If you own a luxury car of any kind you might be wondering: Which luxury car parts wear out first?
If you are a lifelong car, SUV, or truck owner, it is likely that you have at some point had to deal with broken down luxury car parts. It's never fun.
And it's made more complicated by the fact that every car has a total of roughly 30,000 interconnected parts, some of which are intended to wear down over time and some of which may last the entire lifetime of your vehicle.
So let’s take a look at the top 5 parts that are likely to fail soonest and what action you need to take.
Your luxury vehicle's oil is designed to lubricate the engine components so that they don't grind against one another, thus bringing down friction and wear on car parts. Think bearings or pistons. Proper car maintenance should include changing your vehicle's oil on a regular basis. Failing to do this can allow dirt and debris to build up. And that can ultimately lead to engine failure. The car's oil filter is there to trap any of this debris before it enters the engine. Though some mechanics will replace an oil filter every time the oil is changed, the industry standard is every other time you change the oil. Also, keep in mind that synthetic oils are designed to last longer. Keep in mind: The average lifespan for the car's oil is about 3,000-5,000 miles and around 10,000 miles for its filter.
They are one of the most essential luxury car parts but they are designed to wear out. And when they do you will never take them for granted again. Your windshield wipers keep your windshield free of rain, snow, and debris while you're driving. They're crucial because if you can't see where you're going driving becomes incredibly dangerous. Wiper blades should be replaced the minute they show signs of wear. If your car is equipped with a rear wiper blade, then you should consider replacing that as well. You might not use the rear wiper as much but it can still wear down faster than one might expect. And did you know that the average lifespan of your wipers can be as short as six months if you live in a place with lots of weather?
The battery is often the first thing that comes to mind when we think about auto parts that wear out and break down. That's because the battery is indeed one of the auto parts that is most likely to fail early on. And it's absolutely crucial to the operations of your car. It is responsible for starting the car and running every single one of your car's electrical systems.
Here are common signs your battery is failing:
- Difficulty starting the ignition or turning over the engine
- Dashboard lights and lighting issues within the car
- Dim headlights
- Electrical malfunctions
- Poor performance in cold weather
- Strange odors
If your battery is showing its age, you might need to consider replacing it straight away. A good technician will check this often and steer you in the right direction. Expect the lifespan of your battery to be about four to six years with normal use in average climate conditions.
These are made to wear down, just like other luxury car parts, so it should be no surprise at all that they do just that. Brake pads are meant to slow down or stop your automobile by applying direct contact to the rotor. This same contact causes friction and that causes the brake pads to gradually get thinner with each and every use. You can expect them to last about four to six years with normal use or around 40,000 miles.
Look for these three top signs your brake pads are failing and get help quickly.
- Noisy brakes
- Pulsating pedal
- Poor brake response
Because the brake pads are essentially the direct component that actually slows the vehicle, they are very important to the overall safety of the vehicle. If you suspect that your brake pads may be worn, or are making noise, have the vehicle’s brake system inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. If necessary, they will be able to replace the brake pads for you.
Similar to your car's brake pads, your auto's tires are intended to wear down as they provide traction to your car. The lifespan of your tires is about six years. What determines when you should replace your tires? Tire wear, for one. Consider that tires eventually begin to experience wear no matter the grade or quality. But to complicate matters how the tires wear can be related to alignment and tire pressure. The tire tread should wear evenly across the whole tire not just on the inside or outside. Tire age is another factor. Tire aging happens when components of the tire, including the rubber, begin to change over time. This can happen due to environmental impacts and storage conditions - as well as the amount of usage the tire sees when being driven. Even a tire sitting with zero use is still aging.
These are designed to create sparks that ignite fuel in your car's engine. Such repeated sparking will eventually wear the spark plugs down and they will need to be replaced. Average Lifespan: 25,000 miles.
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