Your car is a machine which is made of thousands of parts. If any part fails, it directly impacts the vehicle’s performance and your safety. Most of the times the part that is faulty alerts you about its failure in advance by giving some warning signs. It is not necessary that the part is repairable every time. Sometimes the only solution a mechanic suggests is the replacement of that particular part.
If you are a responsible car owner and give adequate maintenance to your car, the major reason behind part replacement is usually the expiration date. However, there are so many factors that impact the age of your car components. To name a few, normal wear and tear, your driving behaviour, your driving location, the number of miles your vehicle clocks up, and the climate of the area where you are putting up.
The same vehicle driven by different users can show different part failures at the same time. For example, prematurely worn out brake pads can be an outcome of aggressive driving behaviour. Hence, the rate of wear can vary from driver to driver. The matter of fact is no component lasts forever, and sooner or later it becomes less efficient or stops functioning. Below, we are going to talk about those components of your vehicle that are changed most often.
Brake Pads: These need to be changed every four to five years, or 40,000 to 70,000 miles (whatever comes first). However, its replacement periodicity relies upon the type of vehicle, OEM brake linings, driving pattern (stop-and-go traffic), and driving behaviour.
Battery: The time of the battery is not up till it completes four to five years irrespective of mileage. However, the lifespan of battery also depends on multiple factors, especially the temperature of the area where the vehicle operates.
Headlights or Taillights: Till six to seven years these lamps illuminate well. However, depending on the length and number of night trips they can lose their intensity. Not only this, the bumpy rides also make your traditional bulb’s life short.
Windshield Wiper Blades: Your car may need a set of new windshield wiper blades after one year or two. However, if the vehicle stays under an open sky during hot months, then the replacement time can reach earlier than its predictable time as the direct sunlight fastens the wear process.
Oil and Oil Filter: You can consider changing oil and oil filter after four to six months, or 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
Tyres: You can expect five to seven years from your tyres if you have invested a handsome amount on their purchase and maintenance. It is your bad, somewhere, if your tyres fail to serve you for this particular time period. Adequate air pressure, regular inspections, no hard cornering, mild driving, no high speeds, periodic wheel alignment and tyre rotation, wheel balancing when required, and less off-roading are a few factors that actually add numbers to your tyres’ age.
Spark Plugs: Spark plugs, if made of Platinum and Iridium, can last up to 100,000 miles or about 10 years if your vehicle clocks up 12,000 miles/year.
Vital Belts: The meandering (zig-zag) belt can see 75,000 miles or about six years during its tour of duty. The timing belt (in case your engine comprises one) can see 100,000 miles or about 8 years.
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To wrap up, it is not a rule of thumb that the above list of vehicle parts and their lifespan match with your actual situation depending on the aforesaid factors, However, you can take a rough idea about their age and stay alert. This information may be helpful in avoiding inconvenient, expensive, and unexpected breakdown hopefully. In need of any assistance regarding your Car Repair Slough or component replacement, get in touch with Triple S MOT Centre.