Monthly Archives: February 2013

The most common car parts

Cars are supposed to be built to last. However normal wear and tear can take its toll on many automotive parts. This means that the parts that are used the most will need replacing. Below we have listed the top 5 most commonly replaced automotive parts to give you an idea of what you should be looking for.

What Parts Are Most Commonly Replaced?

Wiper blades can succumb to a significant amount of wear and tear. Many car manufacturers recommend you change your wiper blades once every 1 – 2 years. This will keep your windshield clean and prevent possible cracks developing.

The battery is something that needs regular maintenance. Depending on the type of battery, it may require a top up of non-ionised water and a voltage check. Car batteries should be replaced every 3 – 4 years.

Headlights and tail lights can fail you at the most inconvenient time. It is against the law to drive without working lights, therefore it is essential to test your lights every now and then. For one who drives mostly during the daytime, a bulb will last up to 6 years.

If you drive a car with a petrol engine, then you will need to check the spark plugs every time you service your engine. Ineffective or damaged spark plugs might contain a white coating and should either be cleaned or replaced with new plugs.

The cam belt is one of the most common casualties of excessive driving. A broken cam belt can result in the complete destruction of your engine so having checking it for splits is recommended at every service. They should last around 70,000 miles depending on the model of your car.

Reputable automotive garages should fault check the components of your car when you take it for a service, however, even the most experienced mechanics can miss simple faults so learning to check your own vehicle and replace components is a useful skill to acquire.