The Ultimate Guide to Car Spare Parts

The Ultimate Guide To Car Spare Parts

Driving a car or traveling in one is part of most individual’s lives. If you look at the history of the development of automobiles, you’ll see it all started from a very basic structure and fewer auto parts. As the innovation, research and technology began in the automobile industry the cars evolved to more advanced versions. This also meant an increase in auto spare parts of the cars. 

 

Although, it is worth mentioning and clearing that more advanced vehicles would necessarily mean more parts. 

 

According to Toyota’s website, there are almost 30,000 parts in a car, this includes every part from small to large. This comes as no surprise when you take a closer look inside the parts of the car.

Car Spare Parts - Combined

Knowing about the auto spare parts of the car is essential because this would help you stay well informed about your car and moreover if you are ever stuck in some kind of emergency or problems associated with your car, you would be able to understand the problem and even come up with temporary fixes and solutions to resolve them.

 

With that said, we are now going to discuss the important spare parts of the car. The list is long and yes, you might think it is filled with automobile industry jargon. But, no. We’ve tried to use simple language so that everyone understands.

Who is this guide for?

This Auto Spare Parts guide is for:

 

  • Every car owner who wants to know about the auto parts in the car
  • Every car enthusiast and car lover.
  • Every Car nerd who wants to know about spare parts
  • Anyone who is looking to settle a debate 😆

This spare parts guide is not for technical researchers looking for in-depth technical information. It is not for advanced-level car professionals and car mechanics.

 

As said earlier, we have provided the information in simple language for the beginner level.

The Aim of this auto spare parts guide is to make you knowledgeable about the spare parts so that you know cars better.

 

The spare parts we are going to talk about can be Genuine Spare Parts, Aftermarket Spare Parts, or Accessories (Tyres/ batteries/ Modifications, etc.)

 

So now as we are clear,  just sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and get set going. 

Here is the list of Spare Parts we will be discussing:

List of Auto Spare Parts: (We update this list to cover more and more parts)

The above list is of all the auto parts we are going to discuss.

 

But when we take a closer look at the car parts, we realize that these could be divided into multiple categories.

 

Below we have segregated the auto parts into multiple categories of parts.

Car Spare Parts - Car Disassembled

List of Auto Spare Parts Based on Different Categories of Parts

Car Engine

  • Oil Filter
  • Brake Pads
  • Air Filter
  • A/C Filter
  • Spark Plug
  • Compressor
  • Fuel Filters

Electrical Parts

  • Alternator
  • Starter Motor

Transmission Parts

  • Gear Mountings
  • Gear Filter

Car Body Parts

  • Brake Pads
  • Brake Discs
  • Bumper
  • Headlights
  • Tail Lights
  • Catalytic Converter
  • Belts
  • Shock Absorbers

Fluids and Lubricants

  • Transmission Fluid
  • Engine Oil

Cooling System

  • Water Pump
  • Radiator
  • Compressor
  • Condenser
  • AC Filter

Let’s now look into each one in detail

Oil Filter

Oil Filter for Car

Where does the oil filter fit in the car?

The Oil Filter is found attached by the engine.

What are the uses of Oil Filter?

The Oil filter is used to keep out the impurities in the engine oil. 

How does the Oil filter work?

The engine oil is passed through the oil filter. If there are any impurities in the engine oil, the oil filter abstracts (and stops) the impurities. So the engine is protected by the impurities.

If the Oil Filter is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the oil filter is not replaced in time, this will have two direct impacts.

 

–  There will be clogging and the flow of oil to the engine would be limited, which would cause problems with lubrication in the engine. This might cause overheating and other major problems.

 

–  The other consequence of not replacing the oil filter in time is that the impurities enter the engine and cause damage to the engine and disrupt the operations and the process.

Advice to car owners about Oil Filter

It is recommended that you change the oil filter on every oil change interval.

Brake Pads

Brake Pads - ultimate Guide to Car Spare Parts

Where do Brake Pads fit in the car?

The Brake pads are found Inside the front tyres and the rear tyres.

What are the uses of Brake Pads?

The brake pads of the car are used to slow down or bring the vehicle to a complete halt.

How does a Brake Pad work?

The brake pads compress themselves against the brake disc. This causes strong friction. After this friction is caused the car is slowed down or stopped as per the intensity of the brake applied.

If the brake pads are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

Will create difficulties in stopping the vehicle and can cause life-threatening accidents.

 

If the brake pads are not replaced in time, there will be difficulty in stopping the vehicle. Moreover, there might be major problems like brake failure.

Advice to car owners about brake pads

To get the brake pads checked on a regular basis and get it changed once the braking of the vehicle is affected or starts making noises.

 

Brake failures have caused major accidents in the past. So it is recommended you check these on a regular basis. If your vehicle is making noises as you apply the brake, check the brake immediately.

 

Read our detailed blog on brake pads here.

Air Filter

Air Filter - Car Spare Parts

Where does the Air Filter fit in the car?

The Air Filter is found under the bonnet of the car.

What are the uses of Air Filter?

The air filter is used to filter the air which is sucked into the engine.

How does the Air Filter work?

The air filter works by filtering out all the dust and particles in the air from entering the engine. This prevents anything going wrong in the engine.

If the Air Filter is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

Air passing through it will be choked and the combustion in the engine will be affected which will cause more fuel consumption and less power.

 

If the air filter is not replaced in time, Impurities will enter the engine and this will decrease the efficiency of the engine.

Advice to car owners about Air Filter

It is recommended that you change the air filter in regular intervals as mentioned by the manufacturer.

 

Some car manufacturing brands like Toyota recommend changing once a year, other brands like Ford and Chevrolet recommend once in three years.

 

So it is best to check your car manual and also get it checked at your next regular maintenance schedule.

AC Filter

Car AC Filter - Auto Spare Parts

Where does the AC Filter fit in the car?

The AC filter is found inside the dashboard.

What are the uses of AC Filter?

The AC filter is used to filter the air circulated in the Air Conditioning of the car.

How does the AC Filter work?

The AC filter works by filtering the air passing through the air conditioning of the car and prevents dust and particles from entering the car and ensures the air inside the car is clean.

If AC Filters are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the AC filter of the car is not replaced in time, this will affect the cooling process of the Air Condition and Air blowing. Moreover, you might also get some dust particles entering the car.

Advice to car owners about AC Filters

It is recommended that you change the AC filters at regular intervals mentioned by the manufacturer.

 

Please check your vehicle manual for more details about the exact interval for your car.

Spark Plug

Spark Plug - Car Spare Parts

Where does the Spark Plug fit in the car?

The spark plug is Inside the engine of the car.

What are the uses of Spark Plug?

The spark plug causes spark (or ignition) which is used for combustion in the engine.

How does the spark plug work?

The spark plug creates an electric spark. When fuel and air is compressed in the engine and a spark is created this causes a minor blast in the engine.

If the spark plug is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the spark plug is not working properly or not replaced at the right time. It will cause misfiring in the engine which in turn will increase fuel consumption and decrease power. This reduces the efficiency of the engine. Moreover, if the spark plug is not working properly, you might have trouble starting the car.

Advice to car owners about spark plug

It is recommended that you change the spark plug at regular intervals mentioned by the manufacturer. Please check your vehicle manual for more details about the exact interval for your car.

 

Also, make sure you get your spark plugs cleaned and check at your regular maintenance schedule.

Compressor

AC Compressor of a car

Where does the compressor fit in the car?

The compressor of the car is found under the bonnet

What is the use of a compressor?

The compressor is an important part of the air conditioning system of the car. It rotates the AC gas and refrigerant coolant in the AC Cooling system.

How does a compressor work?

The compressor pulley is connected to the belt.

 

Once the compressor is required the clutch magnetizes and helps in the rotation of the AC gas and the liquid through the AC cooling system

If the compressor is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the compressor is not replaced or fixed in time, the air condition of the car will not function properly. The AC system will blow hot air.

Advice to car owners about the compressor

It is recommended that you run the Air conditioning system for at least ten minutes every week, even if it is not necessary.

 

Please get your compressor checked every two years. 

Radiator

Radiator - Car Spare Parts

Where does the Radiator fit in the car?

The radiator is found under the bonnet, behind the show grill.

What is the use of Radiator?

The radiator is used to cool down the coolant which flows through the engine.

How does the radiator work?

The coolant enters from the top side of the radiator and passes through the small grill-type pipes to cool down and exits from the bottom side.

If the Radiator is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

The radiator is important to maintain the temperature of the engine. If the radiator starts leaking it is recommended to change immediately or the engine will overheat and cause major damage to the engine.

Advice to car owners about Radiator

In order to maintain your car, you should check the radiator on a regular basis and ensure there are no leaks.

Fuel Filter

Fuel Filter - Car Spare Parts

Where do the Fuel Filters fit in the car?

The Fuel Filters can be found inside or outside the fuel tank.

What are the uses of Fuel Filter?

The Fuel Filter is used to Filter the fuel of any impurities.

How does the fuel filter work?

The fuel filter works by blocking out the impurities and letting the pure fuel pass through the filter.

What are the consequences f the fuel filters are not replaced in time?

If the fuel filters are not replaced in time, there will be clogging of impurities and debris in the filter. This will create problems in starting the car and sometimes your car might stop suddenly.

Advice to car owners about fuel filters

It is recommended that you change the fuel filter at regular intervals mentioned by the manufacturer.

 

Normally it is recommended to change it every 30,000 miles. Please check your vehicle manual for more details about the exact interval for your car.

Headlights

Headlights - Car Spare Parts

Where do Headlights fit in the car?

Headlights are found in the front of the vehicle, of course, 😅

They are the main source of light while driving in the dark

What are the uses of Headlights?

Headlights of the car are used at night time. They are also used in cases of fog or smog when the visibility is not clear. Headlights are also used to indicate an intent to change lane or turn using the indicator.

How do the Headlights work?

By shining the light ahead using the bulb(s) installed in it, there are different types of headlights with halogen bulbs, xenon bulbs, HID bulbs and recent are LED headlights

If the Headlights are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the headlines are not replaced in time, it will affect the visibility at night time or during problems with poor visibility.

Advice to car owners about headlights

It is advised to keep checking on a regular basis if all the bulbs are in working conditions. 

Sometimes the headlight cover is faded. A faded headlight causes disruption in clear light. Get it cleaned for better visibility. 

 

On a side note, you can use toothpaste to clean your headlight.

Tail Lights

Tail Lights - Brake Lights - Car Spare Parts

Where do Tail Lights fit in the car?

The taillights are found at the rear end of the vehicle. No Brainer!

What are the uses of Taillights?

The taillights are used to indicate if the car is using the brakes or the driver intends to go in the reverse direction.

How do tail lights work?

When the driver uses the brake, the stoplight, and the taillight light up. 

 

If the driver shifts the gear in reverse the reverse light and taillight light up.

If tail lights are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

The driver behind you will not know your intent to slow down or stop. It will also not communicate when you get your vehicle in reverse gear. This could sometimes cause serious problems.

Advice to customers about tail lights

If the tail light is not working you shouldn’t ignore it. Because if you are stopping your car urgently for some reason and someone behind you is having no indications, this could cause accidents.

 

Please keep checking on a regular basis if all the bulbs are in working condition.

Shock Absorbers

Shock Absorber - Car Spare Parts

Where do Shock Absorbers fit in the car?

The Shock Absorbers are found near the tyres of the car, under the fender.

What are the uses of Shock Absorbers?

Shock absorbers are used to prevent vehicles from shaking on uneven roads.

How does the Shock Absorbers work?

The shock absorbers expand and compress depending on the speed breakers, bumps, potholes, or crevices in the road which might cause the disturbance while driving.

If Shock Absorbers are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

The ride will be very uncomfortable for the driver and the passengers and will cause further damage to the suspensions

Advice to customers about Shock Absorbers

It is important that you keep a check on your shock absorbers and if they are faulty, fix it immediately. As a bad shock absorber might create health problems in the spine for the driver and the passengers.

Ignition Coil

Car Ignition Coil - Car Spare Parts

Where do Ignition Coils fit in the car?

The Ignition Coils are above the engine, connected to the spark plugs.

What are the uses of Ignition Coils?

The Ignition coil is used to give the spark plug the current required to create the spark.

How do Ignition Coils work?

In modern vehicles, the Ignition coils are connected with the wire harness which passes the timely current to the Ignition coils which is passed to the spark plugs to cause a spark for combustion

 

When the ignition key is turned on, low voltage flows to the coils from the battery. Once the primary winding of the ignition coil receives current, a magnetic field is created. Now, this is used to provide the required current to the spark plug.

If the Ignition Coils are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the ignition coils are not replaced in time this will cause misfiring in the engine and reduce the efficiency of the engine. Moreover, if the ignition coils are not working well, the spark plug will also not work well, this might even lead to problems in starting the engine or stopping your car suddenly.

Advice to customers about Ignition Coils

If it is detected that the ignition coils should be changed, please change them as soon as possible.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission Fluid - Car Spare Parts

Where does Transmission Fluid fit in the car?

The transmission fluid is inside the transmission assembly of the car.

What are the uses of Transmission Fluid?

The transmission fluid is used to keep the transmission assembly, including gears lubricated.

How does Transmission Fluid work?

The Transmission fluid is in the form of lubrication. It lubricates the mechanical gears in the transmission and prevents it from causing any friction and runs the transmission smoothly.

If Transmission Fluid is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the transmission fluid is not refilled or replaced in time, the fluid over the period of time will deteriorate.

 

Once the transmission fluid is reached a lower level it will not prevent friction between the gears. This will cause the transmission to fail or damage the complete transmission.

Advice to customers about Transmission Fluid

It is recommended that you change the transmission fluid at regular intervals mentioned by the manufacturer. Please check your vehicle manual for more details about the exact interval for your car.

Condensor

Car Condenser - Car Spare Parts

Where does the Condenser fit in the car?

The condenser is found under the bonnet, behind the show grill.

What are the uses of Condensers?

The condenser is used to cool down the AC gas.

How does the Condenser work?

The AC gas enters the Condenser and passes through the small grill type pipes. When the AC gas passes through the pipes, it coles down the temperature.

If Condenser is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the condenser is not working properly, especially if there is a leak, the air condition of the car will not blow cold air.

Advice to customers about Condenser

If your condenser goes bad in winter, you can certainly ignore it for a while. As there is very minimal use of cold AC in winters. You will have to make it a priority to repair or fix condensers in the summers.

Belts

Timing Belt - Car Spare Parts

Where does the Belts fit in the car?

There are mainly two belts in the car. One is the Timing Belt and another one is the Serpentine belt. 

 

Both are found attached to the main engine of the car

What are the uses of belts?

The timing belt synchronizes the crankshaft and the camshaft

 

The serpentine belt runs through many pulleys and provides main power from the engine to many parts

How does the car belt work?

The belt is connected with the main pulley. When the main pulley rotates, in turn, all the other pulleys in the vehicle are rotated.

If the car belts are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the belts are not replaced in time, they may slip on the pulleys which can affect the performance of the vehicle and create squealing noises. Also can cause the vehicle to stop.

Advice to customers about car belts

If you can easily spot these two signs about damaging the belt, you should immediately replace it. One is cracks on the belt and the other is that the belt makes squealing noises.

Water Pump

Car Water Pump - Auto Parts

Where does the Water Pump fit in the car?

The water pump is found under the bonnet of the car along with other spare parts assemblies.

What are the uses of water pump?

The water pump is used to circulate the coolant through the engine and the cooling system.

How does the Water Pump work?

The water pump is connected with a belt. As the belt rotates, there is a circulation of the coolant passing through it.

If the Water Pump is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the water pump is not replaced in time, this will cause the engine to overheat as coolant will not pass through quickly.

Advice to customers about Water Pump

If you have a faulty water pump, replace it immediately as taking this casually will make your engine overheat. If you let your engine overheat too often for too long, this might create other major problems with your engine.

Alternator

Car Alternator - Spare Parts

Where does the Alternator fit in the car?

The alternator is found under the bonnet, next to the engine.

What are the uses of Alternator?

The alternator is used to generate the electric power for all the electronic applications inside the car and also in recharging the battery.

How does the alternator work?

The alternator pulley is connected to the belt which rotates the rotor inside the alternator coil which generated power for the vehicle electronics and recharges the battery also

 

The rotor of the alternator is connected with the belt. As the belt rotates, this creates rotatory motion in the alternator as well. There is a magnetic field inside the alternator and this is induced in the coils inside the alternator. This generates electricity. This electricity is used to run the electronic appliances and recharge the battery of the car.

If the Alternator is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the alternator is not replaced or repaired the vehicle electronics will not function properly. The battery will also not be charged.

Advice to car owners about Alternator

The alternator should be replaced or repaired if it is not working. It seems like there is nothing in major correlation with ignoring the alternator. But when the alternator is not working, the battery remains uncharged.

As the battery drains completely, you will have problems in the ignition of spark in the spark plug as well. This might lead to problems with starting your car.

Gear Filter

Gear Filter - Car Spare Parts

Where does the Gear Filter fit in the car?

The gear filter is found inside the transmission assembly of the car. It is also known as a transmission oil filter.

What are the uses of Gear Filter?

A gear filter is used to filter the Gear oil (the transmission fluid) from any particles or debris.

How does Gear Filter work?

The gear oil passes through filter mesh in the gear filter which does not allow the particles to pass.

If Gear Filter is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the gear filter or the transmission fluid filter is bad, The gear oil (the transmission fluid) will not filter and cause damage to the transmission. This will also reduce the efficiency of your transmission assembly.

Advice to customers about Gear Filter

It is recommended that you change the gear filter at regular intervals mentioned by the manufacturer. Please check your vehicle manual for more details about the exact interval for your car.

Brake Disk

Brake Discs - Car Spare Parts

Where do Brake Discs fit in the car?

The brake discs are found in the inner side of the front and rear tyres.

What are the uses of Brake Discs?

The brake discs are used to slow down the vehicle or to bring the vehicle to a complete halt.

How do the Brake Discs work?

The brake discs work by compressing the brake pads to the tyres. This causes friction which slows down the vehicle and if applied with more intensity the vehicle is brought to halt.

If the Brake Discs are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the brake discs are not replaced or fixed in time, this will create difficulties in stopping the vehicle, also known as brake failure. This can cause life-threatening accidents.

Advice to customers about Brake Discs

It is recommended that you replace the brake discs after 3 disc polishes. 

Bumpers

Car Bumper

Where do the Bumpers fit in the car?

The bumpers are found at the Front end and the back end of the vehicle.

What are the uses of Bumpers?

Bumpers are used to maintain the exterior look of the vehicle and protect the vital parts and assembly from accidents.

How do the Bumpers work?

The bumpers work in absorbing the impact of the front end and the rear end of the car and reduce the low-speed collision impairment.

If the Bumpers are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If your bumper is damaged and you are not replacing it in time, you are risking the protection of your car. Moreover, you might also feel the energy generated in slow speed impacts.

Advice to car owners about Bumpers

If you notice any cracks in your bumper or if you notice any damaged tabs and clips that are attached with the bumper. It is a sign you should immediately replace your car bumper.

Catalytic Converter

Catalytic Converter - Car Spare Parts

Where does the Catalytic Converter fit in the car?

The Catalytic Converter is found at the rear end of the vehicle.

What is the use of a Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter is used to maintain the exhaust of the vehicle. It reduces the harmful gases from the exhaust of the vehicle.

How does the Catalytic Converter work?

The catalytic converter works by changing the harmful substances and gases from the exhaust of the vehicle. This is done by chemical reactions inside the catalytic converter. Harmful gases like nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen dioxide are converted to less harmful substances like carbon dioxide and water vapours.

If the Catalytic Converter is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the catalytic converter is not replaced in time, the exhaust fumes of the car will be extremely harmful to the environment and moreover, the fumes will be dark and ugly.

Advice to customers about Catalytic Converter

If you ever notice dark fumes from the exhaust of your vehicle, please get it checked. If the car mechanic recommends changing your catalytic converter, change it, as the gases from the exhaust are extremely harmful to humans, the environment, and climate change.

Engine Mounting

Engine Mounting - Car Engine

Where does the Engine mounting fit in the car?

The Engine Mounting is found around the engine.

What is the use of Engine Mounting?

Engine Mounting is used to Support the engine and reduce engine vibration effects.

 

The image shown above is for reference, it is not the actual picture of the mount. 

How does the Engine Mounting work?

The engine mountings work to ensure there is no direct metal to metal contact between the engine and the car body. The engine mountings are made using rubber materials.

If the Engine Mounting is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the engine mounting is not replaced in time, the vibrations of the engine will be felt in the complete vehicle.

Advice to customers about Engine Mounting

When your engine mountings are damaged, this will create vibrations as you drive. It might disrupt the good mood on long drives. It is recommended to replace engine mountings once damaged.

Gear Mounting

Where do the Gear Mountings fit in the car?

Gear Mountings or GearBox Mount are found in the lower side of the transmission

What is the use of Gear Mountings?

The gear mountings of the gearbox mount is used to support the transmission and reduce the gear change jerks.

How does the Gear Mountings work?

The GearBox Mount or the gear mountings work by dampening the vibrations. The mounting is basically made of rubber material that prevents direct contact of transmission assembly with the body of the car.

If the Gear Mountings are not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the gear mountings are not replaced in time, the vibration through the transmission assembly will be felt throughout the vehicle.

Advice to customers about Gear Mountings

It is recommended to replace the gear mounting immediately if they are damaged.

Starter Motor

Car Starter Motor

Where does the Starter Motor fit in the car?

Under the bonnet, next to the flywheel.

The image shown above is for reference only.

What is the use of Starter Motor?

The starter motor is used to start the engine of the vehicle.

How does the Starter Motor work?

The starter motor is connected with the ignition switch. When the ignition switch is turned it powers the starter motor which cranks the engine flywheel and starts the engine rotations.

If the Starter Motor is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the starter motor is not replaced in time, your vehicle will have problems with starting.

Advice to customers about Starter Motor

If your starter motor is not functioning, it is recommended to immediately replace it.

Engine Oil

Engine Oil

Where does the Engine Oil fit in the car?

Engine oil can be found under the bonnet, by the engine..

What is the use of Engine Oil?

The Engine Oil is used to provide lubrication to the engine.

How does the Engine Oil work?

The engine oil ensures the engine is well lubricated. The engine oil minimizes the friction inside the engine and maintains smooth operation

If the Engine Oil is not replaced in time, what are the consequences?

If the engine oil is not replaced in time, there will be multiple problems in your car, some of the problems are:

 

  1. Your car’s fuel efficiency will be reduced. 
  2. There will be overheating in your car engine.
  3. There might be noise coming from your engine.

Advice to Car Owners about Engine Oil

Please change your engine oil at regular intervals. Also, change the oil filter.

 

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In a nutshell

Huh! That was a long ride, wasn’t it?

 

These are the most common spare parts which generally cause some kinds of problems when they are not working properly or faulty or broken. 

 

There are obviously more car spare parts and problems associated with them.

 

We will keep updating this short guide with information about more auto spare parts.

 

Meanwhile, Keep in touch with us through our social media channels.

Where can you purchase auto spare parts in Dubai?

There are many suppliers and dealers of auto spare parts in Dubai. Noorhan is amongst the leading brands that deal with genuine auto spare parts and aftermarket parts for different car brands, including Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Jeep, Ford, and other Japanese, American and European brands.

 

If you’re looking to replace your car spare parts with high-quality aftermarket parts or genuine auto parts in Dubai, Noorhan can help you.

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