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Keeping your car in top running shape means occasionally replacing parts to repair wear and tear. Though it can seem like some car parts go on almost indefinitely, many parts will wear out over the course of enough years. Here are four parts you should plan on replacing on a semi-regular basis over the course of your car’s lifetime.
Depending on the age of your car, it may have either multiple engine belts to run different peripherals or a single belt to run all of them, known as a serpentine belt. Either way, belts wear out over time and need to be replaced when they start to show signs of strain. You can also replace your belts proactively while doing your regular spring or autumn maintenance.
Though it can last for many years, your car’s starter will eventually wear out due to consistent use. Unfortunately, starters can be a bit difficult to change on some cars, owing to their position close to the engine in what is sometimes a cramped space. However, the actual process of changing one is really quite simple. If your car begins to have difficulty starting, your starter should be one of the first things you check after your battery.
Brakes are not only one of the most critical parts of your car, but also among the parts that are the most prone to wearing out. Pads need regular brake repair service, and calipers will also need to be replaced from time to time. Drum brakes are a bit more resilient, but still do wear out over a sufficient number of years. Generally, it’s a good idea to perform visual inspections of brake pads at least once a year. If you start hearing a grinding sound when you come to a stop, it’s also a fairly reliable indication that one or more of your brake components has worn out.
The hoses that carry coolant to and from your engine are usually made of a hefty rubberized material. Nevertheless, they will start to become brittle and crack over time, especially if you live in an area with cold winters. Keep an eye on the ends of your coolant hoses for breaking or cracking, and replace them when such damage becomes apparent.
Though there are many more car parts that need to be replaced regularly or semi-regularly, these are among the most important to keep an eye on. If you keep up with your regular maintenance on these parts, you can save yourself much larger and more costly repairs down the line.