How to Protect Head Gasket Electronics

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Think you have a blown head gasket in your car? Get step by step instructions on how to protect head gasket electronics with expert auto maintenance tips in this free car repair video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace a Blown Head Gasket
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In this clip we are going to talk about covering some electronics before you clean your engine. Now this particular engine here has a distributor here. Before you take it down to the local car wash and spray your degreaser or tire cleaner—they are the same chemical—on the motor, you are going to want to take and cover your distributor. Just take your typical plastic bag and flip it over the top on the distributor. What you are going to do there is just aid it in keeping water from getting inside the cap itself. If water does get inside there, it is not going to run right. It may misfire, it may not even start, so make sure that you seal that off. Just give it a little extra help; and there is one more component you are going to want to give a little protection to is the vehicle main fuse box, located over here on this particular vehicle, and just take and cover it up, just to give it a little added protection. Now as long as you don't directly blast these components with your sprayer, it should be okay. What you are going to want to do is head down to the car wash and spray the engine down with the engine degreaser or the tire cleaner. Let it sit for a few moments and then hose it off. The trouble with oil leaks is they always run down hill. Once you service your valve cover gasket, you may have additional leaks further down the engine. So it is a good idea to take and it and clean it up. It helps you when you are working on it. It is not such a dirty job and it would help you detect other leaks on the engine.

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