While you might think that the snow and ice of winter make for the most accident-prone season in New England, the truth is that nationwide, the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most dangerous. Some of the contributing factors include more teen drivers on the road, summer road trips, and vacations, as well as distracted driving, but poor vehicle maintenance, tire blowouts, and overheating own some of the blame as well.
The more you can do to ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape before the summer, the less likely you will be to end up on the side of the road. LaCava Auto Parts and Services provides a wide range of parts, tools, products, and supplies at our Fall River auto supply and auto parts store. Whether you want to do most of the work yourself or if you need a little help, you can get all the automotive parts and service in Fall River that you require to get the job done right.
Summer Maintenance Priorities
Going on a road trip? Taking a weekend drive to the coast? Whatever you want to do this summer, make sure to take stock of the basic maintenance priorities and perform an inspection of your vehicle before you pack everything up and get on the road. Tires may seem like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised to see how many car owners forget about checking the tires before a trip.
Tire pressure changes in the summer as the temperature rises, so you need to ensure that your tires are not under-inflated OR over-inflated. LaCava Auto Parts and Services has the tools you need to check your tire pressure regularly. Don’t simply rely on your vehicle to provide you with a warning, perform this test yourself so you’ll know for sure what to expect. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for the tires and the vehicle so you know the optimal pressure that will provide you with the maximum benefit.
Did you change your winter tires to summer tires? While some regions can get away with all-season tires, in New England that is not an option. Make sure to at least have winter tires for all the snow and ice to ensure proper traction. In the summer, you can get away with all-season or summer tires, depending on the type of vehicle that you own. Your tires should get checked for wear and tear every 3,000 miles. While this used to coincide with oil changes, many types of oil can now last for much longer. Consider a paper log or use an app to keep track of regular maintenance and checks for best results.
Summertime Oil Changes
Speaking of your oil, even if you use a long-lasting oil that can extend to 7,500 or 10,000 miles, you need to make sure you check it regularly in the summer. Vehicles of all ages and stages are more likely to overheat during the summer months when the temperatures outside are rising. Prepare for a week of commuting into the city or a family trip on the weekend by doing a complete systems check on your vehicle. Perform oil changes and filter replacements on time according to the owner’s manual and manufacturer’s recommendations. Checking the oil by hand can help – if you notice a lot of dirt and grime in the oil or the oil is a very dark color, it’s time to do an oil change even if the product promises that you have thousands of miles left to go.
Check all other fluid levels at the same time, including your steering and braking fluids, differential, transmission, and coolant. Also check your windshield wiper fluid, which is essential for wiping away all those bugs that you’ll catch while on the road. A summer coolant should be a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer. Checking underneath your vehicle where you park it at home, either in the driveway, on the street, or in the garage can also be informative. It can help you see if there are any leaks. Remember that there will be condensation from the air conditioner, but if there are any other fluids outside of H2O, you probably have a leak.
While shopping for automotive parts and service in Fall River at LaCava Auto Parts and Services, make sure to gather all the replacement parts, maintenance items, fluids, and products you need to take care of your entire vehicle. Hoses and belts often wear out and break in the summer months with the change in temperature as well. Check for any cracks, leaks, or loose connections and review the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing belts. Brakes should also be checked regularly to prevent failure. Our Fall River auto supply offers rotor turning services, which can save you some money and extend the life of your rotors when you change out your brake pads. The air conditioning unit, cabin air filter, windshield wipers, and other essential items should also be checked at the beginning of the season so you can be ready for long trips or hot weather driving during the week.
Stop by our shop to purchase or learn more about our top quality automotive parts and service in Fall River. You can also give us a call at 508-676-1951 to find out if we have what you need at our auto parts store. We have a very large inventory of name brand parts and supplies, but we can also order just about anything you need from our suppliers. You can count on LaCava Auto Parts and Services to provide you with the tools and parts you need to have a great summer out on the road!