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

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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.