Fort Collins and Longmont Auto Repair



Fort Collins - Webster
Fort Collins - Riverside
Longmont - 20th Ave
Loveland - N. Garfield Ave
Loveland - Topaz Drive

A Sparkling Engine Bay: How to Properly Maintain and Clean Your Car's Heart

While many car owners focus on keeping the exterior of their vehicles clean and shiny, keeping everything maintained under the hood is equally important. The engine bay is the heart of your car, and proper care and cleaning are crucial for its longevity and optimal performance. Wondering how you can achieve this? Simply follow these seven steps and the results will ensure a long-lasting and good-looking engine bay.

Safety First: Preparation is Key

Before you begin, ensure your engine is cool to the touch to prevent burns. Park your vehicle in a well-ventilated area and cover sensitive components such as the alternator, fuse box, and exposed wiring with plastic bags or waterproof covers. Disconnect the battery or cover the terminals to avoid electrical mishaps.

Start with Dry Cleaning

Begin by removing loose debris and dirt from the engine bay. Use a soft-bristled brush or compressed air to gently brush away dust, leaves, and dirt from the surfaces. Pay close attention to crevices and hard-to-reach areas, ensuring you remove as much loose debris as possible.

Pro Tip: If things are very messy, use a leaf blower or vacuum!

Degrease and Deep Clean

To remove stubborn grease, oil, and grime, use an engine degreaser (or some WD-40). Spray the degreaser onto the engine surfaces, focusing on the dirtiest areas. Allow the degreaser to penetrate for a few minutes, then use a brush to agitate the grime. Be careful around sensitive components, avoiding excessive scrubbing or spraying directly onto electrical connections.

Rinse and Repeat

Once the degreaser has had time to work its magic, use a gentle stream of water or a low-pressure hose to rinse off the engine bay. Ensure that water doesn't enter sensitive components, such as the air intake or electrical connections. Take your time to thoroughly rinse away any remaining degreaser and dirt.

Pro Tip: Don't spray water in the intake or air filter. The inside of the engine getting wet is rare, but it's better to be safe than sorry!

Drying and Finishing Touches

After rinsing, use clean microfiber towels or an air compressor to dry the engine bay. Ensure all surfaces are completely dry before proceeding. Once dry, you can apply a plastic or rubber protectant to hoses, belts, and other rubber components to prevent cracking and deterioration.

Inspect and Maintain

While cleaning, take the opportunity to inspect the engine bay for any signs of damage or worn-out parts. Check for loose or damaged hoses, worn belts, and any leaks. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and maintain the health of your engine.

Keep in mind that after you get the belts wet, a sound might occur while driving but don't worry because it will disappear soon. If it doesn't go away, contact a mechanic!

Routine Maintenance Is Also Important!

If you want to give your vehicle the care it deserves, outside of a good clean, visit us at BG Automotive! Our team will be happy to help out with any major or minor repairs!

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