Step 1: Wait for Your Car’s Engine to Cool Down
Especially when you have just been driving prior to cleaning your car’s engine, you must let it cool down first. You wouldn’t want to get blisters on your hands from a hot engine. A hot engine would also quickly dry out the engine degreaser, not giving it enough time to take effect on the engine’s surfaces.
Step 2: Remove Any Loose Dirt and Debris Found on the Engine
Over time, dirt and debris like leaves, sticks, pebbles, and bugs can accumulate in the engine. You need to remove them before working the degreaser onto the engine. You can get rid of them by using the brush.
Step 3: Protect Delicate Components With a Plastic Bag
It’s always good to take precautions, especially when you’re cleaning an area with delicate components. Even if you’re going to clean the car engine bay without water, you should still try to be cautious and protect the delicate parts in your car’s engine from being damaged by moisture.
There’ll still be moisture from the formula, so you must cover delicate components such as the exposed electrical components and air intake with plastic bags.
Step 4: Apply Engine Degreaser on the Engine and Scrub off the Grease
Once the engine has been protected in the necessary parts, spray the degreaser on the engine, making sure to cover every surface.
Then let the formula sit on the engine for at least a minute to allow it to take effect on the grease and dirt on the engine. After the degreaser takes care of the grease and dirt, it’s time for you to scrub them away from the engine.
Or you may also use the degreasing and cleaning wipes to clean off the grease and dirt from your car’s engine instead of applying a degreaser and scrubbing on your car’s engine. Just use them to wipe the surfaces of the engine clean.
Step 5: Wipe the Engine Dry
With some microfiber cloths, wipe the engine dry, ensuring every part is wiped, and no moisture is left behind. Also, check every section and especially under hoses, for any leftover degreaser. You can also use an air compressor for drying, especially in areas that are hard to reach.
Step 6: Apply a Protectant on the Engine
If you want more than just a clean engine and want to add some shine and a layer of protection to the engine’s plastics and rubbers, you can apply an engine protectant on them. Although engine protectants usually come in a spray bottle, you must not spray protectant directly on the engine to prevent accidental over splatter. Instead, you should apply it with a microfiber towel.
Step 7: Uncover the Delicate Components and Start the Engine
When the engine is finally clean, uncover the components you have covered. Then start the engine to see if it is properly running. This would also help dry out more moisture to get the engine to completely dry.