Why and When to Change Your Car Parts

Why and When to Change Your Car Parts

One wrong part can ruin everything, so you need to fit your car with the best possible parts to ensure that it runs smoothly and stays in good condition. Here is a cheat sheet on when and why parts need to be changed.

Brakes

Change when: You experience a loss of stopping power.

Where: At your regular service station or tyre workshop.

Why: That screeching sound is actually the sound of your callipers scratching against your disc pads. Prolonging the use of faulty brake pads may result in costly repairs when you have to change the whole brake mechanism instead.

Battery

Change when: You experience difficulties in starting your engine.

Where: At your regular service station.

Why: Your car won’t be able to start with a dead battery, and you don’t want a car that won’t start in a dark car park at 2am.

Cabin Filter

Change when: Your windows get misty and you start sneezing in your car, or every 15,000 km.

Where: At your regular service station.

Why: Your cabin filter filters the air that goes into your car. To avoid breathing in allergens and dust, we suggest you change your cabin filter regularly.

Spark Plugs

Change when: You experience difficulties starting your car, or every 30,000 to 60,000 km.

Where: At your regular service station.

Why: Spark plugs aid in efficient fuel consumption and the smooth running of your engine. High petrol and engine repair bills cost way more than new spark plugs.  

Wiper Blade

Change when: You hear excessive noise and your wipers start to leave streak marks, or every six months.

Where: At your regular service station. Certain models are simple enough to buy off the rack and install.

Why: Old, faulty or damaged wipers not only do a poor job of cleaning your windshield, but can also scratch the glass. Here’s another reason why. Take care of your wipers by cleaning and inspecting them regularly, and replace them when they are worn.

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