Tuesday, June 18, 2019

3 Expenses You Might Run into as Your Car Ages

No matter what kind of car you drive or how well it is built, it will naturally become more prone to certain kinds of damage over time. The protective coatings on metal parts begins to wear away, making them more susceptible to rust. 

The rubber that hoses and belts are made of also becomes more brittle with age, which makes them more susceptible to breakage. In many cases, the wearing down of one part can create a chain reaction that can have an impact on entire systems. Here are three expenses you might run into as your car ages.

Timing Belt

The timing belt or chain controls the timing of the valves in an internal combustion engine by connecting the crankshaft to the camshaft. Some cars will have a timing chain while others will have a timing belt. 

Timing chains generally do not need to be replaced, but timing belts generally need to be replaced every 100,000 miles. It is also important for car owners to be aware that there are two kinds of belts that work on different types of engines. If your car has an interference engine and your timing belt were to break while driving, it can have severe repercussions on the engine itself. 

If you don’t have an interference engine, however, and your timing belt were to break, your engine would just stop running but there would not be much damage. It’s always better to get a timing belt replaced before it breaks, but it is critical on a vehicle with an interference engine.

Windshield Replacement

No matter how carefully you maintain your car, over time your windshield is likely to become covered with a constellation of microscopic cracks, pits, chips and dings. Each of these small imperfections weakens the overall integrity of your windshield. 

Small cracks and chips can be temporarily sealed with a special sealant to keep them from spreading, but eventually, you are simply going to need to get your windshield replaced. The good news is, many auto glass replacement services will come right to you and can even replace your window while you are at work or doing other things.

Brake Replacement

Brake pads are essentially like disposable linings that help to protect your actual brakes. Brake pads should be replaced roughly every 50,000 miles, but some may need to be replaced as frequently as every 25,000 miles. 

Some signs that your brake pads need to be replaced are a squealing or squeaking noise when you brake or your car becomes jittery. Getting your brake pads checked and replaced as necessary will help extend the life of your drums and rotors but even those will need to be replaced eventually.

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