Revealed: the car parts that wear out the quickest
Published 17/11/2010 | 09:08
A NEW study has pinpointed the parts of your car most likely to be first to wear out.
Topping the list, according to the study by Warranty Direct, are suspension arms.
The research also shows that around one in three repairs to vehicles aged between three and seven years old will be because of wear.
Second on the list of wear related failures are ball joints, which are followed by the steering rack and turbochargers.
The study shows that even small parts which will wear out over time – like the bearings in a water pump – could cost motorists fairly large sums of money while larger components such as gearboxes can be costly.
Sixth on the list of parts that fail due to wear were water pumps, followed by wheel bearings, fuel pumps, flywheels, injectors and automatic gearboxes.
The statistics underline how important it is to check the small print on longer-term new car warranties and after-market policies, says Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct.
“Those with ‘wear and tear' exclusions mean the consumer is left to foot the bill for worn out parts.”
Motorists are advised to check the level of cover throughout the warranty period as it may decline as the car ages.
“It's not reasonable to expect manufacturer warranties to cover parts that wear out,” Mr McClure said.
“But motorists are not necessarily aware that as their car gets older and wear-related failures become more frequent, they won't necessarily be covered unless they have a policy that covers wear,” he added.