In this article, we will learn you step by step how to clean your engine compartment, the engine of your car as a detailing pro.
Why wash the engine first?
You may have noticed it, but often the engine is the first part of the vehicle to be cleaned during a complete car wash.
It’s very simple and logical when you wash your engine, water, dirt and products are inevitably vaporized on the windshield, paint, wheels, parchoc.
Wash car paint Then the engine would returned to dirt on the paint and take the risk of adding elements that could create striped microphones on the bodywork, which is counterproductive.
Precautions before cleaning an engine
Before cleaning your engine, check that the latter is cold or lukewarm. If the engine is hot, start with the interior of the vehicle for 30 minutes, then return to the engine.
Steps of a Pro Detailing Pro Cleaning:
Remove dirt from hand
There are always leaves, earth, or other in the corners of a motor compartment, near the windshield wiper, AIT entrance zones, etc.
Remove these dirt in hand as long as they are dry, it’s much easier than when the earth in contact with water becomes muddy.
You can use an air compressor or blower, if you have one.
Protecting your car electronics
Before moving from the water on your engine, protect the electronic / electrical parts with aluminum paper or plastic bags.
Alternators, battery, air filter, fuse box, etc. Are parts of the engine that are interesting to cover. This is an additional precaution.
You can also surround your oil level rod by Scotch (Masking Tape) to guarantee that no drop will enter anywhere.
Sprinkle the engine
Now that sensitive parts are protected, you can start washing itself.
Do not try to apply pressure with your water supply or Karcher, the goal is to wet the different parts of the engine compartment. Rinse!
Clean the engine elements
Immediately after rinsed the engine, enter your brush brush, your toothbrush, rim brush or other brush to clean and shake dirt in order to take off.
CAUTION: When using your All Purpose Cleaner or Degreaser cleanser product, do not let it dry!
Do not forget that by principle the engine part is always a little hotter and so that evaporation is a little faster than you might think it, then rinse the parts of the engine again and under the hood if it starts to dry too fast.
By finally rinsing, enjoy it to verify that you have not forgotten parts of the engine. If so, start with your brushes and cleaning product.
Be careful to rinse the parchoc, the front lights and the wheel extensors, because often engine dirt jumps on other parts of the car during rinsing.
In addition, do not wash the engine or more generally the car in full sun.
Dry the engine
Now that grease and dirt are parties, use compressed air or our darling the master blaster to quickly dry the engine parts, or a simple microfiber cloth dedicated to the motor washing and drying in the open air .
Gently remove plastics or aluminum leaves and continue wiping by hand using your microfiber cloth (used only for the engine).
Demare the engine
Before going further in the washing of your car, start the engine for 2 to 3 minutes, to make sure everything works well, which makes it possible to quickly mount the engine temperature and thus accelerate greatly. evaporation of the remaining water.
Feed and pose plastics
The goal here is to give back to black plastics that have become gray an original black, deeper.
Apply nourishing product for plastic or tire product to a foam buffer and make a massage of all plastic areas.
Beyond color, it will also protect plastics in the future and make the next washes easier.
Wipe the surplus with a microfiber napkin dedicated to the engine.