How to pick the right car parts
If you are good at car diagnostics and know which part to purchase, then make sure it is conducive to your car make and model. If you type in your number plate while searching car parts, then you can shop by vehicle, eliminating the parts from the search that are ineffective for your car.
However, if, like many people, you are not an expert on cars, you may want to consider taking it to a garage to have a professional take a look at it. A mechanic can tell you quickly which car part you will need to buy and even help you install it for a price. Some car parts are very easy to install by yourself at home, so it is advisable to do your research before shelling out money unnecessarily.
The most important car parts to keep your automobile in working order are:
• Engine parts, such as pistons and valves.
• Ignition components, like spark plugs and ignition wires.
• Elements of the charging system; the alternator, regulator and battery.
• Cooling system parts such as the radiator, water pump, thermostat, heater and hoses.
These are the most essential car parts, however a car part is any item that will assist with car operation, like radio parts.
Car radios and stereo systems keep you entertained and informed while driving. Models that facilitate Bluetooth are great for hands free calls and playing music from your smartphone. Some stereos have amazingly innovative features; like a touch screen, navigation, digital radio, can be linked to cameras to assist parking, USB ports or even a built in Wi-Fi modem. If you use your phone for navigation consider a phone holder, so you can safely view maps and hear direction instructions.
Car lights, bulbs and indicators are imperative; they help you see and be seen in low light and indicate your intentions to other drivers. Spare bulbs are often a good idea to keep in your car or at home.
The two most common emergencies we face are flat batteries and tyre punctures, which we can fix ourselves if we plan ahead and keep the right parts in our car. Jump start cables link to the battery of another car and give your dead battery a jump start, however jump starters that allow you to jump start your car yourself are very handy. Tyre puncture repair kits and spare tyres, along with the jack, are also very convenient, if not necessary, car parts to have.
Windscreens can get chips and cracks, so to stop the cracks spreading and damaging the rest of the glass you can purchase a windshield repair kit. Weathering damages wiper blades and reduces their effectiveness, so consider a new set if yours are getting a little worn. Fluids for windscreens, engine oil, engine coolant (antifreeze) and brake fluid are often a good idea to keep in the car or garage too.