If you are buying a used car or have already bought a used car, there are a few things that you can do in order to ensure that you keep that used car running smoothly for years to come. First, you should bring your used car in for regular checkups with our service department, which may be covered by your warranty. Next, you should keep sure that the engine or your used car stays as clean as possible.
Understand the Importance of a Clean Engine
A clean engine can not only increase the resale value of your car, if you ever consider reselling your car, but it is also a great way to keep an eye out for leaks and other service issues. Therefore, cleaning the engine of the used car doesn't just keep it looking nice, but it can increase the value and decrease your need for unpredicted service.
How to clean your car engine:
Always make sure that you keep out excess debris from the hood, grill and vent opening of your car. These are especially common during the fall.
Make sure that when you clean you engine, the engine is warm, but not hot. When the engine is warm, the grease and other materials will be looser on the car, making it easier to remove them.
When using water to clean the engine, make sure that you cover all of the engine sensors, such as the spark plug, distributor, and other electrical devices. Water can get into these areas and cause them to short out. You may be able to cover them well with plastic bags and rubber bands.
An engine degreaser is a great agent that will help to remove the grease from your engine parts. However, using a degreaser too regularly can cause the rubber to break down, especially if it is a petroleum-based degreaser. Therefore, keep an eye out for citrus-based degreasers. Citrus-based degreasers may require a little more elbow work than petroleum based degreasers, but they are worth it. Also, apply the degreaser from the bottom-up.
When using a degreaser, be sure that you allow it to soak into the engine components for 3-5 minutes. However, the degreaser should not dry on the engine.
Remove the degreaser with a brush and water. Contact us today to learn more about how to clean the engine of you used car to keep it running smoothly and for years to come.