Committing to routine car maintenance will save you money on repairs from an operation. Well-treated vehicles run smoother and longer than vehicles disregarded.

Here’s a list of the parts you should check every nine months or 9,000 miles:

Services Needed Every Nine Months or 9,000 Miles

  • Wiper fluid
  • Spark plugs
  • Power steering fluid
  • Timing belts
  • Battery

It is best to check the components of the vehicle that are frequently used. Like oil changes and windshield wipers, you should check your windshield wiper fluid and spark plugs. Spark plugs can last 30,000 to 100,000 miles, and keeping them clean extends their usage.

Does your steering feel stiff? Power steering fluid helps you turn the wheel, which is difficult to operate without. Dirty and dried-up fluid can be frustrating to dangerous.

Timing belts typically last for 75,000 to 90,000 miles. They control several parts of the engine and are essential for the car to work. You could get into an accident if the timing belt breaks, which is why you should replace them when they seem worn.

A driver uses their car’s battery every time he or she turns the car on. The ignition draws power from the battery to start the other systems. A drained or damaged battery will leave you stranded.

Checking, cleaning, tightening all of these components of the car will help them to last longer and keep your vehicle running better longer. Monitoring and maintaining your vehicle also keeps you and your passengers safe from unnecessary incidents due to broken, worn, or faulty parts.

For safety and financial reasons, you should follow up on the annual services listed on the next slide.