After several thousands of miles, your car engine begins to have small fluid leaks: engine oil, brake fluid… These leaks spread gradually and dirt begin to adhere to the fatty parts of the engine. Without regular engine cleaning and detailing, some of those leaks can damage the paint, plastic and rubber of your vehicle. The batteries can also cause problems. Battery acid leaks are very corrosive for painted surfaces.
Cleaning a motor is a long, delicate and difficult operation that requires specific equipment and supplies. A clean engine is not necessarily a guarantee of reliability. However, when selling a car, a clean engine leaves a better impression. As our customers ask for more Car Engine Detailing, we wanted to give you some insights on how it is done and notably tell you more about the three primary methods used to provide such service.
Using Engine Grease Remover
Start cleaning the compartment by generously applying degreaser everywhere, even on what seems not particularly dirty. Spray the interior wall (behind the engine compartment), internal wings, radiator and all around the engine. Don’t forget the frame parts exposed in the engine compartment.In general, engine degreasers work best if not allowed to dry thoroughly before rinsing.
Using a long wooden stiff brush, rub the different part of the Engine compartment to have the degreaser penetrate well. Since you probably use powerful degreasers during your engine cleaning session, cover the wings and windshield, or wash these surfaces after cleaning the engine compartment. Indeed, the grease remover and dirt that will leak during the engine cleaning can damage the paint, if not removed promptly.
Engine cleaning pressure washer
When you detail your car, you can simply wash your engine with soap and water. Indeed, water jet may be sufficient when detailing your engine. However, if dirt and grime resist to the cleaning, more drastic measures are needed.
Never forget to wear plastic gloves and eye protection while detailing your car engine.
First, start by degreasing the different parts of your engine. Chemical Engine degreasers are available in any auto car detailing store. Most ovens degreasers can eliminate fat deposits in your engine, and the majority of domestic liquid cleaners or bombs can often work as substitute
On very dirty engines, deposits break off easily with a pressure washer. You can rent these kinds of equipment and go to some self-service car wash to do it to preserve your driveway.
Of course, any mobile auto detailer will have the necessary equipment to clean perfectly your engine in case you prefer asking a professional to do it for you. Bear in mind that if you go wrong about detailing your engine, you could damage it.
Some detailers provide engine detailing using waterless products. However, engine cleaning is the only car cleaning service for which waterless methods can be less efficient. If you have never detailed your engine in years for example, it is very likely that you have grease and dirt very embedded in your engine compartment. In that case, you will need water to soften these materials and remove those efficiently.
Steam Engine Cleaning
A good way to have your engine fully cleaned is to use a cleaning spray with pressurized hot water and solvent. However, you can also use steam. It is highly efficient to remove grease and dirt deposits on charred engines or gearboxes. For many car detailers, the steam cleaning is the starting point of a full car detailing. The steam cleaning deeply cleanses your engine and prevent your car paint and bodywork from being damaged by fluids leaks.
However, engine steam cleaning can damage your vehicle paint or painted engine accessories, especially if the paint is already peeling due to age, exposure to chemicals or heat. It can also damage the rubber parts if you go wrong about it. That’s why most professional car detailers will advise you to do such operations on the side of a full car detailing with at least a full car wax and clay bar treatment.
Moisture is another problem associated with pressure washing and steam cleaning. It can cause ignition issues. It is essential to protect critical components against moisture during engine cleaning, whatever the washing method employed – jet, pressure washing or steam. The pressurized water or steam can penetrate the distributor cap and other components that you think are completely waterproof. After a steam bath, the motor may start, but run poorly or even not start at all. So be sure to have clean rags or microfiber towels with you to keep dry the engine parts, protect the coil, distributor, carburetor or throttle body, and all the vehicle alarm module. Use those precautions especially if you have an old car.
Use extra precautions
It is essential that you use a lot of precautions when doing an engine cleaning. If you have never done car detailing before, it’s best to have someone show you the first time notably for all the safety measures that need to be taken.
First remove the superficial dirt. Having covered or protected critical components, remove the larger fat deposits. Do not use a screwdriver because any sharp objects will scratch the surface and remove the paint. Look closely in the interstices and places where dirt accumulates easily. The more dirt you remove the less you have to use grease remover.
Be careful to hot Engine!
Most of the time, it is best not to clean a hot engine. Some car detailing enthusiasts like cleaning a hot engine because heat accelerates the effect of chemicals on the dirt. But components that are normally hot, such as the exhaust manifold (and the turbo, if you have one) may crack if they suddenly suffer from a cold water bath while they are still hot. Again, on a hot engine, the solvents evaporate (and will risk ignite). If you clean the pressurized jet, let the engine cool before you start.
Where can I find a good detailer to do an Engine Car Detailing?
It may be hard to find a gooddetailer to provide a full engine car detailing. Indeed, Engine cleaning is a high-end service not all car detailers are able to do. Corner car washes can clean your engine but may drown it and prevent your car from starting right after being washed.
To have an engine detailing, it’s preferable to ask a professional detailer. You may want to try a mobile car detailer that will come at your place and have the liberty of spending as much time as needed on your vehicle. Of course, all Washos detailers are able to provide you with this service as our network is only composed of well-established companies.