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7 Steps to Cleaning Your Car Engine

Steps to Cleaning Your Car EngineIt is the most vital part of your car. It’s your car’s heart. Have you thought about cleaning your engine? Learn how and why you should clean your car’s engine. 

Let’s be honest, with routine car detailing, many of us will keep our car’s exterior spick and span while forsaking the most important part of our car—the engine.


 


Why Should I Clean My Car Engine?

Besides cosmetic reasons, there are plenty reason why you should keep your engine clean. One reason is to remove grease and grime from the engine. Your engine will obviously work better and last longer if it wasn’t carrying a load…of grease and grime. In addition, grease and grime can keep your car hotter than it has to be. Therefore, cleaning your car’s engine will help keep it running cooler. Also, grease and grime makes it harder to identify leaks and other forms of wear and tear. Cleaning the engine will immediately pin point those areas in need of maintenance.

How Often Should I Clean My Car Engine?

The environment you drive your vehicle in determines how often you should clean it. If you drive in the city, your engine shouldn’t be cleaned any more than once or twice a year, depending on how dirty your engine appears. If you drive in harsh conditions (heavy rain and snow), your car engine should be cleaned every 2-3 months, specifically in winter months.

Can Cleaning Your Car Engine Damage Parts?

Yes, cleaning your engine can damage parts, if done inappropriately. Before you clean your engine, PLEASE cover all sensitive spots with foil or plastic bags. This includes all electronic components, the distributor, carburetor and the air intake systems. Also, DO NOT pressure-wash your engine, or you run the risk of damaging it.

How To Clean & Degrease Your Car Engine?

Follow these 8 steps to avoid damaging your engine:

Wiping Car Engine

  1. Cool. Make sure the engine is cool and off.
  2. Cover. Cover sensitive spots with foil or plastic (distributor, electronic components, carburetor & air intake systems).
  3. Seal. Seal PCV valves and vacuum lines.
  4. Spray. Spray Zep Engine Degreaser. Avoid spraying on car paint.
  5. Brush & Soak. Brush any thick residue. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Rinse. NEVER START ENGINE UNTIL IT’S COMPLETELY RINSED.
  7. Run. Let your engine run idle for 15 mins. 


So, remember to cool, cover, seal, spray, brush, soak, rinse and run. Have questions? Email us at automotive@zep.com.

Cleaning Engine Infographic