard to remove when wet.
  • Clean the battery and its cables of corrosion with a baking soda solution and water. REMEMBER: Be careful no corrosive battery acid is sprayed around the engine compartment or onto the body. Make sure none of the solution gets into the battery, where it can degrade the electrolyte.
  • Spray on engine cleaner according to instructions on the container. Start at the bottom and work upward. Use a small paint brush to loosen dirt and a scraper for stubborn crud. REMEMBER: Be careful not to damage components or wiring.
  • Let the degreaser sit for a few minutes to do its job. Spray the engine thoroughly with a garden hose. A BIG CHECK! A high pressure spray works best. Repeat on any areas needing more thorough cleaning.
  • Remove the aluminum foil and plastic bags. Dry puddles and run engine until any moisture is dry.
  • Look for any rust or bare metal in the engine compartment. Repair rust and refinish with a paint product that can withstand high temperatures.
  • After driving the vehicle for a few days, check for oil, fuel, coolant, automatic transmission or other fluid leaks.

DON’Ts and Warnings

Make sure cleaning products you use are environmentally friendly. You might also do the cleaning at a self-serve car wash since it can handle the greasy run off.

Do-it-yourself engine cleaning may not be satisfactory if the engine compartment is extremely dirty. You might need a professional steam cleaning.