How to Determine What Replacement Parts You Need for Your Car

How to Determine What Replacement Parts You Need for Your Car

Whilst cars are essential for a lot of families, they unfortunately decline in value when not kept in top condition. Car models that come from manufacturers like Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota, all Japanese companies, have parts that are both expensive and difficult to find.

You’ll know that it’s time to take your car to a mechanic when things start going south with it. The first is obviously the way your car is handling on the road. If you start to experience a shaky or bumpy ride or have a stiff or poor steering response accompanied by a screeching noise. Then you know you’re in trouble. Also it might be time to start replacing parts in your vehicle after you reach 100,000 kms.

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The first thing you should do is perform a visual inspection. So pop that hood of your car and take a look at the shocks, struts and mounts. Do they look dented or damaged? Also check for any kind of fluid leak either above or under the car. While you’re at it, take a look at your tires and check for signs of odd looking wear patterns, which may indicate a bigger problem. Check the brakes as well. Sometimes, the brake pads may need replacing. These usually aren’t as expensive as having to replace the entire brake system. When would this occur? If you’ve been riding around with the brake pads practically spent for a while. You could end up damaging the entire brake and steering system in the process. If you’ve noticed a lot of swaying or leaning while turning or changing lanes, you’ll probably need new shock absorbers and struts.

When you take a vehicle to a mechanic, chances are that the spare parts you’ll need won’t be there. So they’ll have to order it from an auto repair store, which may either not have the spare part or have them but at a high price. In most cases you can opt to search for the piece at a junkyard or salvage depot with abandoned parts. You do not need to do that any more, Daks toyota Uganda can supply you with genuine toyota spareparts and are also authorised dealers of Toyota spare parts in Uganda. At Daks Toyota, we also do vehicle servicing.

Once you’ve bought the piece needed from Daks Toyota Limited, you can replace that damaged, corroded or worn out part with the new part. Now unless you have the expertise to understand the inner workings of a car, it’s best to leave it to a professional mechanic, here at Daks toyota, we have one of the best and most qualified certified toyota mechanics in Uganda. It’s important not to go at it alone because in many cases, we think that replacing one part will fix the problem. But often enough, one refurbished spare part may not work well with the rest of the pre-existing parts in the car’s engine. So you could ultimately do more harm than good. Leave that work to your personal mechanic if you trust him enough. You could as well leave it with the daks Toyota Specialists at an affordable fee.

It’s important to identify what parts need replacement and finding a genuine company that can get you the right parts for the particular model of your car. After all, you wouldn’t put a part that’s meant for a Nissan inside a Mitsubishi engine, would you?
For better quality services and genuine toyota parts, visit daks toyota limited or leave us a message on our contact us form.

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  • Jamie Wrimer
    January 14, 2016, 2:09 am REPLY

    I like what this article mentions about doing a visual inspection. I think this could be an easy way of spotting what might be causing my car to make this noise. Each morning when I start my car when it has been sitting, it will make a slapping noise as if one of the belts is torn. I’ll definitely have to look at it and have it fixed if it looks bad. Thanks for sharing!

    • dakstoyota@Jamie Wrimer
      January 14, 2016, 6:29 am REPLY

      You are welcome, thanks for appreciating the article.

  • Nathan Johnson
    February 11, 2016, 5:41 pm REPLY

    I have been driving a toyota matrix since 2006. It has been a very reliable car for all these years. Just recently, I have noticed some weird shaking going on with the steering wheel. I will try to do a visual inspection like you said, and hopefully the problem is easily fixed. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Lillian Schaeffer
    March 4, 2016, 8:34 pm REPLY

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to start with a visual inspection to make sure your car is in good condition. It’s been a while since I’ve looked closely at my car to see if there are any visual problems, but I think something is leaking now. I’ll definitely look and see if I can determine what the problem is, then I’ll take it in to a shop to have it repaired. Thanks for the great post!

  • Lillian Schaeffer
    March 4, 2016, 8:35 pm REPLY

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to start with a visual inspection to make sure your car is in good condition. It’s been a while since I’ve looked closely at my car to see if there are any visual problems, but I think something is leaking now. I’ll definitely look and see if I can determine what the problem is, then I’ll take it in to a shop to have it repaired. Thanks for the great post!

  • Patricia Anderson
    March 24, 2016, 8:57 pm REPLY

    So you mentioned we should do a visual inspection of our car to see if it needs any spare parts. I don’t think I’m experienced enough to look and actually know. I’m a little worried to take it into a dealer and ask because they might say it needs more then it does. That is probably the only thing I can do because when I open the hood of my car it looks great! I’ll take it to a shop to see what it needs, thanks.

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