Do not wash oily car parts in your dishwasher

Look, I’ve had good ideas in my life, and I’ve had terrible ones. Trying to wash my greasy timing chain cover in my dishwasher falls squarely into the latter category, as I’ve been eating dishes laden with oily residue for nine months now.

Not all of my ideas can be as brilliant as my motor oil dye solution, so naturally I came up with a few real clothes. Among them: washing greasy car parts in my dishwasher.

About nine months ago, I opened up my Jeep’s 4.0-liter inline-six for a quick refresh (it was only a few months before I blew it). Since the engine had done 402,336 km, there was quite a bit of grime and grime, so I thought I’d at least try cleaning the timing chain cover.

My logic to decide How? ‘Or’ What cleaning the blanket was about as advanced as a caveman’s. It came:

1. Should I clean this timing chain cover? Yes.

2. Does my dishwasher clean things? Yes.

3. Therefore, I can put the timing cover in the dishwasher.

That was it; that like my all train of thought. There was no “Hey, I wonder if this might clog the dishwasher” or “Maybe this will leave some residual oily gunk on the tools I use to eat.”

I wish I had thought a little further than those simple three lines of faulty logic, because take a look at what I ate in the last nine months.

I think I’m slowly turning into an AMC straight-six.

Image: David Tracy
Image: David Tracy

I even tried to take the dishwasher apart and clean it, but my dishes are still covered in grime. Not to mention that the timing chain cover was not any cleanser after washing.

So, first advice to the millions of people who were going to put a disgusting, greasy car part in their dishwasher next to their kitchen utensils:

Do not do it.

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