Whatever your reasoning, whether you just want to be able to say that you did it yourself, or if your goal is to save money on labor, it is possible to do quite a few minor car maintenance and repair jobs yourself – even if you don’t know what you are doing. Your local LaCava Auto Parts & Supply store can help supply you with all of the auto parts in Fall River, MA that you will need to get the job done and our on-site staff can even provide you with some advice on how to get the job done. If you need professional services, LaCava Brothers auto parts store also offers some services, such as brake system rotor turning, hydraulics, free battery testing and free windshield wiper installations at our Fall River, MA car parts store on Bedford Street.
Here is a list of 10 different DIY projects that you can take care of with the help of LaCava Auto Parts:
#1 – Air Filter
One of the easiest things to change is your car’s air filter. If you don’t know where it is located, our team can help you find it by the make, model and year of your vehicle. A clogged air filter will lower the overall performance of your vehicle, reducing gas mileage and power. It literally takes just a minute to take out the old filter and pop in a new one. You can purchase your air filter at LaCava Brothers auto parts store in Fall River.
#2 – Spark Plugs
Another very simple, straight-forward and affordable DIY repair that you can make is to change out your spark plugs. Don’t wait until your car stops working, change those plugs out to improve your fuel consumption and experience a smoother drive. Most brands of spark plugs are cheap. You should always check the wires for your spark plugs whenever you change out the plugs just to make sure they are in good working order. You can get spark plugs and wires at your local Fall River, MA car parts store.
#3 – Oil Change
Once you understand the basic concept of what needs to be done, you can do this job for yourself. Just visit your local store for auto parts in Fall River, MA to get the oil, filter, oil container, ratchet, wrench and funnel that you will need to get the job done. Don’t be afraid to ask one of our team members for advice if you are a total newbie.
#4 – Headlight Bulbs
Another really easy job that most people think needs to be done at the dealer, you can change out burned out light bulbs in your car’s headlights in just a few minutes. Just make sure that you get the right bulbs for your year, make and model. Ask our team members at LaCava Auto Parts & Supply to double-check that you have the right bulbs.
#5 – Fuses
If you are having a problem with some lights being out and changing the bulbs didn’t help, it might be that you have a blown fuse. Check with your local Fall River, MA car parts store to find out the exact type of fuse that you need for your year, make and model of vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the location of your fuse boxes and to find out the type of fuse that is required.
#6 – Windshield Wipers
LaCava Brothers auto parts store will change out your windshield wipers for you whenever you purchase a pair of new wipers at our Fall River store, but if you want to do it yourself, it is a fairly easy job. Sometimes you need a screwdriver and sometimes you don’t. That’s about the extent of changing out windshield wipers with new blades from LaCava Auto Parts & Supply.
#7 – Car Battery
Another very easy task that seems like there should be a lot more to it, it is quite easy to change out a car battery. Take a couple of precautions, such as using gloves and eye protection. Batteries contain acid and many old batteries leak acid and other fluids. You can get your battery checked at LaCava Auto Parts for free to find out if it needs to be replaced. Get helpful hints on how to properly disconnect the cables to prevent getting shocked.
#8 – New Tire
One task that every car owner should know how to do is to be able to change a tire. Putting on a new tire is a very common job and you will probably have to do this several times throughout your lifetime, so there’s no better time to learn than right now.
#9 – Seat Belts
Broken seat belts can be replaced with a screwdriver just by removing the seat belt and retractor cover to place the new one where it needs to go. Make sure to test out the new belt before driving just to make sure that it is working as it should.
#10 – Hoses
While it might sound intimidating, it is possible to change out the radiator hoses for your vehicle. Just make sure that the coolant has cooled down since you drove the vehicle last. Check for damage to both the upper and lower radiator hoses. Most hoses are held in place by screws and clamps.
Visit LaCava Brothers Auto Parts Store
If you are in the market for auto parts in Fall River, MA or the surrounding area, contact LaCava Auto Parts & Supply. We have been providing quality car parts and services to homeowners and commercial clients for many years. Please give us a call at 508-676-1951 to find out about the parts and services that we provide.