How to Do Waterless Engine Cleaning?


We have covered the topic of how to clean a car engine with the pressure washer, water hose or many other forms that involve high-pressure water flow. But what if you are not willing to do clean your car engine cleaning with water? Is there any way out? 

Actually, there is good news. There are many products in the market that will let you do waterless engine cleaning is a completely efficient way. You don’t have to expose the sensitive parts of your engine to water and adopt any other relevant risks. 

But don’t be overwhelmed yet. Like we said while ago, there is a number of products to do this task, and each of them involves different ways. To ensure proper cleaning, you must go through the best guide possible. And this post is written on that note. 

Take a break from whatever you are doing, and go through the complete guide. We have made this article as simple as for a beginner. Let’s start- 

What Is Waterless Engine Cleaning?

Cleaning always involves some sort of water in it. Because water is the best solvent in the world, and that property of water will act on the dirt magically. Also, water can loosen up dirt and dust as nothing else can. 

So, why we are worrying about it, and why do we need to clean our car engine without any involvement of water? 

Here is the catch-

A car engine is a composite mechanical and electrical machine. There are hundreds of electrical wires, ports, and junctions available. No matter you turned down the ignition key off or not, these objects are still vulnerable to water. 

So, we have been up there to seek some alternative way that asks for no water but execute the complete cleaning process safely. And finally, we have got it right away. 

Here are the steps of cleaning a car engine without any water- 

Steps on How to Do Waterless Engine Cleaning

Items You Need

We won’t need any kind of water hose or any kind of pressure washer to go. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t need anything at all. Here is the list of items that you need to grab- 

  1. vacuum cleaner or air compressor
  2. clean cloth -toothbrush or paint brush
  3. bucket of water
  4. Soap
  5. spray bottle with water
  6. plastic protectant/conditioner
  7. rubber gloves

Step 1: 

Remove the loose debris that is around the engine area of the car. You can take the help of your hands for microparticles. In case they are not possible to grab them by fingers, you might use an air compressor or vacuum cleaner. 

The way air compressor or a vacuum cleaner work is completely different. One sucks air in and the dust and particles as well. On the other hand, other devices deliver the flow of compressed air. 

Either way, that should be sufficient to take out the debris and macro-sized particles out of the nooks and corners of the car engine. 

In case some of the debris is stuck in some corner, you can use a soft brush to get done with it. 

Step 2: 

At this step, we will take a dump cloth and run it on the places where there is visible dirt. Although it does involve some sort of liquid,  that’s not the water flow that we’re afraid of. It’s just a wet cloth, which has no chance to get in touch with the electric parts of the car engine. 

Make a solution of soapy water and make that dilute by adding water. Now take something as soft as a fiber cloth and soak that into the water solution. 

Now mark the corners and other places which contain oil, grease buildup and dust, and start grabbing those areas with the water. While rubbing, don’t put excessive pressure, as that’s not recommended at all. 

Step 3: 

By step 2, you should be done with the grease or oil buildup. And now there are some residues left onto the engine areas. For that, you need to have a water sprayer. 

While choosing the water sprayer, don’t choose one that has a massive opening. It will spread out the water splashes and occur the same problem that we are afraid of. 

Step 4: 

With the spray, make the greasy spaces a bit wet, and take a soft, dry cloth to take that residue away. Once you do that with all of the nooks and corners, you should have a clean and clear car engine area.

For some hard to reach spots, there should be a brush in your hand that will loosen up the residue and dirt. 

Step 5: 

We are almost at the end of the process of cleaning a car engine without any water. At this stage, you need to ensure the proper drying of the engine parts of the car. 

You can go through two steps here. One is to let the engine parts dry up itself by staying in an area where there is an abundance of airflow. But this will take at least 6 hours to dry every single part of the engine. 

Or you can use a hot air blower device. They are often like air compressors, but some cheaper versions are driven by motor power. 

Step 6: 

Once done, assemble the car engine parts and start the engine with the ignition key. You should be able to see the engine working just fine. 

Bottom Line

The process of cleaning car engine waterless is quite simple. But you have seen that there are some steps where are not using any water actually. But there are some wet processes that we can’t help recalling. 

In case you are too afraid to deal with this wet processing, you might put plastic made protectors on the delicate parts of the engine and continue with the rest of the process. 

In case you are the first time into this process, we would suggest you take help from a professional. See you in the next post! 

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