September11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19 Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
I had my car oil changed this past weekend. After I left the oil change place, I took a look at my car engine. And it was dusty. I guess they don't have the time to clean all people's car engines!
But, I wondered what folks at oil change place think of my engine's appearance.
So I decided to "polish" my car engine area this evening - just to give an impression on oil change place folks next time I go there. I wish I had taken a picture of my car engine area prior to cleaning it.
Last Saturday, I bought this stuff (and towels for car cleaning) at an Auto Zone store, not far from my home:
2 days later (this evening), I found the time to clean my car engine area. I opened my car hood for the 2nd time this weekend -- I told myself this, "Sure enough my engine looked dirty, better start cleaning now". I used car engine cleaner with towel and proceeded - I basically wiped most parts.
Now my car engine area looks brighter (but I am not done, I will clean again later on this week to make it even look brighter):
Under my car hood was in serious need of dusting so I clean wiped it with car engine cleaner (foam was foamy and easy to spread with towel). You could tell I missed some areas (lol):
Now, my car engine area looks whole lot better. I guess I should keep cleaning it on monthly basis. I think it does help my car engine last longer. Here is one of the towels I used to clean my car engine area (yes, it looks dirty):
Hope you like my little storytelling - and that someone will do what I did today.
That thin layer of sludge actually protects the engine.
I agree...engines are supposed to be dirty. Cleaning it once a month is crazy. A layer of oil can help protect it even by displacing water. Not only that but some areas are supposed to have oil/grease on them. Harsh Cleaners might even damage some plastic/rubber parts, or even the paint/primer.
The exterior body work, you need to wash and clean that at least once a month properly to protect against corrosion. Don't waste your time on the engine though.
I think it does help my car engine last longer.
No, it won't, it'll have the opposite effect possibly. The oil keeps the water out (and chemicals)
Good servicing (Changing the oil and anti-freeze regularly) will make it last longer. Also driving carefully.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12094 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1444 times:
Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 9): I'm always afraid to clean mine.. I never know if the gunk is keeping a leak clogged.
I spent a long time under our car a few days ago scrubbing the drive shafts beautifully clean. There was oil leaking from somewhere, my neighbour thought it might be a seal on the shaft so I cleaned it all down and sure enough, there is oil back there again - leaking out of the seal.
Don't bother with the rest of the engine, as other have said, there is no point when nobody is going to see it and most modern cars have too many plastic components anyway.
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