When buying a used car, there are often two feelings those being excitement and the other dreading what will break first. There are 6 car parts that you will need to replace over time. Do you know what they are?
Regular servicing and maintenance can prolong the lifespan of these parts, but some will still need to be replaced.
If you are planning to buy a used car or if you already own an ageing car, then here are some parts that you will most likely need to replace.
One of the first parts that you will probably need to replace is the cambelts as these have a range of about 100 000 to 150 000 kilometres. A cambelt is reinforced rubber that helps with the synchronisation of the opening and closing of the engine’s valves. Some car maintenance plans cover cambelts, so have a look.
A radiator keeps your engine cool and removes the heat from the coolant once it has cycled through the engine. This process exposes the radiators to wear and tear due to constant temperature fluctuations. Old cars usually have to deal with constant overheating issues.
Brake Pads and Discs
One of the most used components on a car is the brakes, so it comes as no surprise that these will need to replaced more often than other parts. A brake pad is squeezed onto the brake discs when the brake is pressed, which causes the car to slow down. These two components cause friction, which means they are exposed to wear and tear and will need to be replaced.
An alternator charges your car battery and powers the electrical system when the engine is running. As a battery gets older, the alternator will produce more power to compensate for the battery’s inefficiency. The alternator then overworks and wears.
A shock absorber will absorb and curb shock impulses whilst maintaining constant tyre contact with the road. As South African roads are not the best, these shock absorbers will need to work harder than they are designed to and will need to be replaced at some point.
A starter motor starts up the engine to initiate the engine’s operation on its own power. The electric solenoid is an important part of the starter that connects the car’s battery to the starter motor. The solenoid will then gather wear and tear and will need replacing.
During the life of a car, many parts may need to be replaced, but some of these will be covered in your service plan, so it is worth checking to see if they are covered.