There are around 30,000 components in every vehicle, new or old. The "most significant" one might be tough to pin down, but what is certain is that to make sure that your driving is safe, fun, and easy, you should perform regular maintenance on many of the parts in the vehicle. The following are five critical elements of your car that you should inspect frequently. With this guide, you may get a sense of how much maintenance or repairs you'll have to deal with soon.
Obviously, in addition to what we mention below, there are additional parts of an automobile that need routine maintenance. Our Highway Hero Driving Academy team always instructs our students to check the manufacturer's guidelines in the automobile handbook to see what parts need standard maintenance based on how many miles the vehicle has been driven.
Maintenance Frequency: Every 60,000 Miles
Maintenance Cost: $100-300 a year
There is an internal combustion engine in every vehicle, and the vast majority of automobiles run on gasoline. The number of cylinders of an engine is typically used to identify it, and each cylinder has a separate combustion chamber. Thus, the size of a car's engine significantly impacts its total power. The kind of gearbox and the timing of the combustion are other essential elements in determining a vehicle's capabilities. It should also go without saying that your car's engine is its beating heart, and as such, it requires routine maintenance.
Maintenance Frequency: Every 7000 miles
Maintenance/Replacement Cost: $35-$150 for 4 wheels
The braking system is one of the most crucial aspects of your automobile. The only way to tell whether you need new brake pads or rotors is to get your car checked out by a technician. However, apparent indicators indicate that your vehicle needs to be taken to a mechanic. When you press the brakes, you might hear or feel the following:
Vibrations, sluggish response, grinding and/or shrieking sounds
It "sways" to one side
Maintenance Frequency: As needed
Maintenance/ Replacement Cost: $110 – $250 on average
Keeping your tires in excellent condition is critical since they are the only portion of your car that comes into contact with the road. Properly inflated and matched tires are essential to safe driving conditions. It's time to replace your tires if the tread depth is less than 4/32 of an inch. Tip: When you take the 30-hour driving course at Highway Hero Driving Academy, you learn how to change tires!
Maintenance Frequency: Twice a year
Maintenance/ Replacement Cost: $150 – $300 depending on the type
Imagine how irritating it would be if your battery failed in the middle of nowhere when you were traveling. The battery is one of the most overlooked parts of a car because there are no signs that it will die on you. If you live in a densely populated area, it will be simple to get roadside assistance if your battery fails. If you're driving a long distance, you should get your battery checked by a professional.
What is another car part that requires regular maintenance? Let us know in the comments!