When Should You Replace Car Parts?

Car Parts

To keep your vehicle in good condition, it must have functioning parts. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a vehicle to have parts that fail over time. Knowing when to replace each part is the key to keeping your vehicle in great working condition.

Cabin Air Filter

The air filter on your vehicle is responsible for cleaning out dust, allergens, pollen, and other unwanted toxins from the air inside your car’s cabin. This keeps you and your passengers comfortable by minimizing the dust buildup inside your car.

You’ll want to change your air filter about once a year. If you live in a dusty climate with many dirt roads, you may want to change your air filter more often. If you avoid changing this filter consistently, it can hinder your air conditioner and heater from working correctly. A clogged filter can even damage your car’s air conditioner components if left too long.

Your car has another air filter that works to filter the air that is fed to your engine. All air passes through this filter to remove unwanted contaminants before it reaches your engine. It’s best to replace your engine air filter at least once a year. If you don’t, your engine will use more fuel and perform poorly.

Car Battery

Most vehicle batteries can be found underneath the hood. However, it can be stashed under a rear seat or in the truck of some select vehicle models. This battery is responsible for running all the onboard electronics in your vehicle. Most car batteries will last between three and five years.

It’s typically recommended to have your battery tested every year following its third year. If your battery tests badly or you start noticing signs of weakness in your electrical components, it’s time to consider replacing your existing car battery. If you don’t, the battery will eventually become too weak and be unable to start your car.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is the connector between hitting your brake pedal and stopping your vehicle. Brake fluid remains in a sealed reservoir, brake lines, calipers, and drums. It needs to be changed about every two years or 30,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will provide you with a more accurate estimate for the specific vehicle that you drive.

The existing brake fluid will need to be flushed out of your braking system components and replaced with fresh fluid. If you skip doing this, the old fluid can degrade. This causes it to attract moisture and form unwanted corrosion in your braking system. This will lead to a drastic reduction in performance of your braking system.

Call Us Today!

If you’re experiencing a problem with your vehicle or it’s time to upgrade an existing part, contact us at Jacky Jones Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Our helpful vehicle technicians can assist you with your car part needs.