How do you clean a car engine without water?

I’ve heard horror stories of cleaning engines with water but know mine needs some work, how do I clean it without water?

You definitely want to avoid rusting, so you’ve come to the right place! Start by pulling together these supplies:
  • Engine cleaner designed for your car
  • Non-metallic bristled brush
  • Plastic bags
  • Tape
  • Towel
  • Compressed air
  • Wet wipes
Now that you have the tools, here are the steps:
  • First, open your hood.
  • Before you start, make sure your engine is cool enough you can touch it.
  • Cover electrical components (especially the fragile ones) with plastic bags and tape.
  • Remove your battery. Although it shouldn’t be at risk, it’s better to be safe.
  • Now, apply cleaner by spraying it on your engine bay, ideally thoroughly coating the area.
  • Allow the cleaner to penetrate the area for about 5 minutes.
  • Then, use a non-metallic bristled brush on the area, working on the grime and dirt built up.
  • Rinse off the area using wet wipes.
  • When done with the wet wipes, carefully remove the plastic bags.
  • Finish by drying the engine with a towel or compressed air.
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Best of luck with the engine!
Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 02, 2021

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