A single car can have over 30,000 individual parts that all work together to make your car run. However, some of these parts require more maintenance than others. Here we are going to go over 5 of the most commonly replaced car parts.
- Oil and Oil Filter- It should come as no surprise that these two services top the list. It is recommended to get an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles to keep your car running safely. Depending on the mileage of your car, your mechanic will be able to recommend the right oil. This oil is what runs your engine in addition to absorbing the heat that radiates from it. The filter is what collects any debris from the oil which stops it from getting into your engine.
- Windshield wiper blades- Especially in areas that experience constant changes in the weather, changing your wipes every 6 months can be the difference between being able to see the road and not and plays an unnecessary game with the safety of you and any passengers. As soon as you notice a change in the effectiveness of your wipers you should change them.
- Battery- A key component to your car starting is the battery that is under the hood. Every 3-5 years your car battery should be replaced. There are often battery recycling programs at your local automotive store that offer a discount on your new battery. You can either install it yourself or have them do it for you.
- Tires- The traction and grip of your tires do get worn down. If you live in an area that requires you to have snow tires, you will find yourself switching between tires throughout the year. A set of tires should last between 25,000-50,000 miles depending on your driving habits.
- Engine Air Filter- Keeping your engine clear and clean is the job of the air filter. Your air filter should be changed annually or potentially even more often if you live in a dusty area. When you go to get your tires rotated, which should be about the same time you get your oil changed, have your technician check your air filter.