Detailing your engine bay on the cheap!

in diy •  3 months ago 

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Since I forgot the coin I was going to write about tonight, I'll show you what else I've been up to lately. Usually in the spring I try to clean up my fleet of vehicles. It's been so warm out lately I got a jump on things before winter.

Today I'll show you how to detail your engine bay for under $20, no special tools and very little water. Most people are afraid to clean their engines because of all the electronics. You won't need to powerwash or spray water anywhere on your engine electronics.


Tool List

First up we need to gather the tools we'll be using. Most all of the stuff on this list can be bought at any Dollar Store or Big Box Store. Here are the 3 main things you will need.

First we need MicroFiber Towels- Depending on how dirty your engine is, you may want to buy extra. Buy Towels here

Next we need Engine Degreaser- There are many different kind to choose from. Gunk is what I've been using for years. (Note to California residents. You will die immediately if you use this product per the warning labels) Buy Gunk here

Them some Paint Brushes- These will get destroyed, so the cheaper the better. They work great for getting dirt out of cracks and corners. Buy Brushes here


Other odds and ends to make it easier

Some other small things that will make life easier would be an old spray bottle. This is used to spray the degreaser off when you are done cleaning. You can also buy some engine shine. It's made by Gunk also and will put a protective coating on everything you just cleaned.

Old toothbrushes and small wire brushes also come in very handy if you have some laying around.


Let's get started!!!

This is much easier than you would imagine. Start off by Dry Cleaning everything. By Dry Cleaning I mean wiping everything off with your towel. The paint brushes do a great job for the ribs on your rubber intake boot. Probably looks something like this.

Even before you spray any degreaser on your engine, you should notice it looks much better already. The more Dry Cleaning you do, the easier the rest will be. Once you've removed the majority of dust and grim you can start with the "wet" part of the cleaning.

You can go about this a couple different ways. If you are confident and know what you are looking at you can apply the Degreaser directly to the engine. If you are more cautious because of electronics, you can spray it directly on your towel and wipe everything down. Should you choose this approach, be sure to apply a generous amount to your towel.

The Degreaser will take some time to work. For heavily greased and dirty parts a second and third application may be needed. Any metal parts may need to be cleaned off with a small wire brush. Once all the hoses, plastic and all other exposed parts have been treated you can begin rinsing it all off.

Again this can be done by directly spraying water on the engine or wetting the towel and wiping it down that way.

At this point your engine should be looking pretty nice. You can take it a step further and add the Engine Shine. It's applied the same way as the Degreaser but you don't have to rinse it off. It will put a nice protective coating on everything and make the next clean up mush easier.


Before & After

Here are some Before and After pictures of a couple of my cars. It makes a big difference when trying to sell a car if it has a nice clean engine bay. Also a clean engine is a cooler running engine and a cool engine is a happy engine. Have a look at these beauties!


I hope you enjoyed this article. It took me a while to write it up. Now I'll sit back and wait for my $0.10 LOL. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave them below.

Thanks for checking out my post!!!

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More than halfway there! 🤜💥🤛
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This is an awesome post though @vgholdingsllc, especially if you are selling a car. I don't think a lot of folks realize how much more valuable a sparkly car is than a dirty one, regardless of the mechanical condition.

The last few cars I've sold have been washed, steam cleaned, and detailed by me and I'm am certain I sold them for more (with less waiting) than if I had lest them the dirty messes they were.

LOL. Guess I can't quit my day job yet for full time blogging. 😂🤣😂

It always cracks me up when people post their car/truck for sale. Got a picture of it waist deep in a mudhole and want 10k for it. A clean car sells much faster and with less haggling. Trying to figure out what's on the chopping block next....I'm guessing the Cruze. Just not selling it to Carvana. Those assholes threw me an offer. WTF?!?!?

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Shit! I'm in the market for a third car for the kids. Maybe I should fly out and drive that baby home. Does that car have the factory undercoating? Baaahahahahaha

LMAO! I'm selling this and keeping my 08 Vibe if that tells you anything. Look around for a Pontiac Vibe or Toyota Matrix. You can find them cheap and it's been the best car I've ever owned. Right now it's got 255,000mi and I'd drive it across the country in a heart beat.

Thanks for the tip VG! All the best in 2020 my friend!!

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Good advice. Completely wasted on me though. A jet wash is about as far as I go.

LOL. I just checked out your page @leighscotford. Those races look like a great time! You just gained a new follower. Thanks for stopping by.

good post, cost saving techniques help many and yeahhhh, newsteem
has good and bad like all else, I have stayed on to write but many times been sick of it
I hope Communities keep it up, they are the only reason I am liking things as of late tbh

Thanks @battleaxe! The dealership wanted to charge $200 to clean up the car. I wasn't paying that. Yeah newsteem is....not old steem for sure. Thanks for stopping by!