My Honda Accord 2003 has over 150,000 miles on it. I recently had to replace some parts such as the battery, timing belts, water pump, drive belt, etc. that I consider "maintenance" parts. However, it was also necessary to replace the cylinder head and head gasket set. Could this also be attributed to "wear and tear" ?
You are correct that the battery, belts and water pump will all eventually wear and need to be replaced. But the head and head gasket is another story. I have a 24 year old vehicle with 298,000 miles and I've never replaced them. These items usually go bad because the engine overheats.
When you have a bad head gasket you typically have white smoke coming out the tailpipe all the time, not just during warm up. If you needed these items replaced, they should have told you why.
〉 Answered on Sep 6th, 2012 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines