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10/31/2020
The best thing you can do for your vehicle is to clean it and give it frequent maintenance.  One thing people forget to do is to clean their engine. Cleaning your engine can help the different components work better. Learn some steps to help you clean your engine by reading this article that USA Synthetics has for you.

As a car owner, your vehicle is surely one of your prized possessions. We know that having a clean and shiny vehicle is one of the best feelings. Giving your vehicle maintenance is just as important. The best way to ensure your vehicle is in top condition is by giving your engine a good clean. If you want to learn about this topic as well as some steps on how to clean your engine thoroughly, read this article that USA Synthetics has for you today.

Cool the Engine

If the car was previously running, start by lifting the hood up for at least 15 to 20 minutes. The engine needs to cool done as hot engine components can burn you. Additionally, hot engine components can get damaged by rapid contraction if you spray them with cool water. Later in the process, you will need to cover electrical parts of the engine with plastic, which can melt if your engine is still hot. While you wait for your engine to cool, start gathering all the materials and products you will need to clean your engine.

Remove Plastic Covers

After letting the engine cool down, it’s time to remove any plastic covers. You can scrub plastic covers separately. Now, think about what you prefer to do with your battery. Many people like to remove the battery in order to clean the engine. However, removing the battery is not vital. What is vital, is to remove the negative terminal from the battery. This step helps ensure the electrical components don’t get damaged in the case of getting wet.

Learn more by speaking with a professional at USA Synthetics. Ask about products like AMSOIL's Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil that will protect your engine. For information on the benefits of a synthetic oil change in Oklahoma City, OK, call (405) 388-6170.

Cover Electrical Components

Now it’s time to cover any sensitive electrical components. This is to ensure that nothing gets damaged while you are rinsing. Take some small plastic bags and wrap them around the ignition wires, the battery, and, the engine unit, the exposed engine air take under the hood, the spark plugs, etc. Some people like to skip this step and be extra careful when rinsing instead. However, we recommend not skipping this step as it will make the job easier overall.

Degrease the Engine

To begin the degreasing process, take your degreaser of choice. There are purpose-made engine degreasers but using a household degreaser like a kitchen cleaner can work as well. Spray the entire engine compartment with degreaser. Spray every inch of the compartment, from top to bottom to ensure you remove as much grease as possible. Be careful not to spray any degreaser on your paint as degreaser can remove the shine from automotive paint.

For more advice on how to clean your engine, speak with an expert at USA Synthetics. Learn about amazing AMSOIL products and ask about the benefits of a synthetic oil change in Oklahoma City, OK. For more information, visit the online store or call (405) 388-6170 today.

Scrub off the Dirt

With the degreaser still soaking on the engine, take a small brush with synthetic bristles and start scrubbing the engine. Target any area that has traces of caked-on oil or dirt. It is normal for engines to have deposits of grease and grime. They should all be easily removed thanks to the degreaser. We recommend you wear gloves and eye protection to avoid getting any dirt or degreaser on your eyes or skin. This is also to prevent prolonged contact with the degreaser on the skin.

Rinse the Engine

The best thing you can use to rinse your engine is a power hose. Avoid using a high-pressure hose to do this task as it can penetrate the plastic you used to cover the sensitive electrical components. Rinse the entire engine compartment starting from the back and working your way to the front. Make sure to wash away all the dirt and the remaining degreaser. If you notice that your engine is still dirty, spray more degreaser and repeat the process.

Dry the Engine

Wipe every part of your engine with a rag or a towel. If you have compressed air available to you, using it to dry is a great idea. Make sure to dry the hard to reach places and nooks in your engine. Take some time to look for any remaining dirt and grime and remove it along your drying process.

Keep Your Engine Protected by Giving It a Synthetic Oil Change in Oklahoma City, OK

Speak with an expert at USA Synthetics and learn how to give your vehicle maintenance. Learn about amazing products like AMSOIL's Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil. Ask about the benefits of a synthetic oil change in Oklahoma City, OK, by visiting the online store or calling (405) 388-6170.
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