Cleaning the Engine Bay

When you are at a car show, the last thing you want to show off is a bunch of grime. Unfortunately, the engine bay can be the coolest, yet most disgusting part of your car. Here's some tips for shining it up!

Time Required:
Allow about an hour

Tools Needed:

  • Your choice of degreaser: Simple green... engine brite... or the like
  • soft wheel brush
  • Tape
  • Plastic bags
  • Tire shine
  • Rags
  • Quick detailer


    Note: Engine should be cool before starting!
  • First, tape off sensitive electronics with plastic bags. The alternator, fuse box, coil pack and battery are of primary concern.
  • Loosen up dirt with a soft wheel brush.
  • Then, spray down the engine bay with the cleaner of your choice.
  • Gently rinse the engine.
  • Remove plastic and spot-clean those areas without soaking with chemicals or water.
  • Use rags to help dry the engine bay
  • Use Tire shine on another rag to make the plastic and rubber parts under the hood shimmer. Don't apply to sensors or belts.
  • Spot clean painted areas with a quick detailer such as Mother's Showtime or Meguiar's Quik Detailer spray.

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