4 Car Parts That Wear Out Even if You Don’t Drive a Lot

Some people believe that driving less is the key to prolonging the life of their car. Unfortunately, some car parts wear out even if the vehicle is sitting in the garage most of the time. This is why it’s important to bring your car in for a tune-up even if it’s only used occasionally for running local errands.

Car Parts Prone to Wear

1. Batteries

Over time, batteries gradually evaporate fluid, especially if they are not used a lot. An aging battery is also prone to leaks and corrosion. Replace the battery every four to five years instead of waiting until the battery croaks.

2. Timing Belt

The timing belt is made from rubber. Rubber degrades over time due to the constant contraction and expansion caused by temperature fluctuations. A belt that snaps while the car is in operation can cause damage to the engine valves.

3. Fuel Pump

The fuel pump can fail without warning. It should be inspected every 60,000 miles. Signs of a worn fuel pump include engine sputter at high speed and jerking during acceleration from a stop. These symptoms can be eliminated by a trained mechanic during a routine maintenance.

4. Tires

Tires wear with rough use, such as constantly driving over potholes and not keeping them inflated to the recommended PSI. However, tires are also made from rubber, which as just pointed out, is vulnerable to contractions and expansions from temperature changes. As a rule of thumb, you should inspect the tires annually once they reach the six-year age mark.

We’ll Know When It’s Time to Replace a Part

Schedule your car for a tune-up at Chuck’s Auto Repair. An inspection will identify any parts that are near the end of their lifespan. Schedule your inspections according to the vehicle’s user manual, regardless of how often you drive. Some car parts wear out even if you don’t frequently use them.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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