- Remove any debris or cobwebs from the engine.
- Let the engine run for a few minutes to warm it up. Turn it off before cleaning.
- Cover electrical components with plastic.
- Spray the engine with degreaser and leave for a few minutes.
- Wash the engine and the rest of the car with water.
- Wipe off the water and wax any parts of the body touched by degreaser.
The engine might not be the first place you think of washing when cleaning your car but there are benefits to learning how to wash a car engine at home, both to cut costs and to keep your car purring smoothly. Learn how to make your engine bay look good and how to stay safe while cleaning your car engine with these tips.
Why should you wash a car engine?
You might not think it matters too much or you might be put off by the electrics involved, but the advantages of washing a car engine are manifold:
- Keep your motor running. Your engine will run better when it’s in good shape. That includes keeping it clean.
- Are you being serviced? A mechanic may service a well looked-after car better than one that looks like the owner’s never noticed the engine is there.
- Get more buck for your bang. A clean car sells more easily and stands a better chance of selling at a good price than a dirty one.
- Keep the rust-ic look away. By cleaning your engine and engine bay regularly you’ll keep rust from forming and damaging it.
How to wash a car engine at home
There are a few crucial steps to learning how to wash a car engine at home, which you’ll want to adhere to as electrics are involved. This method should have you cruising in style before you can say “all good under the hood.” Remember to wear protective clothing and to work in a well-ventilated area.
You will need:
- Protective clothing
- Plastic covering (sturdy plastic bags will do)
- Commercial degreaser
- A stiff-bristled brush
- A garden hose
- Two buckets of water
- Three cloths (one damp and two dry)
- One sponge (for the body of the car)
How to wash engine parts
There’s more to learning how to clean your engine bay than just the engine itself. Take a look at our tips below to get the details on your engine as clean as the rest of the engine bay.
- Plastic parts: engine covers, reservoir caps, and other plastic parts of your engine can be cleaned with a sponge and a stiff-bristled nylon brush. Use a degreasing agent such as degreaser or car wash soap then rinse them with water and dry with a cloth.
- Battery: battery acid can often lead to corrosion on the battery terminals. To get rid of this, remove the cables and scrub the battery terminals with a wire brush until the rust has been replaced with bright and shining metal. You can use a paste made from water and baking soda to remove any leaked battery acid when you’re brushing – wipe the paste off with a cloth once you’re done.
By now, these tips on how to make your engine bay look good will have left your car looking great both inside and out. Time to take your ride for a spin!