I'm not so sure about using a degreaser on the plastic. It might harm the lastic.tozion said:After I had my first oil change I opened the hood a few days later to add some washer fluid only to notice this...
What should I use to clean this up with? Didn't know they'd leave a mess behind when changing the oil. Should I even bother?
If the guy filling his oil used a funnel, then my a.s.s. is a banjo. With a funnel and carefully pouring the oil, there should be no oil spills.Cosmicflash said:This probably happens to most of us--I know it does to me. Unless the grease monkey spills zero oil there is going to be some on the engine. Oil rags and even the oil bottle can leave stains.
Good thing is that it does clean up.
If your worried about getting the engine too wet, the plastic engine cover simply lifts off. Just need to remove the three torx screws. once its off its a lot easier to takle the clean up job. Also likelyhood is that some of the oil will have seeped under the join of the engine/ engine cover, so youll be able to wipe that up as well.DrSandman said:I'm not so sure about using a degreaser on the plastic. It might harm the lastic.
A wet, soapy rag should do the job. It will take time, however. You'll need to repeatedly soak, wipe, and re-soak the rag to get the plastic clean. Unfortunately, you can't soak the engine with water.
Remember how soap works: it's a detergent--it makes the oil (on the plastic) soluble in the water (soaked up in the rag). As the rag will soak up oil, you'll need to repeatedly clean the rag.