How to Clean the Engine Compartment

Q: I’m looking to sell my car and want to clean the engine compartment before putting it up for sale. What are the do’s and don’ts?

A: The DO’S – Spray an all purpose cleaner like “Simple Green” on a rag and then wipe down the engine compartment. Do not spray the cleaner directly on engine components. Spray it on the rag and then wipe. Take your time. After everything is clean, use a product like “Armor All” on the rubber and plastic components. The DON’TS – Don’t use a hose or pressure washer to spray the engine. Today’s cars have lots of wires, connectors, and fuse blocks in the engine compartment. Moisture will cause damage to the electrical components.