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Engine and Gearbox

These two fundamental components are responsible for the initial power and transfer to the wheels, and there are essential maintenance items that must be completed at specific times; which is why we generally have our vehicles serviced every six months depending on use. Internal combustion engines, regardless of fuel source, require engine oil, to lubricate any moving parts. This oil will lose its effectiveness over time and with use, so should be drained and replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions; A good rule of thumb is every 10,000kms. The oil filter removes minute traces of metal particles that could damage the engine if left to continue running through the lubricating cycle and should be replaced with each oil change.  An oil change is different to an oil top up, however if your car is regularly requiring top ups of oil it can be the sign of larger issues, and should be addressed by a mechanic.

Radiator and Cooling

Your engine receives critical cooling from the radiator that continuously pumps coolant liquid around the engine block via special channels and hoses. The radiator keeps the engine bay from overheating which can cause catastrophic damage to the engine, which may be irreparable. The fan behind the radiator assists with airflow into the engine bay and is driven by a rubber belt, the fan belt, this needs to be checked regularly for correct tension and to monitor wear. Coolant levels should also be monitored on a weekly basis, and topped up as necessary.


We have all heard the statistics around tyres and their impact on the safety, handling, and comfort of your vehicle; tyres provide contact with the road and therefore maintaining them is critical. Key to this is ensuring your vehicle is fitted with the correct type and size of tyre, and with so many options, it is often advantageous to consult a professional. A visual spot check of all tyres before any journey is enough as long as you are also completing regular checks of tyre pressure each time you fill up is always a good rule of thumb. Also, be sure to take note of any bulges, debris or tread marks to ensure a longer life out of your tyres.


When you need to stop, you need to stop and quite often this can be an emergency situation so the last component you want to fail is the brakes. The small reservoir that contains the brake fluid should be checked and replenished regularly. If your brakes start to squeal under pressure or around corners, you find you’re not stopping or slowing as fast, or the vehicle wobbles under breaking, it’s time to see a professional to replace the pads.

Part Replacement

Replacement is inevitable; no part in any vehicle or machine has an infinite lifespan. Reconditioned or recycled car parts is one option for those not wanting to spend a fortune or looking for cheaper costs. It is however, important to replace parts with genuine parts recommended by the manufacturer. Perth Parts is a market leader in automotive recycling and reconditioned car parts, and we have an online search function to help you find what you need. We provide standard guarantees and we have reconditioned car parts to enable many motorists to maintain their vehicles at affordable prices.

Call our team today on (08) 9209 3900 and let us help you find your replacement parts.

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