How to Steam Clean Engine to Find Oil Leak
A lot of folks ask me what to do in case of an oil leak. I always answer with this: Time to clean your engine. And the best way to do that is to steam clean it. Here, we will talk about how to easily steam clean engine to find oil leak.
Why Should You Clean Your Engine?
I personally like to regularly clean my engine because oil and grease buildup can seriously damage your car and shorten its life.
Oil on the surface of engines starts to act as a sort of insulator which keeps the motor run hotter than usual. The oil buildup also keeps it from cooling down during normal driving.
Oil and grease buildup also erodes the plastic coating on electrical wires and slowly eats away at the rubber hoses.
So even if you don’t suspect your car to have an oil leak, it’s still better to clean the engine regularly. Once a month is a good start.
If you suspect an oil leak, then cleaning your engine is the first step to detecting the source of the leak.
Things You’ll Need:
- Plastic bags
- Steam cleaner
- Clean rag
- Nylon brush
- Car engine dressing (optional)
How to Steam Clean Engine to Find Oil Leak: 5 Easy Steps
Step 1: The very first thing you need to do is to get your plastic bags and use them to cover the major electrical parts of your engine like the alternator and distribution boxes. This is to protect them from the moisture from steam cleaning.
Step 2: Then fill up the water reservoir of your steam cleaner with water. Wait for around 10 to 20 minutes for it to heat up.
Be sure to read the user manual on how much water should be added and how long you should wait before using it to avoid damaging your steam cleaner.
Step 3: When the steam cleaner is ready, start steam cleaning your engine. You can start wherever you want, but establish a pattern for a smoother workflow.
One of the amazing things about steam cleaning is you can quickly see how it dissolves stubborn grease buildup in no time! And it easily reaches every nook and cranny of your engine.
Step 4: Use a nylon brush to further clean away corners and tough spots on your engine. Some steam cleaners allow you to add a nylon brush at its tip. If yours doesn’t, then you can just buy a separate nylon brush.
A nylon brush is ideal for cleaning an engine since it’s not abrasive, so it won’t damage paints and surfaces of your engine in any way.
Step 5: Grab your clean rag and wipe away the dissolved grease.
Step 6: When you’re done, you can spray a car engine dressing if you want a polished, shiny new look for your engine.
- If you’ve been pressure washing your car engine, now’s a good time to reevaluate it. Pressure washing can cause damages to your engine that can shorten its life in the long run!
- Before using a nylon brush for the first time, always test it on a small area to see if it won’t cause any damage.
- If there’s a super tough greasy area on your engine, spraying a mild degreaser on the spot, coupled with a nylon brush and steam cleaner, should do the trick.
- If this is going to be your first time using your steam cleaner, it’s best to fully understand how it works. Spend time reading and understanding the user manual even if it’s boring!
Steam Clean Your Engine for a Longer Lifespan
Steam cleaning your engine regularly can do wonders for the motor and the overall performance of your car.
If you think you can do it yourself in a safe and effective way, then there’s no need to hire professional steam cleaners. But if you simply don’t have time, then the experts can certainly help.
I hope I helped you out in this short tutorial! I have another one on how to use a steam cleaner in cleaning your upholstery. Be sure to check it out!
Colin Marcelino is a Mechanical Engineer turned online entrepreneur. He sells car washers and any other stuff he finds useful. He also loves music. He is a guitarist on his own rock and roll world.