Find the most frequently bought and best selling auto parts and accessories here. Cars are made of many small and large mechanical moving parts. Besides continuous movement, many vehicle parts are frequently exposed to harsh temperatures changes, corrosive chemicals, frequent stress and strains, friction and are even exposed to outdoor weather. Parts such as brake pads, fluids, sensors, filters, suspension, etc often need to be replaced periodically, to ensure your car remains in top driving condition, year after year!
To keep your car in top condition, it is important to change the following components in your car in time:
Engine Oil and Oil Filter – every 5,000 to 8,000 km or twice a year. Keeps your engine well lubricated without gunk.
Windshield Wiper Blades – every 1-2 years or when they start wearing out and smearing starts.
Air filter – every 50,000 to 80,000 km or at the minimum, every 3-4 years, or City and gravel road drivers will need to change more often. Changing the filter increases your horsepower slightly.
Brake Pads – every 50,000 to 110,000 km or every 3-5 years. This can be much more frequent with stop and go traffic versus long drives on country roads, as well as bad driving habits. Also, heavy trucks burn out the pads much faster.
Battery – every 3-5 years. They wear out faster with cold Canadian climate and extreme temperature changes. Get AGM batteries for better durability.
Headlights and/or taillight bulbs – 5-7 years for filament bulbs. Xenon and LED bulbs generally last much longer, but LEDs tend to have problems with flicker and electronics sometimes.
Tires – every 5-7 years, more frequently if you drive more and with sharper driving. Change seasonally if you live in cold Canadian regions with lots of ice and snow, and avoid using winter tires in the summers. They will wear out faster.
Spark Plugs - Platinum and iridium plugs last 160,000 km, or about 8 years assuming 20,000 km/year mileage. Changing out one bad spark plug often is a lot of work, so mechanics tend to change the entire set. Boosts HP slightly with new good quality plugs.
Belts - A serpentine belt should last 120,000 km or 6 years, and timing belts should last at least 160,000 km or 8 years.
Brake Calipers, Wheel Cylinders and Master Cylinder – change every 160,000 km or more. Winter weather, snow, salt and sand tend to wear out these parts much faster in Canada, due to corrosion on metal and rubber.
Alternator – They can last very long, so only replace if it gets faulty (happens after 6 years frequently). Their failure is often mixed up with a battery failure.
Fuel Pump – Replace only if it fails (usually only after 6 years of use). Avoid running on very low gas, for better longevity.
Water pump – This is frequently recommended for change along with timing belt, around 120,000 km. This keeps the coolant running.
Fuses – Ensure your new fuse is the same amp rating as the old one, otherwise it may lead to a dangerous fire in other components. Usually they are protected inside a fuse box under the hood, so try to make sure the box is insulated from the elements in older cars.
Engine Sensors - Most sensors last over 200,000 km, and fail more in older cars. A check engine light can be diagnosed to a failed sensor, such as an oxygen sensor or mass airflow sensors.
Muffler - stainless steel mufflers last 10 years or 160,000 km with care. Salt, sand and fluctuating weather can lower its life significantly.
Shocks & Struts – Shocks and struts can last very long. Older cars may occasionally have damage requiring replacements. However, they do become softer as they age, changing the handling feel of a car.
Clutch – Can last beyond 160,000 km with normal driving. Avoid aggressive driving and towing to reduce wear and tear on this component.
Automatic Transmission – Newer ones last the lifetime of a vehicle. However, failures do appear occasionally after 110,000 km on. Again, avoid aggressive driving and towing to enhance transmission life. Always change the fluid in time to avoid problems later on.