Top 5 Car Spare Parts You Should Be Checking Regularly

  09 Aug 2021

Top 5 Car Spare Parts You Should Be Checking Regularly

As a driver, you should always send your vehicle for maintenance on time. However, there are times when certain car parts wear off earlier than we expected, which could then result in serious damage further down the entire system.

While you don't necessarily have to know every inner working of your car. In this article, we have listed down the top 5 key car parts that you should be checking regularly.

By learning how to recognize the signs below, you can save yourself a ton of trouble (and money) by preventing serious damage further down the system.


Lower Arm

If you enjoy smooth rides and accurate control when you're driving, you need a sturdy control arm. A vehicle’s lower control arms are what ensure a smooth cornering and treading when you’re driving through bumps and potholes.

One of the very first symptoms your control arms requires attention is the vibration of your steering wheel. Clunking noises are another indicator of possible problems with your vehicle’s control arms.


Shock Absorber

Every time your vehicle turns or goes over a bump, the shock absorber comes into play by preventing unwanted spring motion. With a high-quality shock absorber, you will hardly notice any shaking and bouncing on the road.

A worn or damaged shock absorber is unable to keep your vehicle’s tyres firmly on the road surface, causing your steering wheel to vibrate constantly. Another sign you should be aware of is uneven wear on your tyres. At times, you may also feel that your tyres do not respond to braking as they should.


Drive Shaft

From trucks and SUVs to compact cars and sedans, a drive shaft is responsible for powering your vehicle down the road. It is a rod-like component that transmits torque from your vehicle's engine to the wheels.

When you’re experiencing difficulty in turning, vibrations from under the vehicle, or your vehicle shudders upon acceleration, it’s time you give your drive shaft a check at the mechanic.


Timing Belt

The timing belt is a belt that controls the camshafts in your vehicle’s engine, opening and closing valves at just the right time for a smooth operation. The timing belt has teeth that turn the camshaft in time with the crankshaft. Some cars and trucks use timing chains or gears, which are more durable. Not all engines have a timing belt and it is commonly found only in cars and SUVs.

If your engine has a hard time starting or there’s oil leaking from the front of the motor, that may be an indication that your timing belt is wearing out or has broken.


Wheel Hub

A properly working wheel hub assembly prevents you from feeling wobbling and vibrations. The easiest tell-tale sign of a failing wheel hub is unusual noises: growling, rumbling or clunking when you’re turning a corner. Sometimes, you may feel some looseness in the steering wheel as well. When it’s time to replace a wheel hub assembly on a vehicle, it’s important to use a high-quality replacement unit.

All in all, you should never ignore weird noises from your vehicle. If you have a hunch that something is wrong, always seek professional help.


If you’re in need of a car part change, Saiko can be of aid! We are the largest automotive spare parts supplier in Malaysia with a broad distribution network of over 500 dealers operating across the country, where customers can attain quality car parts that meet OEM standards, along with a 1-year warranty.

For more details, don’t hesitate to contact us.