5 Most Replaced Chevy Parts
Car parts need a replacement for many reasons, ranging from accidents to regular wear and tear and most every circumstance in between. You may wonder, what are the most often replaced parts? Our team at Sweeney Chevrolet invites you to learn about the five of the most often replaced Chevy parts, the timing and reasons behind the need for replacement, and ways you may be able to extend the life of your Chevy’s components.
Regular Maintenance Components
Some parts are replaced as part of predictable, regular maintenance that’ll keep your vehicle on the road longer. These maintenance components are changed out at different intervals, some of which may vary based on the manufacturer’s recommendations and how the vehicle is used. Some of the most often replaced Chevy parts during regular maintenance include these six components:
- Oil filters are replaced at every oil change, ranging from 3,000 to 15,000 miles depending on the oil type or full-synthetic oil used. In addition to varying based on the type of oil and filter used, the schedule may change for vehicles that aren’t driven often or are subject to extreme weather or heavy towing.
- Air and cabin filters should be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles to ensure clean air gets to the engine for smooth running and a fresh air supply for the interior. Dusty roads and other hazards can reduce air filter and cabin filter life spans.
- Brake pads wear every time you use your brakes and will eventually need replacement before they lead to damage or failure of other brake components. Avoiding heavy braking, especially at high speeds, can lengthen the life span of brake pads. Be mindful of grinding or squeaking noises or if the feel of your brake changes, which may be signs of brake issues.
- Most batteries have a typical lifespan of about three to five years, depending on the type and quality. Extreme heat and cold, as well as leaving lights or devices on when away, can lead to a dead battery. It’s wise to carry a jumper pack or jumper cables. A battery that goes dead for no apparent reason should be checked and probably replaced.
- Belts that operate multiple things, such as power steering and the alternator, wear down over time and should be monitored. They typically last 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
- Spark plugs provide the internal combustion for your engine and can last 30,000 to 100,000 miles depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines. They’re usually replaced during tune-ups.
Another Chevy part that gets replaced most frequently is your tires. You should have your tires regularly inspected, such as at every oil change, to ensure the tread is sufficient and wear isn’t uneven. Tires last about 30,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on the type, quality, and driving habits. Regularly rotating tires at every other oil change can increase tire life. Rotated tires wear evenly, while careful acceleration and driving can reduce wear and tear.
Lights and Fuses
Lights and fuses are the third most replaced Chevy parts. They can wear out over time or burn out due to road hazards or underlying mechanical issues. Headlights are essential; if one burns out, they should be replaced in pairs to ensure even lighting. Brake lights, side marker lights, turn signals, license plate lights, and internal lights wear out with time.
It’s wise to check headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to ensure safety and prevent being pulled over by the police. Some lights are easy to replace at home, while others may require specialized tools or components. New LED technology means longer-lasting lights but may require purchasing specialized parts.
Fuses, located under the hood, under the dash, or a combination of both places, can blow and leave you without power windows or other components. It’s a good idea to carry a spare fuse kit and fuse removal tool in case of unexpected failure. A fuse that repeatedly blows could mean a short in a circuit or a worn power window motor, issues that require an expert diagnosis.
Brake Rotors and Hydraulic Components
While brake pads are commonly replaced every few years due to wear, neglecting worn brake pads or simply many miles of driving can wear down rotors, making brakes perform unevenly and producing a pulsing sensation on the brake pedal. In addition to rotors, other components such as hydraulic calipers, rubber brake hoses, metal brake lines, and related hardware are subject to wear and damage from road hazards or accidents.
Listen for unusual brake sounds or performances that could indicate an issue. Neglected brake maintenance can lead to costly repairs, part replacement, and unsafe driving conditions. While rotors are sometimes replaced along with brake pads if worn, other parts, like calipers, may last throughout the life of your vehicle without needing replacement.
It’s almost inevitable that your windshield will suffer a crack or ding from a rock or other flying debris on the road at some point, placing it in the number five spot for most replaced Chevy parts. Accidents could cause more extensive shattering to the windshield or other glass. While you can help prevent scratches by regularly cleaning your windshield, cracks and further damage weaken the surface and must be addressed immediately.
If you must drive with a cracked windshield, avoid operating the defroster in cold weather, which makes cracks spread quickly. Minor dings may be fixable, but larger cracks require a complete replacement. The good news is that most insurance policies cover glass replacement.
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If you need any scheduled maintenance or any potential issues checked out, contact our service department for details on the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Chevrolet parts we use, including engine and drivetrain systems, suspension, brakes, and body parts or accessories. Check out our Parts department, where we have and install a wide selection of OEM parts, from hard-to-find trim pieces to regular maintenance items such as tires and brake pads.
Schedule your service online today or call Sweeney Chevrolet’s service department at 330-685-9047 to schedule service. We’re here for you Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find us at 8010 Market St. in Boardman, Ohio, for all your service and Chevy part needs.