Not everyone on the planet is handy with auto repairs, but fortunately, there are some repairs that even a novice can do if they have the right tools, the right parts and a little bit of encouragement from their local auto parts store. If you are in the market for car parts and accessories, check out LaCava Brothers Auto Supply in Fall River, where they have everything you need to get the job done right, professional services to help you get on your way, and lots of great customer service people who can point you in the right direction.
If you want to learn how to do simple auto repairs on your own, there’s no better time to start than the present. While some jobs may seem easy, such as changing out an old, worn out battery for a brand new one, there are some basic things that you will need to know before just diving in and tackling the job. It is always best to start with the most simplest of things as you begin learning more and gaining confidence. You obviously wouldn’t start by rebuilding an engine or replacing a timing belt, but other things, such as an oil change, replacing windshield wipers and putting in a new brake light, are definitely do-able.
What Are the Easiest Jobs to Do?
When you first walk into the local auto parts store, it can be downright confusing to look at all of the car parts and accessories. If you know what you need to do, your choices can be quickly narrowed down by speaking with a sales associate, or by looking at the information at the end of the aisles. As mentioned already, some of the easiest jobs would be to change out the wiper blades, although LaCava Brothers does offer this service for free, as well as changing the oil and replacing the bulb in brake lights. The most important key element to all of this is making sure that you get the right parts from your local auto supply in Fall River.
Other “easy” jobs that you can start with to help build knowledge and confidence include:
- replacing the air filter
- replacing headlights, cabin lights, turn signal lights and other bulbs
- replacing the battery
- replacing the spark plugs
- replacing belts
What About Other Jobs?
If you have other jobs to do that are not on the “easy” jobs list, speak with a customer service agent when you visit your local auto parts store to talk about what is involved in doing this type of work. Another way to determine whether you can do it yourself or not, is to watch an online DIY (do-it-yourself) video on YouTube. Many car owners who aren’t familiar with minor auto maintenance, servicing and repair, rely on the videos created by experts to give them an idea of whether or not they could do the work themselves. Sometimes you will look at a video and decide straight away that this type of repair is not right for you. Other times, you will amazed at how simple something is and kick yourself for paying someone to do it for you in the past.
In addition to offering top quality car parts and accessories, LaCava Brothers also does the following services at our local servicing and auto supply in Fall River:
- hydraulic hose servicing, repair and replacement
- brake rotor turning for cars and trucks
- free battery testing – to determine whether you should replace your battery or not
- free windshield wiper blade replacements when you buy a new pair
How to Know What Tools You Need?
Whenever you decide to do a new auto repair on your own, it is important to find out what tools, parts and chemicals you will need before you get started. For example, there are jobs that will require you to jack your car up to get underneath it, such as an oil change. You should not use the jack that came with your vehicle for changing tires to do this type of work. Make sure that you get approved jack stands from your local auto parts store that will support the weight of your vehicle safely. If you aren’t sure how to use them, ask one of the customer service agents at the auto supply in Fall River for advice.
Avoid doing repairs that require you to invest a lot of money into tools or equipment that you might only need to use once. Not only will it make doing the repair yourself “not worth it” compared to paying a professional to do it for you, but chances are good that this type of repair might be out of your comfort zone. Don’t do repairs that are dangerous if you are unfamiliar with how they must be done, such as replacing a fuel line, changing out brake pads or electrical repairs. Use common sense. If you aren’t sure, ask someone when you visit LaCava Brothers Auto Parts Store. No one here is going to encourage you to do something that you shouldn’t be doing on your own.
Come to LaCava Brothers Auto Supply in Fall River
Whatever you need, whether it be car parts and accessories, friendly advice, free services or professional brake and hydraulic repairs, come to LaCava Brothers Auto Parts Store and Services located on Bedford Street in Fall River. You can also call and speak with our helpful and knowledgeable staff by dialing 508-676-1951. We have been providing top quality parts, tools and services to the South Coast region for over 70 years and we’re here to help!