When to replace car parts

2016-05-18 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Regular servicing includes checking oil level, filters, air filters, spark plugs and brake pad, among other things.

PHOTO: supplied Regular servicing includes checking oil level, filters, air filters, spark plugs and brake pad, among other things.

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DON’T wait for your car to start giving trouble. Good and regular maintenance will save you money in the long run

Here’s a list of what needs replacing and when.

• Regular service items
Oil filter, air filter, spark plugs, brake pads - are replaced at 15 000km intervals, or possibly, as is the case with wiper blades, annually.

• Repair items
Shock absorbers, fan belt, clutch plate, water pump, radiator, thermostat and brake discs, etc. Some would need replacing at set intervals.

A car usually needs a new cam belt at around 100 000km for example, but other wear according to how the car is driven and road conditions.

A car driven on smooth, open roads would not need to replace shocks or clutch or pressure plates as often as one driven on hilly terrain or bumpy, rough roads with loads of stop-starting. Older cars need a lot of these repair items, so cost is critical.

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