Shiny: How to Clean Your Engine Bay

The most important part of the car rarely gets the detailing attention it deserves, but cleaning the engine bay is easier than you might think. And when things are looking good under the hood, it’s easier to spot a problem if something goes wrong.

The process for this video is pretty simple. For light grime, start with an all-purpose cleaner, or use a heavy-duty degreaser for a deeper clean. Dilute the cleaner to the recommended concentration in a spray bottle. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Spray down the engine bay and let the suds work their magic for a few minutes. Use a stiff brush to work any stubborn grit loose. Then rinse the engine bay thoroughly with a hose. Wipe down all the visible water to prevent water spots, and blow compressed air to dry out the nooks and crannies. Once that’s all done, spray and wipe the hoses and wires with a vinyl and rubber cleaner. Then, find a Cars and Coffee where you can proudly display your car with the hood up.

Products Highlighted:

  • D101 Detailer All Purpose Cleaner
  • D108 Detailer Super Degreaser
  • Generic Spray Bottle
  • M40 Mirror Glaze Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner & Conditioner