Cars get us to where we need to be every day. Yet, car parts wear out and lose their ability to do their job as the miles add up. Here are five of the most commonly replaced car parts.
The windshield is one of the most replaced car parts in the United States. It is one of the few parts that are easy to replace at a low cost. Flying dirt and debris cause scratches and stress cracks that can hinder your vision and eventually cause irreparable damage to the windshield. You should consider complete windshield replacement if any chips or cracks exceed 12-14 inches.
The battery is another commonly replaced car part. A car battery can last anywhere from three to six years. They can also last as little as two years or as much as ten years. The life of a car battery depends on how frequently you drive your car and the environmental conditions you drive in. You will notice it is time to get a new car battery when you need frequent jump-starts or your headlamps are not as bright as usual.
The tires on your car need replacing every few years. You may need to do some budgeting to buy new tires because they are not cheap. Replacing your old tires with new tires can cost you several hundred dollars. New tires can last three to five years or 50,000 to 75,000 miles before they need replacing. You will need to replace all the tires on your car because each tire wears down at a different rate.
Brake pads wear out every 40,000 miles on average because of constant use. They can wear out in as little as 20,000 miles or last up to 65,000, depending on how you drive and the driving conditions in your area. The average cost of replacing brake pads is less expensive than replacing all four tires, but it will still cost a few hundred dollars.
Oil and Air Filters
Oil and air filters play a vital role in prolonging the durability of your car’s engine. The engine will run with low power and can frequently malfunction without good oil and air filters. Oil and air filters are crucial because they help to trap dust particles, harmful pollutants, and toxic substances. Changing the oil and air filters is inexpensive and should be done every time 3,000 to 7,500 miles.
Check these parts regularly to keep your car running safely and reliably to give you the best driving experience possible.