10 wear-and-tear prone car parts

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Nov 10, 2010

Suspension arms are most prone to simple wear and tear, a specialist insurance company said.

In its list of the top 10 car parts that are most likely to wear out, Warranty Direct said suspension arms require repairs due to wear-related failures in three- to seven-year old vehicles. Suspension arms make up 5.86 percent of repair works, followed by ball joints at 3.89 percent.

10 car parts that will most likely need repairs due to wear and tear
Component Percentage of all repairs
Suspension arms 5.86%
Ball joint 3.89%
Steering rack 3.88%
Turbo 2.18%
Water pump 2.07%
Wheel bearings 1.86%
Fuel pump 1.38%
Flywheel 1.05%
Injector 0.86%
Automatic gearbox 0.38%

 

With these findings, Warranty Direct advises car owners to check the level of coverage for their vehicle’s warranty and insurance since "wear and tear exclusions mean the consumer is left to foot the bill for worn out parts."

"It's not reasonable to expect manufacturer warranties to cover parts that wear out but, on the flip side, 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," said Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct.

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