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Advantages and Disadvantages of Steam Cleaning your Car Engine

Disadvantage and advantage of clean enginePeople always debate whether a car engine has to be steam cleaned or not and there are both pros and cons for doing so. One important thing to remember under this circumstance is that steam cleaning is not a recommended option for all kinds of automotive engines and it entirely depends on the owner’s choice to go with this cleaning methodology or not. Most of the car owners however suggest that steam cleaning the car engine is important as it helps to provide a clean engine in contrast to the one that is covered with grime and grease. In order to understand if steam cleaning your car engine is important or not, let us consider the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

Advantages of Steam Cleaning Car Engines

  1. When you perform steam cleaning on your car engine, it reduces the incidence of engine fire significantly.
  2. Steam cleaning car engines has been known to extend the overall life of the car engine.
  3. Through this process, the source of any types of fluid leaks can be identified. Also, the steam cleaner helps in restoring the appearance of the engine once the fluid leaks have been fixed.

Disadvantages of Steam Cleaning Car Engines

  1. Electric Control Systems: The electronic engine controls can be easily damaged through hot water and high pressure steam. There is a high risk of these types of components being exposed to water, if you do not use steam in the correct way.
  2. Ignition System: A car’s ignition system is composed of ignition coils, cables and the spark plugs and all these components are quite sensitive to water. If these components get damaged during steam cleaning, then you need to spend money on replacing each of them.
  3. Air-Intake System: An automobile air intake system has three main parts: air filter, mass flow sensor, and throttle body. This system is generally resistant to steam cleaning. Ductwork can get disconnected by high pressure steam, which can then let water into the engine.

Pressure washers have been known to be strong equipments for cleaning car engines as they can effectively clean hard-to-reach surfaces and corners. However, this type of equipment may not be as eco-friendly as the electrical ones. Cleaning car engines by hand is considered to be a safe option as it helps in effective cleaning without running any additional fears of ruining any parts of the car. One must take in consideration that it is a very time-consuming and elaborate process and before performing this one must have prior experience of dealing with cars and car engines.

If you have any doubts regarding performing steam cleaning on your car engine, you can ask your professional detailer for help. You can also consider booking an appointment with us if you would like to steam clean on your car engine.

4 Responses to “Advantages and Disadvantages of Steam Cleaning your Car Engine”

  1. Jim Grossman says:

    What do you charge to steam clean a 2006 Sunaru Impreza engine? How do you protect the electrical? Where do you do this service and when can u do it?

  2. […] When it comes to truck cleaning and detailing, the engine is perhaps the most neglected component. But if you need your truck to function at its best, a gunk, oil and grime free engine is a necessity. Steam cleaning the truck engine has both pros and cons, and for certain engine types, steam cleaning is not an option. Therefore before deciding on whether to use this method or not, let’s weigh the pros and cons. […]

  3. Liberty Baldovino says:

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for dropping by. Here’s our response to your queries:
    What do we charge: How we wish you have attached a photo of your engine so we can give you a proper assessment. We charge according to a variety of factors, such as the ones listed here:,
    How we protect the electrical:
    We are mobile so we can do engine detailing anytime, anywhere. The only thing that may stop us from doing so is if your location is not covered by any of our franchisees.

  4. […] Check it out. If you are overdue for a tune-up, do it now, before the first potential buyer sees that you are behind on normal maintenance, which could indicate unforeseen mechanical problems down the road. Change the oil and air filters, windshield wiper blades, check battery connections, even change the battery if it has needed a jump start once too often. If what’s under the hood is super grimy, have the engine steam-cleaned by a pro who is less likely to short-circuit the electrical wiring, recommends Detail Experts. […]

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