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Engine Bay Cleaning in Ottawa

Make the power plant of your vehicle look better than it ever has.

Maybe it’s been years since you’ve opened the hood or you’re getting ready to sell your vehicle. A clean engine bay is one of the most satisfying things to see and is often neglected. 


Most of the time, we ignore this area since it’s so rare that we need to open the hood on a modern car. However, there are plenty of reasons for having a clean engine. 


If you’ve ever shopped for a used car or tried to sell one, you’ll know that for some reason (although I’m not sure why in most cases!) people will pop the hood and poke their head in to see the engine. 

Now remember the impression you get when you see a brown gunky mess vs deep black plastics and clean metal. The difference is significant! 

Dirty BMW Engine Bay
BMW Engine Bay Cleaning

What’s more is that if you ever do need to look under the hood because you think there may be something wrong, it’s much easier to spot a problem when the engine bay is clean. Oil leaks, worn belts and electrical connections are much easier to spot if you don’t need to whip away a thick covering of grime. Even if you aren’t the type to poke around for an issue, any mechanic who looks at a clean engine bay knows they are dealing with someone who cares about their vehicle. 


Then you have those engines that are meant to be shown off and seen by all. Most high end sports cars consider the engine bay a major part of the design of the vehicle. It’s worth keeping that centerpiece looking best for when you’re ready to show off what’s under the hood. 


The steps for engine bay cleaning include:


  1. Careful inspection for anything that needs to be protected or treated with extra care (especially on vintage vehicles/classic cars).

  2. Cover sensitive areas with bags/towels (such as air intakes or exposed electrical components) to prevent excessive water exposure. 

  3. Clean all areas with degreasers using a variety of brushes to reach all areas. 

  4. Careful rinsing and air drying to ensure no water is left standing anywhere. 

  5. Treatment of plastic and rubber pieces with high quality dressing. 


People are often concerned with causing damage to engine components and so will avoid this task themselves. With proper tools and methods, this becomes extremely unlikely especially on modern engines that are built water tight. I’ve washed many engine bays without ever having an issue. 

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