Car Care Tips: Engine Detailing

Car Care Tips: Engine Detailing

The best car takes us to the best places. Cars’ costs are hefty so it should be taken care of. A car will generally cost you thousands, not to mention, the costs of services for the car like the fluids, maintaining the interior and paint, engine maintenance and repair, and replacing the tires. Typically, preferences for choosing a car is its design and color, the type, the size, and of course, the engine. Considering the price and importance, a car engine is quite a pain in the neck every time it encounters problems that could possibly result to accidents. In order to avoid such engine problems, every car user and owner is advised to detail clean their engine bay. Usually, this is done at car repair shops and deeming its significance, would really cost a lot. Every car owner should know that engine detailing is an art that should be performed on a regular basis and done correctly, for any mistake could lead to engine problems, which would require professional help or even make you buy another car.

Many car users expect engine detailing to be complicated and dangerous. They are worried if they are to touch any part it might break and cause the engine to be damaged. Actually, the car engine is more resilient than expected. Engine detailing is typically more or less cleaning the engine compartment and the exterior and applying covering to protect and make the engine look good and organized. If well done and practiced, it may only take up to 45 minutes and should be done every couple of months.

Certain precautions and preparations should be followed before starting. One should bear in mind that safety is the first thing that should be considered in every activity and situation. Be sure to wear and use safety garments and eyewear. Avoid using solvent-based cleaners for it could cause fire. Be extra careful in brushing the delicate engine area. Prepare soapy water on a spray bottle, clean water in a separate spray bottle, sponge or mitt, brushes and car towels for cleaning.

Make sure that the engine is not hot for it could burn one’s skin. It is advisable to start engine detailing in the morning since it has been sitting all over the night; it is expected to be cool. For some, it is suitable to have the engine slightly warm to loosen build-up. Too much warm water will only dry the cleaner, which could leave a mark on the engine surfaces. Cover any exposed filter, the alternator, the engine’s air intake and other water-sensible parts before washing the engine. These areas can be cleaned by hand after cleaning the other parts. Be sure to use enough cleaner and water for it might cause a longer time for drying.

Start at the engine bay’s perimeter. Spray the area with the use of soapy water with a suitable brush especially for hard to reach areas. Clean the flat surfaces with the use of sponge or mitt. After this, thoroughly rinse the area on the underside of the hood followed by the engine compartment with a spray of water.

It is best to start applying cleaner from lower areas going up to avoid dripping. Avoid spraying on painted areas since it will remove the wax from the painted surfaces. Allow the degreaser to stay on the engine for 3 to 5 minutes while avoiding letting it dry. Make sure to apply cleaner on engine hoses and fluid containers because these areas are prone to dirt.

In rinsing off the cleaner, a slightly pressured flow of water is suitable as long as it removes the residue. Those that cannot be removed by water can be wiped off by hand. Have a mitt that is especially designed to wipe on the engine only and not used on the other car parts to avoid contamination. A flexible and chemical-resistant brush can also be used to contact and clean hard-to-reach areas. There is also a specific car engine detailing brushes that would come handy to car users and owners. Brass and steel brushes would scratch and damage the engine surfaces, so it is better to use soft ones.

For the last procedure, be sure that the engine is totally dry. One could use a blower or start the engine and let it run for a few minutes for faster drying. Then, apply a coating to protect the engine. If not available, use a vinyl or rubber solution to coat engine wires, hoses and plastic shields. Wipe all plastic surfaces to remove stains from grease and dirt for a longer protection from heat. For a shine finish, use high-quality car engine detailing sprays so that it will last longer and give protection against dirt and heat. Apply and spray it on all engine surfaces. A clean micro fiber towel will come handy to wipe off excessive waxes and sprays for an excellent finish.

Frequent engine detail cleaning can keep any engine bay looking fresh. A good-conditioned car is something that an owner can be proud of. The best car owner is someone who knows how to take good care of his car.

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