Cleaning and detailing your engine bay is a significant step
since it restores the value of your vehicle. Though most people don’t do it,
having the engine compartment cleaned can ease the process of identifying any
engine issues. Vehicle experts and mechanics know that a tidy engine shows a
great impression of a well-maintained car. People who care about maintaining
their engine bay clean makes the mechanics do their work perfectly since they
enjoy working a clean engine.
The long journey of vehicle perfection begins with the
process of detailing of the engine. Polishing of the aluminum parts, adding
chrome and painting the key parts are some enhancements to make the process
attractive. Therefore, choose your design, make it your own and enjoy. Engine
cleaning is a task that takes at most one hour and can be done twice annually.
The cleaning task involves the removal of dirt by scrubbing, applying of grease
and oil to prevent deterioration and corrosion thus restoring beauty.
However, there are four basic tips you can follow to have
your car detailed;
a) Remove loose dirt and debris
b) Protecting the electrical components
c) Removing grease and cleaning
d) Protecting and beautifying
You need to do away with the debris that collects under the
hood, vents, grille, nooks, and crannies. Use compressed air to remove any
stuck tree leaf debris. However, a gentle hand brush can also help. Also,
starting the engine and allowing it to warm for at least three minutes will
loosen the excess grease in your engine.
Ensure that the engine environment is entirely waterproof by
covering all parts that can collect water easily by the use of a plastic bag
and wrap them with an elastic rubber. This will ensure that your engine will
not get wet by preventing a lot of water entering the engine parts.
After protecting the delicate areas and warming of the
engine, proceed and apply the engine degreaser. The use of harsh
petroleum-based cleaners is not advisable especially in the engine bay since
they tear down the vinyl and rubber elements. Start applying the greaser from
the lower parts top regions when detailing the engine. The degreaser will
remove the wax from the painted areas of the car, therefore, re-waxing the
The cleaner is soaked on the engine for three or five
minutes, and it is not allowed to dry. Use a lot of water in the engine bay and
be care careful not to uncover the covered parts if you want to remove the
degreaser, allow the engine to dry for some time naturally before wiping it off
with a towel. Uncover all the covered
areas as the heat produced by the engine will help to speed the drying process.
Let the engine run for some time after drying.
Finally, you need to apply a coat of engine oil for
protection. You can use the detailing spray to add protection and the shinning
intensity to the painted engine parts. Clean off the excess paint by using a
clean piece of cloth.