A clean and tidy car not only attracts passer-by but also ensures better performance in the long run. Unfortunately, many car owners only focus on cleaning the exterior body of the car. They do not check how much dirt is accumulating under the hood. It is the engine compartment located under the hood, which should be time cleaned to avoid mechanical and electronics issues. Follow the explained guidelines to clean under the hood of your car.
- Ensure the engine is cold
Do not start washing the car under the hood right after parking it. Wait for at least 30 minutes so that the engine can get cool and then start the cleaning process. You may probably damage engine component if you throw cold water on those components. Wash your car during the morning time if you are cleaning it at home.
- Protect vulnerable parts of your car’s engine
There are many electronics and mechanical components which may get damaged by water. It may require expensive repair work if you do not take precautions. So, first, cover all the vulnerable parts of the engine and then begin the washing process.
- Remove the filters
Filters can easily get ruined when you are washing under the hood of your car. Remove all those filters and put them away from the cleaning area. Take the air intake filter out and also the cabin air filter because both of them are vulnerable to water damage.
- Disconnect your car’s battery connection
Remove cables connecting the battery to your car’s electronics systems. It may cause a short circuit in the vehicle if wash under the hood without removing battery cable. So, first, loosen the nuts of the cable and then take it off to prevent the flow of current.
- Arrange necessary car wash supplies
You will need water, a car wash detergent, a hose, a microfiber cloth, a brush, scrubber, and degreaser to clean your car under the hood. Buy all these supplies from a local auto parts store and arrange them around the car for quick access.
How to clean a car under the hood?
- Spray degreaser
Spray some water on engine components you want to clean and then spray degreaser on non-sensitive areas. Know which are non-sensitive metal components of the engine and then use the degreaser. It will loosen grease from those components, and then you can remove it easily.
- Rinse car’s engine:
Let the degreaser sit for a while and then introduce water to clean it. Rinse down the engine with plain water by using low-pressure water jet. Thus, you will easily remove all the grime, dirt, and remaining degreaser from your car’s engine.
- Clean the engine with soap water mixture:
Soak a sponge in soapy water mixture and then rub it over recently degreased components of the engine. Rub carefully and do not touch covered components to avoid water damage. Now rinse off the whole engine section to remove the remaining dirt.
- Dry off the engine:
Do not start the car until you remove all the water. Take a clean and dry towel and wipe wet engine components. Let the engine dry and then again use a microfiber cloth to clean water drops.
Getting the car into working order
Remove all the protective coverings and clean the covered components with a dry microfiber cloth. Apply protectants to vinyl and rubber parts and reconnect your car’s battery. Now your car is ready to run. That’s how you can clean under the hood section of your car without damaging any water-sensitive component.