My 2001 Ford Focus has been leaking oil at the rear main seal. I want to clean the engine plate with a degreaser (soapy water) and wipe it down.
Is it okay to spray it with soapy water, or should I leave it?
Motivation for this question
Nervous about accidentally harming the vehicle while acting on the intention of doing something good for it.
If it is okay, is there anything else I should do? (e.g. should I rub some kind of protective oil on it, or spray it down with brake cleaner, or do something else?)
I am going to replace the rear main seal.