Holden parts are known for their reliability and durability, but they are not invincible to damage. Owning a vehicle is not an easy responsibility. It entails money and effort to make sure that your car is always operating at its maximum capacity.
Here’s a quick overview of Holden’s most commonly replaced parts.
Lubrication is vital for your engine to run and operate properly. Your oil filter ensures that your engine’s oil lubrication is free of debris, dirt, or other contaminants.
Automotive fluids act as the bloodline of your Holden parts. Therefore, engine oil, coolants, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid must be changed after or upon reaching a specific mileage.
Most Commonly Replaced Holden Vehicle Parts
It is common for earlier models of Holden VE Commodores to have failing alternators and flat batteries. However, later models already had a software update that avoided draining so much battery life. But keep in mind that leaking engine fluids can also cause premature alternator failure.
Fuse failures are often characterized by continued problems with your heater, wipers, flashers, and other instruments. These are usually caused by build-ups and corrosion on the terminals that were left unchecked.
Spark plugs will, later on, wear out, causing your engine to misfire and leading to poor gas mileage and slow acceleration. They are replaced at different intervals depending on the type you are using. Usually, Holden vehicles can travel 80,000-100,000 miles before wearing out their spark plugs.
The water pump drives the coolant from the engine to the radiator to keep your engine from overheating. Unfortunately, on Holden Commodores, the gasket that seals the water pump to the front cover usually leaks, and replacement is the only option.
Timing chains fitted to early Holden vehicles suffer elongation problems. It is usually indicated by the engine light appearing on the dashboard, as engine camshafts and crankshafts area already misaligned.
Common causes of battery failure are acid stratification, low charge, and poor driving habits. A typical battery will last you four to five years in optimal weather conditions. But places with extremely cold weather should replace their batteries every three years as soon as the first sign of weakness is observed.
Brake pads and rotors
Brake systems are usually serviced yearly or after reaching a mileage of 24,000 kilometers traveled, whichever comes first. They are subjected to constant wear and tear, so a good indication for replacement would be a screeching metal sound whenever you activate the brakes.
Tires enable your vehicle to move. However, they are subjected to daily friction, causing them to wear at some point. Do not neglect to change your tires, as frictionless tires are dangerous to drive with, especially on snowy and icy roads. A set of tires usually has a lifespan of 25,000 to 50,000 miles.
Air filters allow your engine to run free of dirt. Conversely, a dirty air filter minimizes airflow into your engine, thus causing your vehicle’s engine efficiency to decrease.
Fuel pump issues are common with V6 and V8-powered VE Commodores. They are also subjected to wear and tear as your fuel pump is constantly running. Newer models have a better fuel pump life span ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 miles.