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How to Perform a Car Engine Wash

30 November 2015, 14:46

How to Perform a Car Engine Wash

Cleaning your engine may seem a daunting task but with the right materials and time it is a worthwhile task in helping to keep your engine working to the best of its ability.

Regular cleaning reduces the risk of corrosion on your engine but only if done correctly.

Cleaning your engine takes planning and preparation and it is best to research online for instructions and tips for your specific make and model of car.


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It is important to research what cleaning materials are best suited for your engine type and to ensure that follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on any cleaning material you are using.

  • Ensure that your car is parked in a location where the water and soap etc that will run off your car will not cause damage or access any drains. It is extremely important to ensure that the waste water and waste products from your engine wash are collected and are disposed off responsibly.
  • Your car motor should be cold before you start washing it.
  • Remove the negative and positive terminal cables on your battery.
  • Cover your air intake with plastic wrap or a plastic bag. It is extremely important that water does not flood your air intake.
  • Remove any loose dirt or debris on your engine with a stiff bristle or plastic bristle brush.
  • Apply and brush your cleaning solution onto your engine, wetting the dirtiest areas thoroughly and ensuring that you agitate all dirt and debris.
  • If required, use a de-greaser to clean any areas of stubborn grease left on metal areas of your engine.
  • Thoroughly rinse your engine using clean cold water, ensuring that all the cleaning solution is rinsed off.
  • Once your engine has been thoroughly rinsed, allow it to air-dry or towel dry thoroughly.
  • Remove any plastic wrap or plastic bag that is covering electrical components and air intake.
  • Reattach your terminal cables to your battery.
  • Dispose of your waste water and any other waste products responsibly.


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