Cleaning car’s engine is important to keep it operating at its best. That is why you need to keep it in good shape all the time. You need to clean it regularly to avoid damage that can affect engine operation.

Remember that in doing engine cleaning you need to have a good place to work it. This should not be done in your yard. The grease and the degreaser are harmful to the environment and will kill your grass.

The things you need when doing engine cleaning: engine degreaser, water, and rags

The first thing you need to do is to protect the electrical parts. Cover the distributor with plastic because this part is usually having wires coming off it and going to the spark plugs. There are some vehicles with no wires because they have a coil sitting on top of each spark plug. You need to cover these parts because if this gets wet, you will not be able to start your car for quite a while. You may even short the computer. Also you need to cover the sensors. You may not be able to find them all, but many of the sensors are not bothered by a little water. The sensors MAP or MAF located in the air intake should also be protected from water.

After covering the electrical parts, you can now spray the walls of the engine compartment and the bottom of the block with an engine degreaser. Then when you are rinsing the compartment, you need to do it carefully. Do not splash water on the top of the engine. Again with the use of a degreaser sprayed on the rag, start going over the top parts of the engine. You might have to scrub vigorously, depending on the amount of grease. But the top of the engine is normally just grimed up with dust and dirt and should easily come clean.

After you applied ample amount of degreaser on the engine parts, use a clean rag, soak it and squeeze out excess water. Don’t forget to wipe up the degreaser from the previous step. If you still have a lot of grease on your engine, go over the steps again. You can scrub some spots with stubborn grease again and again until such time that it is completely gone. You may use an abrasive sponge, but be careful not to scratch your engine. Warning: Do not use abrasives on chrome.

Then the last thing you need to do is to inspect the engine assembly if there are spots which needs to be cleaned; carefully remove the covers in the electrical parts. You need to test you engine after cleaning it. See the difference of a clean engine when operating. You’ll surely experience great performance!

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 doityourself.com and the ehow.com 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.