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10/31/2020
Are you looking for ways to ensure your vehicle has a long lifespan? Giving your car frequent maintenance is vital to ensure it is in top condition. One thing you can do is to clean your engine from time to time. Learn how to do so by reading this article by Synthetic Solutions in Zebulon, NC.

Have you ever cleaned your engine? Having a clean and shiny car is surely one of the best feelings. The best way to ensure your vehicle has a long lifespan is by giving it frequent maintenance. Luckily, there are maintenance tasks you can do by yourself. Cleaning your engine is one of them. Learn more about this topic and the steps you should follow to have a clean engine by reading this article by Synthetic Solutions.

Cool off the Engine

Before you start cleaning your engine is vital to ensure it has the right temperature. If your engine is hot, lift the hood up for about 15 minutes to let it cool down. Working on a hot engine can be detrimental. Also, later down the process, you will need to cover several parts with plastic. Doing so with a hot engine can lead the plastic to melt. Finally, spraying cool water on hot engine parts can damage them due to rapid contraction.

Remove Plastic Covers

After letting your engine cool down, remove any plastic covers. After doing so, think about what you want to do with the battery. Some people like to remove the battery before they clean the engine. However, you can skip this step. You can perfectly clean your engine without having to remove the battery. Nonetheless, you need to remove the battery's negative terminal to prevent any electrical component from getting damaged.

For advice on how to ensure your vehicle is in top condition, speak with a professional at Synthetic Solutions. Learn about products that will keep your engine protected like AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil. For information about the benefits of a synthetic oil change in Zebulon, NC, call (888) 450-2658.

Cover Electrical Components

It’s time to cover any sensitive electrical components. Take some small plastic bags and cover elements like the spark plugs, the battery, the ignition wires, the exposed air intake under the hood, the engine unit, etc. Many people like to avoid this step and prefer to be extra careful when cleaning instead. However, we recommend not to skip this step. Not covering the electrical components can lead them to get damaged.

Degrease the Engine

To clean your engine, there are purpose-made engine degreasers you can use to degrease your engine. However, using a household degreaser like a kitchen cleaner can work just as perfectly. Start spraying the degreaser throughout the entire engine compartment. Start from the top and work your way down to the bottom. Ensure to stay all nooks and hard to reach spots. Be careful not to spray degreaser on your paint as degreaser tends to remove automotive parts' shine.

For more advice on how to clean your vehicle, speak with an expert at Synthetic Solutions. Learn about amazing AMSOIL products and about the benefits of a synthetic oil change in Zebulon, NC. For more information, visit the online store or call (888) 450-2658.

Scrub off the Dirt

After spraying degreaser all over your engine, scrub all the dirt your engine has. The best way to do so is to use a small brush with synthetic bristles. Target any area that has dirt, grime, caked-on oil, oil deposits, etc. This should be an easy thing to do thanks to the degreaser. If you notice grime or dirt that won’t come off, spray more degreaser on. We recommend to were eye gear and gloves to avoid prolonged contact with the degreaser on your skin.

Rinse the Engine

Rinse your engine by using a normal power hose. Avoid using a high-pressure hose to rinse as doing so can lead water to penetrate the plastic you used to cover the sensitive electrical components. Start rinsing from the bag and slowly work your way to the from. Rinse all nooks and hard to reach places. If you notice any dirt left, spray more degreaser, and repeat this process. Avoid leaving any dirt and grime.

Dry the Engine

To begin the last step of this cleaning process, take a rag or a towel, and start wiping every part of your engine. If you have the chance, use compressed air too dry. Make an effort to dry even the nooks and hard to reach places of your engine. If you notice any remaining dirt or grime, make sure to remove it completely.

Keep Your Engine Protected by Giving It a Synthetic Oil Change in Zebulon, NC

For more advice on cleaning your engine, get in contact with a professional at Synthetic Solutions. Learn about amazing products for your engine like AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil. For information on the benefits of a synthetic oil change in Zebulon, NC, visit the online store or call (888) 450-2658.
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