When it comes to washing your two-wheeler, cleaning the engine plays an important role. After all, the engine of a motorbike is much more exposed to environmental influences than that of a car. There are a few things you should keep in mind when you have noticed that it needs cleaning.
Even if it seems convenient and quick, a high-pressure cleaner has no place in the process of cleaning a motorbike engine. The powerful jet could damage seals, insulation, and ultimately – the electronics. For the same reason, you should also keep away from overly aggressive cleaning agents.
First find out which products are suitable for your bike. We recommend the K2 ARVA C175 Engine Cleaner. After you have found the right products, all you’ll need is water, a sponge, and various brushes. Before you begin, you should first find a suitable washing area – a petrol station, for example. Here you not only have running water, but you can also be certain that the dirty wastewater is disposed of properly and does not end up in the environment.
Before you start, you need to read all the instructions and warnings. There are some cleaners which, if used incorrectly, can cause damage to your motorcycle and also be hazardous to your health. Make sure to wear the right protective gear (gloves, respiratory mask, and safety goggles) when handling the cleaning agents and only work in well-ventilated areas.
What supplies do I need?
In order to properly clean the engine you will need a soft bristle brush and a couple of sponges and microfiber cloths. More than one is always handy, since you don’t want to spend too much time rinsing and re-rinsing. A degreaser product, chrome polish, rubber seal protectant – and of course – plenty of warm soapy water.
First get rid of dirt with the compressed air. You can use a can or tank air compressor. Since some engine parts can be easily damaged by water, it’s important to cover them before cleaning the engine case. Apply the product and let it sit for about 15-30 minutes. You can then wipe it off, making sure to follow the directions on the bottle/can. Normally, you’ll have to spray it off with a hose but make sure the pressure level isn’t too high. Keep it at medium or a little above.
Now it’s time for that harder-to-remove grime with the brush, sponge, and some soapy water. Scrub these areas firmly, but not too roughly, until the dirt and grime has disappeared. Now rinse again with the hose. Next you’ll have to dry the engine. Using your compressed air once more, get rid of any water drops that are still in those little nooks and crannies. Let your bike dry for no less than half an hour.
How to clean oil from engines
It’s important to remove oil from your engine in order to keep it functioning properly. Here are some tips on how to do this the right way. No matter which method you use, remember that no oil should run into the sewage system or on the ground. Oil mixed with cleaner must also be disposed of correctly.
Cold cleaner method – buy cold cleaner and spray the oily engine with it. Let it soak in and rinse off the oil residue and cleaner. It is also best to do this at a washing station.
Orange cleaner method – concentrated orange cleaner works better than cold cleaner. Apply the undiluted cleaner with a brush and a little water and then rinse it off.
You must never try to flush out old oil in the engine using these methods. Simply drain the oil completely, change the oil filter, and put in fresh oil. Repeat this procedure after approx. 1,000 km of careful driving. Beware of “miracle products” that are supposed to clean the engine from the inside. Especially in older ones, oil carbon can suddenly come off and instead of burning without problems as promised, it can clog oil lines. You then have a clean – but broken – engine.
Of course, this can sometimes be a big investment in time and money, but you will quickly be rewarded for the time you spend maintaining your bike. Your ride will be much more comfortable and safe with a clean engine. Simple steps in care and maintenance will extend the life of your motorcycle. We recommend adapting an efficient riding habit If you want to extend the life of your engine and, at the same time, protect the environment. Make sure to follow the maintenance routine that is recommended by the manufacturer.