Engine Clean-up: Top 3 Things You Need To Know

Posted by Laura LaFond on

 

Whether you’re preparing your car to put it up for sale or simply looking for something to do on a lazy weekend, it is important to keep the car cleaned up all the time. If you don’t want to cringe at the sight of the car engine when you open up the hood, a little do-it-yourself cleaning will make a huge difference in the world. How do you clean-up the car engine? What do you need to know?

 

Step 1: Choose the right cleaning products.

 

With the variety of good car cleaning products in the market, how do you know that you’re using the right one? The budget you have set for yourself in buying these products can help cut down the list of options. Then, thoroughly read through the product labels. Make sure that you buy the ones that have been specifically made for your car engine. Buying the ones based on their packaging or for the sole reason that they are cheap is not going to do you a lot of good. It might just be another product investment put to waste.


Step 2: Remove the cables that connect the engine to the battery.

 

Why do you have to disconnect the cables first? This is to prevent your engine from experiencing a short circuit. When such happens, the battery could release an enormous amount of energy in the process and that could not be good for your battery, the car and yourself. Once the circuit connection has been broken, it is important to remove the positive cable and set it aside. Then, you may begin your engine clean-up.

 

Step 3: Clean the battery tray.

 

Corrosion may not be limited to the cables that connect the battery to the rest of the engine. Corrosion can happen to battery trays too; thus, they need to be clean up once in a while. Loosen the bolt and remove the hold using a clamp. Such screws may break during the process and may need to be replaced. Make sure to prepare the back-up screw. Also, don’t use an open flame to heat the screw up to loosen it, especially when it is near the battery as it could cause it to flame up

 

Car engine cleaning is not going to be easy, but it is something you could truly enjoy. Be prepared for the worst by keeping these three steps in mind.


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