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How long do brakes last? When do my spark plugs need to be replaced? (And other key car part replacement questions!)

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car getting oil change in need of part replacementPart replacement is a normal part of car ownership; after all the only way to avoid car repairs and maintenance is to park your car (which defeats the purpose of owning a car!). To help you decide when is the right time to replace important car and truck parts like brakes, spark plugs, and battery, we’ve put together this guide to help you take care of your car well.

Brakes

When to replace: Anywhere from 25-70,000 miles. The exact mileage depends on the type of brakes, driving style, type of vehicle, and amount of braking.

Signs your brakes need to be replaced:

Spark plugs

When to replace: Approximately 30,000-100,000 miles depending on the kind of spark plugs you choose. After your mechanic replaces your spark plugs the first time, stick to a strict schedule of spark plug replacement. Waiting too long to replace spark plugs can damage other parts of your vehicle. If you don’t know when it’s time to replace spark plugs, ask your mechanic to check your spark plugs at your next appointment.

Signs your spark plugs need to be replaced:

Battery

When to replace: An estimated 3-5 years. Batteries can give out at different ages, however, so it pays to be vigilant for signs of battery replacement. If your battery starts giving you warning signs within the warranty period, contact the store you purchased it from immediately.

Signs your battery needs to be replaced:

 Air filter

When to replace: About every 15-30,000 miles depending on driving conditions. If you drive through dusty areas, your air filter is going to need to be replaced every 15,000 miles.

Signs your air filter needs to be replaced: