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Master the Art of Engine Cleaning: 8 Simple Steps for Unleashing Peak Performance

Step by Step

Engine Cleaning

Complete Guide

8 Easy Step to Clean Car Engines

Keeping your car engine clean is essential for maintaining its optimal performance and longevity. A clean engine not only looks great, but it also helps prevent damage caused by dirt and grime buildup. However, engine cleaning can seem intimidating, especially if you’re not familiar with the process. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the steps on how to properly clean a car engine.

Engine Cleaning before - Degresaser for auto detailing
Engine Cleaning after - Degresaser for auto detailing
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Engine Cleaning


Before you begin, it’s important to note that you should never clean a hot engine, as the heat could cause the cleaning products to evaporate too quickly, leaving behind residue. Wait until the engine has cooled down completely before you start.

1st. Step

Protect Sensitive Components

Engine Cleaning

First, cover any sensitive components that could be damaged by water, such as the alternator, distributor, and air intake. You can use plastic bags and tape to cover these parts securely. If you’re not sure which parts to cover, consult your car’s manual or a professional mechanic. It may be wise to disconnect your battery as well.

2nd Step

Remove Loose Debris

Engine Cleaning

Use a medium- to soft-bristled brush or compressed air to remove any loose debris and dirt from the engine bay, such as leave, twigs, and buildup. Be careful not to hit any covered parts or electrical components.

3th Step

Apply Engine Degreaser

Engine Cleaning

MaxShine’s Wheel & Tire Cleaner works double duty with wheels as well as engines. Spray Wheel & Tire Cleaner over the entire engine bay, making sure to cover all areas thoroughly. Let the degreaser sit for a bit, allowing it to penetrate the dirt and grime.

4th Step

Scrub and Rinse

Engine Cleaning

Using a medium- to stiff-bristled detailing brush, gently scrub the engine bay to remove any stubborn dirt and grime.

Be sure to scrub around bolts and tight spaces where dirt can accumulate.

Once you’ve scrubbed the entire engine bay, use a low-pressure hose or a bucket of water to rinse the degreaser and dirt away. Alternatively, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away excess product residue.

5th Step

Dry the Engine

Engine Cleaning

If you rinsed cleaning product from the engine bay, it’s a good idea to dry it after. Use a clean microfiber drying towel, compressed air, or Mini Handheld Dryer to completely dry the engine bay.

*Avoid leaving any standing water, as this can lead to ruse and other damage.

6th Step

Condition the Plastics

Engine Cleaning

Go one step further in your engine detail and revitalize and protect the plastic pieces within the engine bay. Spread MaxShine’s AIO Conditioner on the plastic surfaces, wait for it to absorb, then wipe away excess product. 

Be sure to apply evenly and avoid sensitive areas such as belts, hoses, and electrical components. Conditioning will revitalize old and faded plastic to looker newer again and protect it to keep it looking refreshed longer.

7th Step

Remove Protective Coverings

Engine Cleaning

Remove any protective coverings you placed over sensitive components in step one.

8th Step

Inspect and Start the Engine

Engine Cleaning

After the engine bay has dried completely, inspect it for any missed spots or areas that need further cleaning. Once you’re satisfied with the cleanliness, start the engine and let it run for a few minutes to ensure everything is functioning properly.

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Products You Need to Clean Engines

How to clean an engine?

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In summary, cleaning a car engine doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. With the right tools and techniques, it can be a straightforward process that can help keep your car running smoothly for years to come. Remember to always protect sensitive components, use the right MaxShine detailing products, and avoid cleaning a hot engine. If you’re not confident in your abilities, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional mechanic or detailer.


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