Cleaning a Ferrari engine may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite easy to do. While it may take a bit of time, even if you’re new to maintaining a vehicle yourself, the steps needed are clear and very easy to complete.

Before doing anything else, when cleaning your Ferrari engine, check the temperature. Always make sure your engine is cooled completely before cleaning. Next, you’ll want to make sure you protect any water sensitive parts or seals. Wrap them in plastic, and secure with electrical tape. This will ensure that parts not meant to be submerged in water will not be compromised during the cleaning process. It’s also a good idea to tape off seals that may not need to be covered, but which could be pushed off when spraying the Ferrari engine with water. Once you’re done securing the plastic and tape, adjust the pressure on your water jet. You want enough force to knock off the oil and dirt, but not so much that it causes damage.

Once this is done, liberally coat the top half of your Ferrari engine with an all purpose cleaner diluted at a 1:10 ratio. Avoid using a heavy degreaser; they can be harmful to the environment, bad for your health, and have been known to cause damage to engine components. To ensure a thorough clean, switch between three different soft bristle cleaning brushes. First, a standard detailing brush will give you a solid, all over cleaning. To get those awkward, hard to reach places, a soft bristled, long reach brush with an angled head is perfect. Last, use an EZ detail brush for an all encompassing clean, and to hit any last hard to reach spots. Rinse the cleaner away, and repeat this process on the bottom half. The benefit to splitting it is that you don’t have to worry about any of the cleaner drying and adding to the mess you need to clean off by applying it all at once.

After both halves of your Ferrari engine have been cleaned, dry it thoroughly with terry cloth towels or compressed air. Once the engine is dry, remove the tape and plastic. Take care not to spill any water that pooled during the cleaning and rinsing process. This is a good time to run the engine for a minute or two to verify there are no issues, and no lights or warnings on the dashboard.

Since the engine is now clean and dry, apply a dressing to protect the engine components. A dressing is a protective product preventing damage to engine parts caused by aging, repels dust, and gives a non-glossy, like-new appearance. Some dressing products even offer uv ray protection for components exposed to sunlight. Leave the dressing on your engine for a few minutes, and then use a clean, soft bristle brush to further agitate and create a better bond between the dressing and the Ferrari engine components. Follow this up by using clean, dry microfiber towels. Avoid using dressings that are solvent based since they cause rubber hoses and plastic covers to dry out and crack.

There are a number of steps involved, but even a novice at home auto care can easily master cleaning an engine with these simple steps. After the dressing has been applied and dried, sit back and relish a job well done.