You might not think that your friendly, neighborhood auto parts store would have recommendations for taking good care of your tires, but the truth is that we offer a broad range of products that can be used to perform preventive maintenance for tires and just about any other significant car parts and accessories. LaCava Auto Parts in Fall River, MA wants our customers to know that proper tire care should not be overlooked when you spend time cleaning, polishing, and detailing the rest of your vehicle. Cleaning your tires and wheels is not just about looking great, but it can help your tires to last longer and, if you know what to look for, can also help you spot other small issues before they become big problems.
Brake Dust 101
Take a look at your wheels. What do you see? Do you have brake dust building up on the metal? Did you know that brake dust is highly corrosive? It is made out of a combination of carbon fibers and adhesive. When it comes off the brake pad, it also brings tiny bits of metal shavings from the rotor. Now mix these corrosive materials with the friction and heat that gets generated by your wheels, and you have a very damaging situation. If you allow brake dust to build up and just sit on your wheels for any length of time, it could potentially eat its way through the coating and start to pit the metal.
Brake dust is constantly being made every time you drive your vehicle, whether you are making the daily commute to work or taking the family on a weekend trip. It is important to take good care of your wheels and tires to avoid early repair or replacement. You should clean tires and wheels while taking the time to check the amount of brake dust to determine if you need to get your brakes replaced. If you catch it early enough and there is enough thickness left, LaCava Auto Parts also provides rotor turning services, which can save you a lot of money on a brake job. So when the time comes to replace the pads, don’t forget to have our guys check out your rotors to see if they can be saved.
The best time to wash your wheels and tires is when you wash your vehicle. Make sure to clean the wheels and tires first to remove all of the dirt, dust, mud, and debris. This method will prevent any overspray of the dirt from getting onto your clean car. The more you can keep these damaging abrasives off your paint job, the better. Check LaCava Auto Parts for car cleaning products and tools where you find quality car parts and accessories. For cleaning the wheels and tires, use a simple car wash formula, clean water, and make sure to have a separate bucket for rinsing, along with a very soft bristle brush for getting those hard-to-reach areas.
Next, a special cleaner should be used that is selected based on the type of wheels that you have. For example, wheels that are made of chrome or aluminum will be able to stand up to stronger cleaning fluids than wheels that are anodized, painted, or coated. Check the label or ask one of our associates when you visit our store for auto parts in Fall River, MA. The product should state what it is suited for and what it should not be used to clean. If you don’t know the specifics about the type of tires or wheels that you have, choose a basic cleaner that is dubbed safe for all types of tire and wheel cleaning.
Deep Cleaning Products
There are some situations where a deeper clean is required, such as driving through a particularly muddy rainstorm or going off-road with your SUV. Advanced or professional grade wheel cleaners can be used in this instance, but you should still be leery of abrasive or acidic cleaners that have harsh detergents. Some brands are designed to dissolve brake dust that has become caked on and stuck. While this should be cleaned regularly to prevent these issues, there are certain times when maintenance gets neglected. The important thing is to get to it as soon as you can. Ask our team members about deep cleaning products for wheels and tires when you come to shop for other car parts and accessories at LaCava Auto Parts.
Tires that have become dirty or were cleaned improperly can sometimes have a brown appearance. To get back to that beautiful black, choose a cleaner that removes the “browning” and any grease from tires. Tires should be protected with a tire gel for long-lasting good looks and performance. If you use the wrong cleaner or product on your tires, all of the things that the manufacturers put in them to keep them flexible and safe will leach out of them, including rubber conditioners, UV absorbers, and antiozonants. Once that occurs, the tires will become brown and discolored, but can also be more likely to crack and breakdown before their time. Always double-check before using any products on your tires.
Visit LaCava Auto Parts in Fall River, MA
If you are in need of car parts and accessories, including car, tire, and wheel cleaning products and tools, make sure to stop by our auto parts store to view our selection. In addition to selling car parts and cleaning accessories, we also provide services, including rotor turning services, windshield wiper installation, free battery testing, and hydraulic hose servicing. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 or stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River, MA to speak with one of our knowledgeable and experienced team members.