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What Are the Usual Car Replacement Parts You Can Expect to Need

    Replacement car parts are inevitable in your lifetime as a car owner. Extreme conditions prevail, accidents happen and the normal wear and tear of a vehicle adds up. Discount Parts Monster makes it easy to substitute parts, including Lexus OEM replacement parts. We have compiled a list of the 17 most common parts vehicles need to have replaced. Read along and see if we can help you find any of the following:


    1. AC Compressor. The air conditioning compressor is what enables the cooling of air inside your vehicle. If a rod or a valve inside the compressor breaks, it will stop working. The compressor can also fail as the result of a ripple effect from a peripheral problem, like a compromised engine belt.

    2. Air filter. To keep your breathing air clean and your fuel efficiency in check, replace the air filter every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Some filters clog up more quickly depending on the roads drivers use, so if someone suggests an air filter replacement, take their advice. It is a reasonable price to pay to keep your car in shape.

    3. Alternator. An alternator keeps your battery charged so not only is it essential, but a high functioning one will improve the lifespan of your battery and overall vehicle electrical system. A sign of a bad alternator could be the loss of charging capacities in your car. However, many symptoms of a failed alternator are similar to symptoms caused by other malfunctions. Before you replace the pricey part, have the alternator tested to ensure that it is broken.

    4. Battery. A battery cannot last forever and we promise, it won’t. If you live in a cold climate, you can expect to swap out your battery more often. Battery assembly is doable on your own, too.

    5. Belts. The serpentine belt keeps all systems a go in your vehicle, so be sure to replaced it every 75,000 miles.

    6. Brake pads. Your driving style and type of driving on a regular basis determine how often your brake pads need to be replaced, but it is generally recommended every 30,000-70,000 miles.

    7. Engine sensors. Once you drive past 150,000, make sure to have your engine sensor replaced. You will typically see a light come on in the car that notifies you of the need. If you see this light, do not ignore it!

    8. Fuel pump. The fuel pump is always running, which makes it prone to damage. One cause of the problem is constantly running on low fuel level. This decreases the pump’s lubrication and eventually, dries it up so much that it fails.

    9. Head gasket. The head gasket closes engine cylinders off so that coolant stops flowing and oil does not leak. When a gasket blows, coolant can leak and the engine can overheat. If you see white smoking escaping the exhaust pipe or discolored oil seeping from the car, you’ve probably got a head gasket to replace.

    10. Headlight and taillight bulbs. Depending on use of lights, bulbs might only need to be switched every five to seven years. You can get a ticket for a bad light, and it is also dangerous to drive without them. Lights let other vehicles and passengers know you are on the road, and they allow you to safely navigate routes in the early morning and late evening.

    11. Motor. Internal damage to an engine is usually irreparable, deeming a new one necessary. Problems with rods, valves and the oil system can lead to a blown motor. Engines become especially prone to injury and fatality as the miles stack up past 150,000. A blown motor comes with a hefty price tag, so while we hope it is not a problem you ever encounter, it is certainly not one that can be ignored. If your car requires a new engine, it is a good idea to inspect the remaining, operable parts of the vehicle. If these also suggest repair needs in the near future, it might be worth considering a new vehicle. Be sure to analyze the value of your car against the cost of repairs.

    12. Oil and Oil Filter. The oil filter ensures that the fluid is well maintained and clean for the vehicle. It should be changed every six months, or depending on how much you drive, every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

    13. Spark plugs. Replacing plugs is not terribly common before 100,000 miles, but they are important to replenish to keep the engine safe.

    14. Tires. Tires typically require replacement around every six years, but the way you drive can dramatically alter that lifespan. Stopping abruptly often and driving, generally, aggressively will wear on the strength of your tires’ rubber. If you drive cautiously and still run into premature tire deficiency, your wheel misalignment might be off.

    15. Transmission. A transmission replacement is not a fun reality to face, and there are some steps you should take to avoid it. Monitoring the transmission fluid is one of the most effective ways to keep your transmission from failing. When the fluid does not get changed every two to three years, it can overheat and adversely impact the transmission. Driving habits, such as riding the clutch, can lead to severe effects on a manual transmission. This replacement comes at a high price, so it will be worth investigating the value of your car before purchasing any new item.

    16. Windshield wiper blades. No need to replace the wiping system, opt for new blades to keep the cleaning system efficient and your windshield dazzling and clear.

    That’s quite the list we’ve run through! This should indicate how common it is to need replacement parts. Vehicles are extremely powerful and resilient, but unfortunately, they have no regenerative properties. That’s okay! Discount Parts Monsters keeps car parts such as Acura replacement parts affordable and easy to swap out.