Common Car Part Replacement Schedules

While many of the parts in your car are built to last the life of the vehicle, some parts need to be regularly replaced. Here, we will look at some general guidelines for when to replace the most common consumable parts in your vehicle.

Brake pads


Generally speaking, brake pads should last three to five years, or roughly 30,000 to 70,000. There are a few reasons there is such a wide range. Vehicle weight, brake pad material, driving conditions, and driving style all play a big role in determining brake pad life. 

Tires


Your tires are the most important safety feature on your car. Tires should last between 25,000 and 50,000 miles, depending on tire construction driving conditions, and driving style. You can easily check your tire’s remaining tread using a penny: insert the penny into the tire groove with Lincoln’s head facing the tire. If you can see his whole head, your tire has less than 2/32 inch tread left, and should be replaced. 

Spark plugs


Your spark plugs are responsible for the initial spark that creates the ignition for your car’s engine to start. Spark plugs should last around 100,000 miles under normal driving conditions. 

Windshield wiper blades


Your windshield wiper blades should always maintain full contact with your windshield along their full range of motion. Once you start seeing skips, smears, and streaks, it is time to replace them. 

Oil and oil filter


Under ideal circumstances, your oil should last between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Be sure to replace your oil and oil filter at the same time for best results. 

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