Your car’s grille assembly, the clunker and even sunroof are all parts you can use over and over without ever worrying about replacing them unless they are extremely damaged. These parts can have a little or no impact at all on your car’s safety and performance. There are however, other sensitive parts that need constant attention. They must always be in optimum condition. You must also make an effort to ensure you replace them with new ones as soon as you notice anything wrong with them. For Volvo, such parts are:
Specific Engine Components
This is exactly where the Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve or the PCCV in short, comes into the picture. It is an essential part of the emissions control system. This means its condition also affects the exhaust system. The PCCV should not at any point stick open for long. But it does sometimes which is why you must thoroughly inspect your engine at least once every month. Leaving open will allow excess air to pour into the engine. It won’t take long before the engine gets contaminated and eventually suffocates. By the time this happens, the check engine light on your dashboard will have turned on. Take no chances, replace the PCCV with a new one. The process is simple and inexpensive so you do not have to worry about spending too much.
They sit between the brake drum and the brake show. They are unique in so many aspects. For instance, without brake pads, other elements of the braking system such as rotors, discs and calipers will quickly wear out. Note that there are three main type of brake pads –organic, ceramic and metallic. They all succumb to wear and tear because each time you step on the brake pedal, friction occurs and ‘eats up’ tiny amounts of the brake pad protective coating. Before long, the pads wear out completely.
Your car will still run with worn out brake pads. However, driving it that way will be tantamount to putting your life at risk. Fortunately, you can always tell its time to replace the pads anytime you hear screeching or squealing noises coming from the tires as you brake. The indicator light on your dashboard may also turn on and remind you it’s time to replace the pads. Do not wait until then though. Inspect your brake pads often, as much as once a week. That way, wear and tear won’t catch you off-guard. Note to that even if they look good, you still have to replace them as soon as the car mileage reads 35,000 miles or more.
Generally, spark plugs should be replaced as part of preventive maintenance. This will save you money solely because driving with faulty spark plugs will ultimately damage the catalytic converter which is costly to replace. Then remember that a misfiring spark plug can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency by as much as 30%. You’ll know it’s time to replace them anytime your car has trouble starting. Other symptoms include rough idling, sudden increase in exhaust emissions and uneven power when accelerating.