Detailing Under The Hood of Your Car

You keep the outside of your car waxed and polished, but what about cleaning under the hood?  Similar to the process of having your car detailed, you can have the moving parts of your car cleaned as well.  What is the point of having a mechanic clean something you will never see?  In general, this is an auto maintenance routine that improves the performance of your vehicle.  It is also a great way to troubleshoot problems before they become costly repairs.

Why is it important to keep your car engine area clean?

The area where the engine, radiator and other vehicle parts reside is called the engine bay.  These days, most cars have computers in the engine bay and that area needs to be kept clean.  In particular, a badly corroded wire can mean that you have a check engine sensor that comes on for no good reason.  To keep the wire harnesses in place and the wire connectors working optimally, cleaning the engine bay is essential.

When to clean under the hood

If you are in a situation where your car needs to work hard, there is a chance that having the parts under the hood cleaned will be important.  For example, if you are driving in a dusty or sandy environment, these substances can cake on oily machinery in your car and cause corrosion.  Driving during extremely cold temperatures can cause salts used to de-ice the roads to build up under the hood in places that disrupt normal car performance.  You will also want to get the working parts of your car cleaned if you get stuck in the mud and have organic solids spray into the engine area.

Why you need a professional under the hood cleaner

Cleaning under the hood of your car is dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.  Having a professional mechanic take care of this type of cleaning will prevent chemical spills, steam burns, and damaging parts.  Trained mechanics know whether to clean something with water, a wire brush, or a specific chemical.  For example, if you spray a high-pressure steam hose into car engine area, you can disrupt the electrical system of the car.  You may also need to keep certain areas of the car engine area wrapped in plastic while work is being performed.

Get your engine bay serviced with us!

At Leavitt’s Auto Care, we are full-service professionals with experience you will come to depend on.  With transparent pricing, you will know exactly what you are paying for before the repair is done.  To ask us questions about engine bay servicing or any other mechanic service, contact us today.