Cleaned the car yesterday and at the end I randomly decided to open the hood. I haven't done so in a really long time.
What I found...
The engine bay area, as you look at the car with the hood open on to right side towards the driver.<br/><br/>Very miniscule sand particles.
This is on the other side too. I took a pic but only after I kinda cleaned it.
The only way I can think of how that sand got there is from when I drove from Toronto to Lake Placid, and on the way, through the mountains, we took more scenic (ie, windy and hilly) routes that were a blast to drive in, but the roads were covered in sand not salt to combat the snow.
Should this even be here though? The only way it could have gotten here is the front wheels kicking it up into the engine bay. I thought it was supposed to be sealed off more properly though.
How do I clean it? Can I take a hose out and water the engine bay down, or for once or twice a year, better to take it into a shop for them to do the engine bay cleaning? And will they protect the components of the engine bay that should be protected when doing a full wash?