How to clean your engine bay
What is the best way to clean your engine bay?
In this post, we’re going to cover a topic that often strikes fear in the hearts of lots of us detailing our own cars at home, cleaning your engine bay.
These days, doing a proper cleaning on most current engine bays isn’t nearly as daunting as it used to be.
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Follow the simple steps below to clean your engine bay.
- Make sure your engine is cool to the touch, you don't want to start spraying water on a hot engine. If you have just finished driving, wait about 30 minutes for it to cool down.
- Cover any electronics, fuses, or air intakes with plastic bags, garbage bags or zip lock bags.
- Do a quick vacuum of any loose debris that accumulates in the engine bay, the bottom of the windscreen, and other areas.
- Do a light rinse to help knock off as much dirt as possible which will help get everything ready to be cleaned.
- Once you have done the light rinse, spray a good amount of All-Purpose Cleaner over the whole area, the dirtier the engine, the more you will need to spray. Stay away from saturating the electronic connections just to be careful.
- Let the APC sit and penetrate on the engine for a few minutes, this will loosen the grime.
- Now you can use your brush, start with the least dirty areas first, the save the dirtier spots until last.
- Once you have scrubbed everything, get your hose or water pressure cleaner and do a very light rinse, avoiding the electrical areas.
- After this has been done, its time to dry the engine, if you have access to compressed air, or a leaf blower, we recommend this. Otherwise, you can use a basic microfibre towel or your household vacuum if you can set it on reverse.
Your engine bay is now clean! If you want to go a step further, you could apply Tire & Trim Care to help restore the black plastic sections of your engine bay and wipe off any excess.
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