most common replacement car parts

The 10 Most Common Replacement Car Parts

Owning a vehicle is almost a requirement in twenty and twenty-three most areas of the world. With owning a vehicle comes the need to make repairs to it at some point. The ten most common replacement car parts are something that most people may not be too familiar with.

The ten most common replaced car parts are:

  • Brake pads
  • Light Bulbs
  • Wiper Blades
  • Battery
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Oil Filters
  • Air Filters
  • Spark plugs and Coils
  • Belts and Pullies

Unfortunately, car parts need to be replaced, but it is also a necessary part to keep a car running for any extended period.

Why do car parts break down?

Most car parts that need to be replaced are regular maintenance items. The components that they are made of get old, and wear down as the engine uses the resources made available to it. There are a lot of moving parts to a combustible engine, and with that comes a lot of energy dissipation and unfortunately repairs.

The 10 Most Common Replacement Car Parts

Brake Pads Need to Be Replaced Every Twenty Thousand Miles

The front pads will always wear more frequently than the rear. Much of the stopping power is in the front. The pads are made of a composite material that forms the rotors, as the material heats up it loses its density.

Brake pads simply wear down, and the composite rubs off onto the rotor and creates dust that dissipates. When the material is gone, the pads need to be replaced.

Headlights Go Out More Often Than Not

The headlights and all the bulbs are usually made of a filament material that loses its shine after a while. Headlights and other bulbs on the vehicle provide light in various means for various purposes, Typically L.E.D. lights will last the longest if the car is equipped with them.

Do Not Ignore a Squeaking Wiper Blade

Wiper Blades clear water and other liquid debris away from the window so that the driver has a clear view of the road conditions in front of them.

The wiper blade will usually make a sound when it needs to be replaced, or it will have melted away from the blade itself which is why it starts to squeak. Wiper blades should be replaced annually before the rainy season begins.

The Battery Needs Replacing Every Few Years

The Battery starts the car and runs the accessories when the engine is not running. Most batteries are made of lead-acid or alkaline materials. The battery cells will lose their ability to hold a charge over some time, usually between three to five years, and need to be replaced. Here is some weak car battery symptoms that you should keep eye one and replace your battery if exists. Here are some portable car battery chargers on amazon you can consider when looking for new battery.

Have you Checked the Starter on The Car

The starter uses a solenoid to turn the gear inside the crankshaft or bottom portion of the engine. The starter is powered by the battery and gets the engine going. The solenoids will wear out from extending and turning the flywheel which gets the engine started in motion.

The Starter uses a large amount of electricity and magnetism to get this process completed, they will make a clicking sound when going bad.

The Alternator Will Cause the Car to Stop Working

The alternator produces electricity and feeds it back to the battery to charge it for the next time the car is started. The alternator also provides a continuous current to keep the engine running if the key is in the on position.

When the alternator goes out, the car will not stay running, a sure sign that the alternator is about to go out is if the headlights dim when the vehicle is under demand for electricity in another section of the car, such as the window motors.

The Oil Filter Needs To Be Replaced Every Ten Thousand Miles

The rule used to be to change the oil every three thousand miles and six thousand for the oil filter. Most oil filters will last ten thousand miles, which is about when you also need to change the oil when using synthetic oil, or a synthetic blend.

If the vehicle is older (pre-2002), and still uses pure conventional oil, sticking to the three thousand, and six thousand intervals are still recommended by most manufacturers.

Spark Plugs and Coils Should Be Replaced Around Eighty Thousand Miles

The spark plugs provide combustion to push the engine cylinders back down so that they can continue to provide the motion necessary to work.

The gas is injected into the cylinder and the ignition coil sends an electrical signal through the spark plug to create a spark at the exact movement needed to create a tiny explosion in the cylinder.

Most spark plugs are made from iridium, which will last upwards of around eighty thousand miles. However, some vehicle still uses other metals such as copper, and Platinum to create the spark, and those metals do not last as long.

Replacing the ignition coils and spark plugs at the same time is recommended by all manufacturers.

The Air Filter is Good for Twelve Thousand Miles

The air filter and cabin air filter are two filters that should be replaced every oil change, or between ten and twelve thousand miles.

The air filter is located under the hood and filters the air that the engine is pulling in to create the combustion required to keep the vehicle running.

The cabin air filter is associated with the vehicle’s air conditioning system and filters the outside air that is pulled into the cabin when the air conditioner is running. The two filters do work together, but for very different purposes.

Do Not Forget About the Belts and Pullies

The belts and pullies are probably one of the most important parts of the vehicle. The belts help turn each of the individual systems required to make the combustible engine run efficiently. Every system is connected to the drive belt, while some manufacturers have secondary systems connected to their belts while sharing the main drive component of the engine.

Belts should be conditioned frequently using a belt conditioner and replaced when the edges start to wear or fray.  The pullies need to be replaced when the belts are replaced, failing to do so can lead to engine seizure.