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How to Clean a Car Engine

The engine is one of the most important part’s in your vehicle. That’s why it’s imperative to take care of it including cleaning it from time to time. Cleaning your engine is easy and can be done in your own driveway in less than an hour.

For the DIYers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Mechanicsburg, we at Fred Beans have put together this helpful step-by-step guide to cleaning your engine. Read ahead to get started!

Step-by-Steps Instructions

  1. First, get your engine ready for cleaning. Using compressed air or just your hands, remove any debris that could be stuck in the hood, in the grill, or in any of your engines vent openings. Once debris is removed, you’ll want to cover any part of the engine that can’t get wet including spark plugs, exposed wiring, sensors, and the distributor.
  2. Next, you’ll want to loosen any grease that has accumulated in and on your engine by starting the car and letting the engine run for about ten minutes. This will also help with the next step of the cleaning process.
  3. Now, you’ll apply engine degreaser. Apply a water- or citrus-based cleaner to every part of your engine while carefully avoiding the fenders, the hood, and the grille. Let this degreaser sit for three to five minutes depending on how dirty your engine is.
  4. After the degreaser has soaked for long enough, it’s time to break out the hose. Using a regular hose rather than a high-pressure hose, you’ll hose down the engine to remove all of the degreaser and built-up grease that the degreaser soaked off.
  5. Once you get all the grease and degreaser off, you have one more step to take – drying. Don’t let it air dry. Use a microfiber towel to dry off the engine.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Engine

Cleaning your engine every year or two can beneficial in a number of ways. The first reason is it can help keep your engine’s parts in better shape for longer. Built up oil and grease can wear down important parts made of plastic and rubber and cause them to need replacing. Cleaning that build-up off solves that problem.

Cleaning your engine can also help you spot potential oil leaks that you probably otherwise wouldn’t notice until it becomes a major problem. For example, if you get under the hood to clean your engine and notice that there’s an exceptional amount of built-up oil around your valve-cover gasket, this could indicate that there’s a leak there that needs fixed.

One last benefit of cleaning your engine is purely aesthetic. If you’re trying to sell or trade in your car, having a clean engine could potentially earn you more in your sale or trade.

Need Some Help?

As you can see, cleaning your engine is not only easy but lucrative in keeping things in ship shape. However, if you still have questions or need some help with the cleaning process, we at Fred Beans are happy to help. Drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Mecha


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