Prevent Your Car’s Age-Related Problems with our Car Maintenance Checklist
Here’s a Checklist of Parts You will Need to Replace on a Regular Basis
Most non-electric cars are designed and built with the same fundamental principles and that means they all run into the same issues as they get older.
Various parts of your car can break down as they operate under stress for years on end. That means that some auto parts simply need to be replaced with time.
And since some of us practically live in our car, which we rely on to get us everywhere we need, we’ll want to stay on top of this checklist of parts that need replacing so that our car can run optimally for as long as it possibly can.
Here is a list of the most common auto parts that will, at some point in time, require replacement:
You will need to replace your engine’s air filter on a regular basis. Most car manufacturers will recommend the replacement around 25,000 miles but you also need to think about replacing it when it’s dirty or gunked up from less than optimal conditions such as driving in dusty, dry or gravely places. If you fail to replace a dirty air filter that will cut airflow to the engine and will reduce your car’s fuel-efficiency. In fact, if you live in a dust-ridden or dry or climate, installing something called a wet air filter might be a good idea to save money on air filter replacement. A wet filter can be and reused indefinitely. However, they do need to be well oiled in order to work correctly and efficiently. The air filter ‘s job is prevent dirt and particles from getting into your engine and harming it. So take care to replace it on a regular basis.
The other part that you need to remember to replace is the oil filter. That’s because the lubrication system of your automobile is vital to the proper operation of any internal combustion engine. Depending on the car manufacturer, how your vehicle’s lubrication system is designed, and the type of oil used, you’ll need to get the engine oil and oil filter replaced at least every 12,000 miles. Maybe sooner. Your car's oil filter removes waste and captures debris, dirt and metal fragments that would otherwise enter your motor oil. Without the oil filter, harmful particles can get into your motor oil and damage the engine. Filtering out the junk means your motor oil stays cleaner, longer and your car keeps operating at its best.
Obviously there’s a trend here and that trend is filters. Like the air filter, the fuel filter prevents dust, debris and other contaminants from getting into the engine via the fuel line. A clogged fuel filter will prevent the motor from running right, or at all.
Spark Plugs and Wires
The spark plugs are important to change on a regular basis because they are fed an electrical charge that creates a spark that ignites the air and fuel combination. If you have filthy or corroded spark plugs that will cause misfiring. When they don’t spark at the right time this can be a huge waste of gas and cause additional engine trouble.
It’s the alternator that creates the electricity that powers many parts of your car when the engine is turned on. As the car ages, the alternator can fail and you can start to experience issues with your electrical systems including lights, the radio and in some cases starting your car.
Another part that can turn on you after several years is the starter motor. You might hear a loud click when you turn the key. But the engine doesn’t turn on. You might also think it’s your battery but in fact it’s your starter that is malfunctioning.
Other car parts to consider changing regularly:
- Automotive Fluids
- Drive Belt
- Shock Absorbers
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