Due to modern manufacturing and design improvements, today’s vehicle’s stay on the road longer than ever before! Maintaining this longer lifespan will take some work and upkeep on your part. Parts do wear and must be replaced, so basic maintenance is essential to keep the vehicle running.
You may need to replace the following parts during the life of your vehicle:
Oil & oil filter
An oil change is a basic maintenance job that needs to be done every 30 000 km. The oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, while the oil filter removes any dirt and debris from the oil, preventing any damage to the engine.
When it’s rainy, keeping a clear view of the road is a priority. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to ensure they are in good working order when you might need them. Driving with damaged/worn wiper blades compromises the driver and others safety. When you notice the wipers are worn out, replace them immediately.
Engine air filter
The air filter keeps dirt and dust from entering your engine. The air filter has a vital role in keeping the engine clean and running properly. It is recommended that you change your engine’s air filter annually or every 20 000 km. Living in a dusty area may require you to change your air filter more often.
For a vehicle to run, it needs a battery. The battery plays an important role, whether it’s starting the vehicle or powering the electrical system. The lifespan of a battery is dependent on the vehicle and its condition and the driver’s driving habits. Most vehicles would need a new battery every four to five years on average. You can determine if you need to replace your battery when it’s taking longer than usual to start the vehicle.
By providing grip and traction, your tyres keep you safe on the road. Tyres that are worn can be dangerous as they increase your chances of having a blowout or make it difficult to gain traction on wet roads. How the driver drives has a direct impact on the lifespan of the tyres. Vehicle tyres should be replaced roughly every five to six years.
A vehicles lights – especially the headlights, taillights and turn signals – are a key safety feature. To operate a vehicle safely, you must have working lights that allow you to see and be seen. The life of a light is measured in hours rather than years or distance. The type of light bulbs you have and how much you use your lights determines how often they should be replaced.
The fuel pump constantly pumps fuel from the fuel tank to the engine of the vehicle. Subject to wear and tear, the fuel pump can also be damaged by dirt or rust. If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle will be unable to drive. Fuel pumps are designed and built to last from 80 000 to over 160 000 km.
The water pump keeps your engine from over heating by circulating coolant between the radiator and the engine. It is possible for the water pump to last for the entire life of the vehicle, but it might need to be replaced around 95 000 to 160 000 km.
The spark plugs in the vehicle play an important role in keeping it running properly. Driving with faulty/damaged spark plugs can lead to poor fuel consumption, delayed acceleration, engine misfires and hard starting. Spark plugs need replacement every 30 000 km. However, they can go up to every 100 000 km for modern vehicles. To maintain your vehicle properly, follow the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals.