While the undercarriage is usually the dirtiest part of your car, it’s also probably the most overlooked when it comes to cleaning. After all, out of sight, out of mind. Many people even realize that they should clean their undercarriage but don’t, simply because it’s a pain. This was a problem at our detailing shop too, until we devised a clever little solution using a speed bump. Read on and we’ll show you how to make your own.
So in order to use this particular technique to clean your undercarriage you’re going to need a few tools, but trust me, it’s worth it because it’ll make your life so much easier in the long run.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• A pressure washer – You can find an electric pressure washer for as little as $100 online with a little research. If you want a high end one it’s going to put you back a few bills though.
• A rubber speed bump – Here’s a link to the model that we used, but pretty much any rubber speed bump that’s 2″-3″ thick will work.
• A pressure washer extension hose – Find one that will fit your particular pressure washer.
• Metal piping – Use this to funnel the water to the holes you will cut in the speed bump.
• Sprayer nozzles – Dultmeier.com has a huge selection of these nozzles so you can get exactly the size and degree you’d like.
Begin by fitting together your water delivery mechanism. You will need a couple of steel “T” fittings and one 90⁰ elbow so that the water will be directed upwards. Fit them about 6-8 inches apart from one another with pieces of steel piping. At the top of each of the fittings attach a sprayer nozzle. You may want to choose one that fans a bit wider (say, 65⁰) for the outermost fittings in order to make sure you hit the wheel wells and outer parts of the undercarriage. The inner fittings you can go a bit smaller (closer to 40⁰). Connect all of this to the extension hose.
Next, cut a long notch into the bottom of the speed bump. (We used a reciprocating saw, but I’m sure you’ll have something in the garage that will work fine if you don’t have one.) This will house the piping that will fit into the speed bump so that it can lay flat on the ground. Once you’ve cut that out begin to cut holes through the top of the speed bump that match up with the nozzles on the pipe.
Fit the piping into the speed bump and lay it down in your garage or driveway. Once you’ve attached it to your pressure washer you should be good to go. Position you car over the speed bump and have someone turn on your pressure washer. Slowly roll your car back and forth over the speed bump until you get full coverage. Make sure the jets are turned off while the car isn’t on top of the speed bump, otherwise they’ll shoot up in the air and soak everything nearby.
Once it’s all built it’s a really quick and convenient way to clean your undercarriage. Any questions? Comments? Let us know in the comments below!