Ask Takeshi: How Can I Keep My Car Running Forever?

Everyone wants to keep their car running forever. You follow routine maintenance routines, frequently check your fluids, and ensure your tires have the right pressure. However, there is more you can do to maximise your car’s lifespan. Listed here are ten tips to keep your car in tip-top shape for years to come.


  1. Let your car warm up, especially in the winter months. Many of the moving parts loose the coating of oil while it sits in the parking spot. Give your car about two minutes to allow oil to circulate back through the motor. This also allows the engine to reach the temperatures they are designed to work at. Once you are ready to move, start slowly until your temperature gauge moves out of the blue zone.                                    yellow car
  2. Use the right fluids for your make and model. This is especially important when choosing the right motor oil for your car. Refer to the owner’s manual and remember to only buy that grade of oil.
  3. Use a mix of 50% water to 50% coolant. Even though water alone can save money, it can cause your car to overheat or even a blown radiator. In freezing temperatures you could end up with a cracked engine.
  4. Protect your transmission by using a parking brake every time you park. Then, protect your brakes by releasing it when you get in. The transmission can be weakened over time by relying on it to keep your car in place.                                                                                                                                                                                 car engine
  5. Drive without radio once a week. This will help you learn what your car sounds like as it warms up and trekking various terrain. Keep a mental record of the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, and tire sounds. This will help you catch problems quickly before they spread and cost a fortune to fix.
  6. Use the right cleaning products and follow instruction. You will want to take better care of a car that looks as clean as the day you bought it. Window cleaners with ammonia cause tinted windows to become discolored. Certain upholstery cleaners will eat away car fabrics. It’s best to take your car to a high-pressure car wash. Take extra care when cleaning the undercarriage and wheel wells. This will prevent rust from forming. A rust free car is more likely to stay running forever.
  7. Buy products to clean the inside of your engine. Certain engine cleaning products can actually ruin your engine. Join a forum for people who own the same car as you and read their reviews. Be sure to use a good fuel injector cleaner that won’t ravage your block.
  8. Fill your tank before you get down to a quarter tank. Running on low fuel can cause overheating. If it’s a long-term habit you could run into serious issues with your engine and fuel pump.
  9. Buy a car diagnostic scanner. This can let you know exactly what is wrong at the first blink of a check engine light. Be sure to service your car right away when any service light comes on. This can stop a severe issue from worsening.                                                                                                                                                     car diagnostic scanner
  10. Drive carefully, and attentively. Plan ahead to accelerate or decelerate at safe speeds. Pay attention to speed bumps and potholes, and slow down. Going over bumps at high speeds can be detrimental to your suspension, shocks, alignment, and cause stress to your tires.

Takeshi Reviews the Best Fuel System Cleaners

To keep your car running smoothly, you’ll want to be using the best fuel system cleaners. Fuel injector cleaners remove built-up gunk caused by oxidized ethanol. These deposits form over time. Using a fuel injection cleaner allows the injectors to spray the correct amount of gas into your motor. You will get higher mileage, lower emissions, and smoother start-up when your engine is clear of gunk and particles. The money you spend on cleaner each year can save you at the pump and on maintenance for years to come.

Before using any new product in your car check to be sure it is compatible. Different types of injectors can be harmed by certain products. Ask a mechanic or search your car in Amazon’s Garage tool. This will tell you which of the products listed you can use. Below are the best fuel system cleaners.

Preventative Additives


Some fuels, like Chevron, already contain a cleaning additives. These products are low impact, and offer consistent benefits. You need to add the directed amount every time you fill your gas tank for the best results. If you don’t think you will remember or don’t want to keep buying cleaner, this may not be the best choice for you.

Preventative additive cleaners are best suited for cleaner engines to prevent new build up from forming. They also help raise the efficiency of older cars and trucks. If your engine is filthy to start, you may want to consider trying a more concentrated formula or cleaning your engine manually. These injector cleaners actually work more like fuel conditioners. They allow you to use cheaper fuel without worrying about them lowering your vehicle’s efficiency. For more information, click here.  

Lucas is a product many people swear by. This is a great choice because it works in any engine. You’ll never have to think about which cleaner to buy again if you like it! While it isn’t the cheapest to buy upfront, it comes in a gallon jug that treats 400 gallons of fuel. You only need to add 2 ounces each time you fill your tank. Lucas helps more than just fuel injectors. It also helps with smog emissions and cleans your carburetor.

Concentrated Cleaner

Concentrated Cleaner Liqui Moly

This type of cleaner is best for those who need a bit of a deeper clean. They may not be able to fully clear a very dirty engine, but do help raise efficiency. It is best to add to a full tank of gas every few thousand miles or when you get an oil change. Choose one of these cleaners if you don’t want to think about your fuel injectors every time you fill up or if it is your first time cleaning your engine.

BG-44K is one of the toughest cleaners on the market. It is sworn by mechanics and professional drivers to be the best product on the market. That being said, it does come at a higher price. It is the most frequently used engine cleaner and is suitable for some motorcycles and lawnmowers. You won’t need to use BG-44K as often to get the same results as it’s competitors. Pour in a can with a full tank every 15,000 miles. Since you don’t use it as frequently, you will see a slow decline in performance between uses.

Techron is another option for a thorough clean. The formula is designed specifically for newer cars with direct injection but can be used with many brands. It is a cheaper option than BG-44K. It doesn’t hold the same prestige but it does do the job. Like BG, it does a good job getting a start cleaning older cars. You will have to use this product every 3,000 miles, or at every oil change. Check out to learn more about how to use various cleaners.

In Conclusion
These are the best fuel system cleaners on the market. Choose the one that best suits the needs of your car, and how frequently you feel think you will remember to add the product into your tank. If you have experience working on your car, you may want to try manually cleaning your engine. At, they reviewed the best manual fuel system cleaning kits.