No car part lasts forever, but some have a shorter lifespan than others, especially if they’re not properly cared for. Here are some of the most commonly replaced car parts and how to know when you should replace them.
Most people don’t think about their battery until it starts to give them trouble. If you notice that your engine is struggling to turn over, the battery is leaking fluid, the terminals are dirty, or any other cosmetic issues, it may be time to replace it. Even without any issues, replace your battery every four to five years.
Spark plugs and fuses are both small parts that help your vehicle run efficiently. Spark plugs make accelerating, idling, and driving in general much smoother, so if you notice issues with this, you may need to replace some. Fuses are necessary for your electric components to work, like the windshield wipers and heater.
Brakes are constantly in use, so brake pads and rotors can wear down quickly. Brake pads will start to make squealing noises when they need to be replaced, but if you let them go for too long it will start to damage the rotor, leading to a much more serious grinding. It’s important to regularly replace your brake pads and calipers for this reason.
You can find replacements for each of these parts when you shop at Jack Miller Parts.