If you are thinking about taking a road trip with the family, it’s a good idea to do a check-up on your vehicle before you leave town. Whether your goal is to take a tour of all the beautiful fall leaves or make your way out to the bay to enjoy the water, it is important to ensure that everything on your vehicle is in the proper working order.
LaCava Auto Parts in Fall River wants to help you make sure you don’t miss a thing with our easy to follow check list of common issues most often faced by car owners embarking on a trip. You don’t want to get out on the road just to find out that you need to install new brake pads or that you would have benefited from making an appointment for rotor turning services. Take a look at our check list and see how your vehicle measures up.
Check Point #1 – Tires
Take time to look at your tires to make sure they are inflated properly and that they are in good condition. Inspect the treat wear – even if you recently purchased tires. Take a look at your spare time to check its condition as well. There’s nothing quite like being in the middle of a road trip and getting a flat tire, only to discover that the spare is flat or worn from time as well. Consider bringing your vehicle in to rotate the tires and have them checked by a pro.
Check Point #2 – Brakes
LaCava Auto Parts offers a wide variety of brake services and high quality parts for your car or truck. You don’t want to hit inclement weather on your trip and realize that you should have taken the time to install new brake pads. Our team can inspect your brakes for you and we even offer professional rotor turning services that will help get you safely out on the road. Dust and dirt on the road in summer can be just as dangerous as wet leaves on the road in the fall if your brakes are not in good condition.
Check Point #3 – Oil and Fluids
One of the most important things that keeps your vehicle running smoothly is oil. You need to change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular or every 6,000 miles for synthetic, so make sure you don’t overlook this essential service. If you have never changed the oil yourself, speak with one of our team members at LaCava Auto Parts to learn what you need to do. In addition to the tools and oil you need for an oil change, we also have all of the fluids that you need to keep your vehicle running as it should. Coolant, windshield and transmission fluids are just some of the things that you need to top off and replace occasionally as part of regular maintenance. Ask about all of our Fall River auto parts and services that can help you take care of these common tasks.
Check Point #4 – Windshield Wipers
While we discussed topping off or replacing the windshield wiper fluid, it is also important to check your windshield wipers. Through average use, most wiper blades need to be replaced once each year. However, due to the extreme temperatures, weather and long periods of use here in the northeastern states, you might have to change them more frequently. LaCava Auto Parts offers free wiper blade installations every time you purchase a pair from our local store.
Check Point #5 – Lights
Take time to check all of your lights before you go on a big trip. Headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, interior cab lights – don’t miss a single light. Ask someone to walk around the vehicle for you to check for the lights as they come on. If you need any lights changed, do it right away before your trip. Our Fall River auto parts and services center stocks all of the different types of lights you will need. You might also want to consider cleaning your headlights to ensure that the amount of light that is coming through is sufficient. Cars that are just two years old may need to have their headlights professionally cleaned.
Check Point #6 – Clean Your Car
While this might not seem like a typical maintenance tip, it is important to clean your car before a big road trip. LaCava Auto Parts stocks a wide variety of cleaning fluids, such as car wash, wipes and sprays for the interior of your vehicle, wheel cleaner, air freshener and much more. Check underneath seats to make sure there isn’t any trash or other items that might roll out while you’re on your trip and lodge themselves under the accelerator pedal or brake pedal while driving. Check the glove compartment, console and trunk for any trash or items that should not be there, just to keep things neat and clean.
Visit LaCava Auto Parts
If you are in the market for local Fall River auto parts and services, come by LaCava Auto Parts for all of your maintenance and repair needs. We also offer a wide variety of services, such as rotor turning services, and can even install new brake pads, windshield wiper blades and hydraulic hoses. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 or stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River, Massachusetts.