Important Car Parts One Should Never Overlook
An average vehicle has close to 30,000 parts, if we count down to even the smallest screws, and with so many parts working in tandem to make sure the car works normally.
Amidst all these parts though, comes an important question of which of the following parts are more important as compared to other parts. But even then, there are some parts more important than others and so on. Since we can’t give the same precedence to all the parts and need to maintain some more than the others, we need to know prior about where to divert more resources or tools.
Let’s talk about some parts that are truly the most important ones when it comes to safety purpose. Because safety matters the most at the end of the day. Isn’t?
If there is a choice of choosing just one part, make sure the choice is car’s brakes, every single time. Braking system can be considered as the most important part of the car and especially the safety system.
Although, it may not be realistic to ask a novice if they can spot a gradual difference in the brake pads or rotors, and if they need to be replaced, one can obviously take the car to a mechanic to help check it. But knowing when to, is important too.
These are the indicators that one should consider before going to a mechanic to get one’s car’s brakes inspected.
- There is a constant vibration in the brake pedal as the brakes are applied
- You feel that the car is pulling sideways when the brakes are being applied
- There is a screeching/grinding noise when brakes are applied
- There is a reduced responsiveness when the brakes are applied
Next, comes the tires, a part of the car that is in constant touch with the road! Making sure that the tires are properly aligned, are inflated properly and further have a proper amount of tread to go along with it ensure that the car can be driven smoothly.
The reason tread is given weight-age is because it helps the car move with a good grip and not just slide along the road. If the tires’ tread depth is less than 1/8 of an inch, it is an appropriate time for getting the tire changed.
For finding the correct air pressure required for understanding the air pressure required in the wheels of the vehicle(it is different for every vehicle), one should refer to the car’s manual, since every manufacturer provides a stock reference for the tires inputted.
Also, the lesser the air, the more the load on the car’s engine. Hence, it is important to keep the car’s tire properly inflated. On the other hand, alignment is important for proper handling of the vehicle.
A car with a dead battery in the middle of a road is as good as a piece of junk. For ignition, the battery is required and hence, there should be ample charge in the car to initiate the ignition.
This is one of the essential parts of a vehicle and in most cases, is grossly overlooked by people. The fact that there is no warning light as such before it goes out further adds to the conundrum.
Usually, a car’s battery works for an average of four to six years or depending upon the usage pattern of a person. Hence, before leaving for a road trip, it is important to get it checked.
There are some indications that a person can pay heed to though, which will help! These indications are:
- If it takes a bit longer for a car engine to start
- Some electrical component( for example windshield vipers) malfunctions are being experienced
- Battery dashboard light
Read here for tips on How to Increase Car Battery Life
It doesn’t matter how old a particular vehicle is, it is important to keep a note of the oil levels in the car. Engine oil is required for the smooth working of a car and the lack of it can cause the engine to seize and result in a costly damaging affair.
Over time, the engine’s heat and other components turn the engine oil into a sludgy mess and cause troubles that we mentioned before.
Though the old age rule of changing the oil for every 5000 km is appropriate, with the improvement in the oils and engines, quite a few cars now can get 8,000-16,000 km between two subsequent oil changes. This is especially is semi synthetic or synthetic oil is being used. For knowing how long your vehicle can/should run before it requires an oil change, one should consult the car’s owner manual.
Again, an Air filter is another part of the engine or car in general that is often overlooked. However, overlooking the air filter comes with a high price of hindered performance.
Typically, air filters last somewhere between 25,000 -50,000 km, but every time you visit a mechanic, get them to check the air filter too. Air filters can especially be damaged by rats in particular. One may not know when the damage has occurred and continuing driving keeping the range in mind and that’ll cause troublesome issues for the car.
For someone who drives in areas that have a lot of dirt and construction going on, a person may require air filter more frequently since it can get clogged. A clogged air filter will reduce the vehicle’s mileage as well as horsepower. It’s also a better idea to check the cabin air filter for a better HVAC performance and cleaner air.