The idea for this article came about when my friend decided to sell his 10-year-old car. So, he asked me to check the car like I was the buyer and asked me if it was worth the price. I found it pretty well-maintained except for the engine.
We checked the engine block and found that it needed cleaning. So I suggested he either take it to an auto shop to have it cleaned or clean it himself.
Since he has the knowledge and skills, he opted to clean it himself. And I would like to share with you tips on how to clean engine block should you be faced with the same situation. Here are a 15-minute video to give you an idea of how it goes.
What is an Engine Block?
Before we get started, it is important to know what the engine block is. Engine blocks, also known as cylinder blocks, are large casings in your car which are either made of cast iron or aluminum.
The engine block houses the cylinder and other internal components such as the intake manifold, exhaust manifold, coolant passages, crankcases among others.
Over time, sludge, dirt, oil, and coolant build up on the engine block and affect how the internal components work.
Materials and Tools You Will Need
As you prepare to clean your engine block, make sure that you have all the equipment and tools readily available for a hassle-free process. You will need the following:
Steps on How to Clean Engine Block
Before you proceed to clean the engine block, you have to dismantle it from your car safely. If you don’t have the necessary skills and knowledge to do this, ask an expert or a car mechanic to do this for you.
Removing the engine block requires you to drain fluid such as the coolant and disconnecting hoses such as exhaust pipes. Here is a step-by-step article and video of how to remove the engine block.
Benefits of Keeping the Engine Block Clean
The engine block houses necessary internal components in your car so it is crucial to keep them clean all the time. This will also be beneficial if you need to sell your car. Here are other benefits of keeping the engine block clean:
Prevents rust and corrosionPrevents elements from getting into the internal components that could also cause them to corrodePrevents deposits from getting into your car’s fluidsBetter mileage and fuel efficiency
That’s about it. When I was watching my friend doing the above steps, it looks tiring, and you really need to set time for it. But well, it was totally worth it. I also noticed that the engine runs more smoothly other than it looks good as new.
If I were the buyer, I would definitely purchase his car without a second thought.
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