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How to clean your engine (particularly its exterior side).
Tools / Materials
(See Below for Applicability):
Appropriate engine degreaser (sold in a spray bottle)
Cling plastic wraps (originally for food preservation,
will be used for engine-part preservation, such as Saran Wrap, Glad
Garden hose (hooked up to faucet for water use)
Car wash soap
Mild liquid polisher (for cars)
There are times when you clean the outer side of
your vehicle's body frame for a picture-perfect finish, you may want
to clean your engine so as to restore it to its original immaculate
Caution: When dealing with anything that may be
potentially hot, make sure you take precautions to avoid contact
with it. Additionally, make sure you take the necessary precautions
to protect your body from any harmful degreaser contact.
Cleaning your engine can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
Run your vehicle
for about 10 minutes. This is important to do because the
warmth generated as a result of the engine's running will allow
the engine degreaser to be applied to work more effectively.
After the 10
minutes of running the vehicle on, upon turning it off, open the
hood to proceed to disconnect and remove the battery from the
With the hood
open, disconnect the cable terminals from the battery, loosening
the nuts in the process (with a wrench if need be), starting the
disconnect with the negative (black) cable and then the positive
Take the clamp
off the battery.
the battery from the vehicle tray and out of the vehicle itself;
you may want to use a battery holder for this moving process so
as to avoid dropping and consequently creating a potential
battery leak or other damage.
Locate the air
cleaner and have it removed.
vehicle's carburetor or throttle fuel injection body (including
its air opening part), spark plugs and other exposed connection
points/wires with cling plastic wrap (such as Saran Wrap or Glad
Wrap) so as to protect all of these engine parts from the
harmful exposure to the degreasing agent that would otherwise
vulnerable parts of the engine, continue to prepare for the
application of the degreasing agent, including by reading the
degreasing agent manufacturer's directions and warnings.
the degreasing agent on the engine, making sure to cover with
the spray not only the engine itself in the process, but also
the battery tray, distributor, firewall, fender housings/cages
and the interior side of the hood and its hinges exposed to your
the sprayed-on degreasing agent to "work its magic" for the time
period specified by the degreasing agent manufacturer, use a
garden hose to wash away all of the grease the degreaser was
able to infiltrate and remove on its own; repeat the spray
application of the degreasing agent again should a substantial
amount of the grease remain as opposed to just thin and minute
remnants of the grease being left.
Otherwise, fill a
bucket with water and car wash soap.
rag/cloth into the soap-filled bucket and then use this soapy
rag/cloth to wash away any remnants of the grease left on the
engine, etc., and to ultimately give it a nice, clean wipe.
rag/cloth to apply car polish on the firewall and fender
housings/cages to give it an extra immaculate touch.
Upon all of the
above, remove all previously applied cling plastic wrap.
battery, preferably in the battery holder, back into the
vehicle's newly cleaned battery tray for installation.
Once the battery is in the battery tray,
connect the cable terminals and clamp to the battery (as you
observed they were originally connected with the battery),
making sure you are acutely aware of making the right positive
(red cable) and negative (black cable) connections. Make sure
the connections--the nuts--are snug-tight with your hands and
use a wrench if necessary.
That's how you degrease your engine.
Handyman Zone Team
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