Cleaning Your Car Engine

by Harry Johnson in Guides

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Your car engine will works better if it is clean. But cleaning an engine is not the same as cleaning the body. Here some guides and tips for you to know when you want to clean car engine. Warm up the engine slightly. Do not get the engine to operating temperature, but enable it to run for a moment or therefore if it’s heavily soiled.

Move the car to a space where the soap and material cleaned off will not cause injury or enter a storm drain. If you do not have access to the appropriate location, take the vehicle to a car wash with an industrial waste-water treatment system. This is necessary if there is a ton of oil and sludge residue on the engine. Remove the negative terminal cable on the battery then the positive.

Cover any exposed electrical elements with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. This will protect the electrical elements of the car from being exposed to water. Protect the breather or air intake and carburetor on older engines with heavy aluminum foil or plastic. You may choose to tape or tie this in place, since water can cause serious issues if allowed into this area. Brush any loose dirt or debris from the engine surfaces, either using a stiff bristle paint brush, or a plastic bristle cleaning brush.

Mix a solution of “grease cutting” dish detergent and water, using concerning 2 cups detergent to 1 gallon water. Brush your solution on the engine, working it into the dirtiest areas, wetting them thoroughly. Get a garden hose. Totally rinse the engine.

Consult the vehicle’s service manual and look up material that will be required to wash the engine block and other metal components. For heavy grease, you may must use a solvent like mineral spirits, however [easyazon-link asin=”B00186TAJC”]engine de-greaser[/easyazon-link], on the market at automotive provide stores would be better. A household de-greaser like Simple Green might additionally be effective. Be sure to follow the instructions on the container. Remove plastic once rinsing engine and cleaning away residue of no matter chemical that you used to scrub the metal parts.

Let the engine dry. Most engines with high energy ignitions can run with the plug wires (and distributor) wet, but may misfire or run “rough” till these parts dry out fully. Remove all the materials you used to cover electrical and fuel system components.

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