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How long do car-parts live?

To put it simply, diamonds are forever, not car parts. Car parts have expiry dates. So if you are having issues with your car and got sick and tired thinking about what went wrong, maybe it’s not their fault, rather it’s time for a replacement.

Learning about the life spans of different car parts can give you a heads up on what car hazard is on its way to you next. So, here’s what you need to know about the average life span of some of the most important parts in your car:


This is one of the most important parts in your car. So, how long is long enough for an engine? Quite a few factors go into that decision actually, which makes it a bit hard to put a concrete number of miles or years on how long it will last. Typically, 150,000 to 350,000 miles is the range.

Also the maintenance schedule plays a great role in your engine’s life span. It needs fresh fluid, good exhaust and clean filters to run well. Overlooking these factors will make your engine work harder, therefore shortening its life span. Other than this, heavy loads, driving at top speeds, using hard brakes too often, factors as such add into the faster abrasion of your engine too.

Timing Belt

Typically, a timing belt lasts between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. The exact life span depends on your car and your engine. The belt will break down as the rubber decomposes, while you can’t do anything to prevent it, you can save yourself some bucks by replacing the timing belt regularly. Wait until the timing belt breaks, and you are looking at bigger expenses. The engine gets damaged, and that will cost you even more.


How long a starter lasts varies wildly. However, a starter should last as long as the car itself if you maintain it well. Keep your car tuned up to prolong the life of the starter. If the spark plugs fail, you will have to crank your car more before it will start, which will wear down the starter faster. However, if the maintain your car well, your starter should last a long time.


Depending upon how many electrical components are in your car and how hard you run the car, an alternator lasts between 40,000 miles and 100,000 miles. It’s wise to have your alternator assessed when you bring your car in for maintenance.

Brake Pads

Typically, brake pads last between 30,000 miles and 70,000 miles. There are several factors that affect the life span of the brake pads. Factors like braking hard and quickly too often, driving in extreme climates or driving on muddy or rocky terrain will wear your brake pads down more quickly. Other than this, the quality of the brake pads also has a big influence too. The higher the quality, the longer it lasts.

If you need any car part replaced, Burleigh Auto Recyclers are the largest used auto parts supermarket. We provide you with the highest-quality automotive parts that can get your vehicle running again. Call us with any queries or issues you have and we will be happy to assist.