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How To Degrease An Engine

Updated on November 13, 2015
Dirty Engine
Dirty Engine

Cleaning An Engine

Oil, grease, tar and dirt can easily impact an engine. Such buildup can affect the operation of the vehicle. An unclean engine can also promote rust on metal components or corroding on rubber and plastic. One of the best ways to easily clean your engine is with Genesis 950.

Genesis 950 is a green, surfactant based cleaner. It is safe not only on your vehicle's body, interior and engine, but it is also safe on the environment. Unlike other cleaners, it is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals. It is a surfactant based cleaner that works with water to make a stain water soluble. Once a stain is water soluble, it can then be broken down and rinsed away.

In this example, a 1999 Chevy Suburban is being cleaning using Genesis 950 and water.

How To Degrease Engines

Mixing Ratio

Mix 1/3 Genesis 950 with 2/3 Water
Mix 1/3 Genesis 950 with 2/3 Water | Source

Mixing Ratio

When cleaning an engine, it is best to first spray the engine with a mixture of Genesis 950 and water using a spray bottle. Genesis 950 is sold in a concentrate form. This means when it is delivered to you, it must be broken down with water. The recommended mixing ratio for general cleaning is 1 part Genesis 950 to 7 parts water. However because oil and grease can be harder to break down, the best ratio to use for cleaning an engine is the 1:3 ratio. In cases where the stain or buildup is severe, it can be used at a 50:50 mixture. If increasing the ratio, always be sure the amount of water is equal to or higher than the Genesis 950. Genesis 950 will not cause any damage if the ratio is higher, however it will not work as well if the amount of water does not exceed the amount of Genesis 950. Water is what activates the 950.

Spray the engine thoroughly.
Spray the engine thoroughly.

Spray The Engine

Once the cleaning solution has been properly mixed, spray the engine thoroughly. Be sure the solution saturates all surfaces.

Let Stand.
Let Stand.

Let Stand

After the engine has been sprayed, allow it to sit for about 1 - 2 minutes. This will allow the grease, oil and other buildup to become water soluble. As the stains become water soluble, they will begin to break down and in turn be easily removed from the surface of the engine.




After the engine has been given time to sit, rinse the engine clean using a hose, or power wash nozzle. When cleaning an engine, it is best to rinse in an area with proper sewer drainage to ensure that the oil, grease and other fluids can be properly disposed. While Genesis 950 is safe for the environment, grease and oil are not and should not be allowed to seep into the ground.

Thoroughly rinse the engine until all of the broken down debris has been flushed from the engine. In this example, all the buildup was removed without any scrubbing. It all simply rinsed off after it had been broken down.

Car Detailing

Genesis 950 can also be used for car detailing. For cleaning floor mats, carpet, seats and dashboard, use a mixture of 1/3 Genesis 950 to 2/3 water. It can be used in a spray bottle, bucket, or cleaning machine with an attachment. Clean the dirty areas with the mixture and allow to sit for 5 - 25 minutes depending on the severity of the dirtiness. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

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    • Amerikal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Depending on the degree of dirt and buildup, you could get anywhere from 1 to 4 washes using a quart bottle. Variations come into play including how much you dilute the concentrate. The 950 is better than other agents because it is a surfact cleaner. This means that it is designed to work with water to make whatever is being cleaned water soluble. When this happens, the stain and buildup can easily break apart and be rinsed clean. As far as cleaning the engine, just be sure there are no loose electric wires (nothing frayed or damaged) and be sure all caps and covers are properly secured.

    • pctechgo profile image


      4 years ago from US

      The before and after pictures look impressive. How many washes (de-greasing) can be obtained from a single bottle?What makes it better than other de-greasing agents and solvents? Are there any dangers or harmful effects of spraying water directly into an engine, what precautions can be taken?


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