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What, When, and How—4 Frequent Replacements Your Car Needs

Your vehicle was probably a major investment, and you need to make sure that it remains well-maintained at all times. Ignoring preventative maintenance might result in a life-threatening collision or expensive repairs that could have easily been avoided. Here is a look at four replacements that every car is going to need at some point.

Oil Filter

Most experts agree that your oil filter should be replaced every time that you change your oil, and the average car needs to have its oil changed every 3,000 miles. If you don’t use your vehicle that much, then you should have the oil changed once every three months. The primary purpose of an oil filter is to remove contaminants from the oil that is circulating through your vehicle’s engine, and a clogged filter could result in a wide variety of mechanical problems including overheating and warped engine components.

Air Filters

Your car probably has two air filters, and they both play very important roles. The cabin air filter keeps airborne toxins out your vehicle, and it should be replaced once a year or every 30,000 miles. An engine air filter removes some of the particles that are being pulled into the engine, and it needs to be replaced once a year as well. If the engine air filter becomes clogged, then it will impact the efficiency of your engine.


Many different factors must be taken into consideration when you are determining how long your vehicle’s tires are going to last. As a general rule, you should replace all four of your tires if the tread is disappearing, there are any bald spots, or there are any cracks in the sidewalls. Once your tires lose their tread, your risk of a collision will shoot through the roof. Luckily, most mechanics will inspect your tires for free whenever you have your oil changed.


A high-quality car battery could easily last for well over five years as long as you take care of your vehicle. When the battery is nearing the end of its lifespan, you might notice that your vehicle takes quite a bit of time to turn over or the interior lights get dim when you are raising or lowering your windows. In a hot environment, cheap batteries sometimes have to be replaced as often as once a year.

Even if your vehicle seems to be running fine, it still needs to be inspected by an experienced mechanic every three or four months. Your mechanic will be able to catch and repair minor mechanical issues before they become expensive or dangerous problems.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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