Preventive maintenance is required if you want to keep your vehicle in good and safe working order. There are two ways to go about it: pay someone to do it or learn how to do it yourself. While some home repairs are simple and can be figured out using the owner’s manual from the manufacturer or by watching a video online, others are more complex and should be left to the pros. The degree of difficulty that you attempt should be based on your knowledge, experience, and making sure that you have the right tools at your disposal. LaCava Auto Supply offers a wide range of car parts and accessories to individuals and professionals alike at our Fall River store. We also provide beneficial options, such as rotor turning services and free battery testing, to help our customers save money on DIY (do-it-yourself) repairs.
Learn to Check the Fluids
Perhaps the most basic, yet necessary, part of vehicle ownership is learning how to check the fluids. Keeping an eye on your levels can help you to know when it’s time to add more, perform additional maintenance, or even troubleshoot potential problems. The most well-known fluid for most vehicle owners is the oil. Oil changes are required every 3,000 or more miles, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations and the type of oil products that you use. Other fluids that should be checked regularly include the coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid.
If you have to add fluid to your vehicle frequently, it could be a sign of a more significant problem. Bring your vehicle to the local dealership or a trusted mechanic to get it checked. Let them know how often you notice your levels are low and how much fluid you typically have to replace.
Learn the Warning Lights
Each vehicle has a variety of warning lights built in to let the operator know when something is not working as it should. Some lights will warn you that your tire pressure is getting low so you can add air or get your tires checked. Other lights might be as simple as “check engine,” yet require a special code reader to identify the specific problem. LaCava Auto Supply sells code readers that can be used with foreign and domestic vehicles. However, if you feel uncomfortable doing this type of work, bring your vehicle to a trusted mechanic for a full evaluation. Don’t ignore warning lights: they could be a sign of something very serious.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Don’t rely on warning lights for everything. It’s a good idea to check the tire pressure on a regular basis, more frequently if you do a lot of highway driving or live in a rural area with a lot of gravel or dirt roads. Wintertime can also wreak havoc on tires and summer is notorious for making changes in tire pressure due to the heat. Learn the proper amount of pressure for your tires, figure out how to check it, and find a place or machine that will help you add pressure when needed. Properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage and make your vehicle safer in inclement weather conditions.
Read the Owner’s Manual
Many car owners have never looked at the owner’s manual beyond learning the basics. If you want to perform basic maintenance and repairs on your own vehicle, the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions are a great place to start. Our auto supply in Fall River also sells repair books based on the vehicle’s make, model, and year. This can be extremely helpful for beginners and for those who are working on vehicles that are new to them. Each car has it’s own unique layout and requirements, so it pays to take time to learn what you need to do to get the job done right.
Check the Lights
There’s an old saying, “VC equals PC.” What that means is that a “vehicle code” violation (VC), such as burned out taillights or non-working headlights, are a probable cause (PC) for law enforcement officials to pull you over. It’s not just a good idea to check the lights on your vehicle regularly to make sure they are working; it’s the law. Check all headlights, taillights, turn signals, license plate lights, brake lights, and any other lights that may be required by law. If your vehicle has daytime running lights or if you need to use high beams in your area frequently, be sure to check them as well. Avoid tickets and run-ins with the law by keeping your vehicle in good working order.
Get a Trusted Auto Supply in Fall River
LaCava Auto Supply has proudly served the South Coast region for over 70 years. Our family-owned and operated car parts and accessories store supplies local residents and professionals with our top quality products. Whether you need a hard-to-find part for an older vehicle or require specialized cleaners for a new car or truck, our team can help you to get the items you need right here in Fall River. We also offer quality services, including free battery testing, windshield wiper installation with purchase, and rotor turning services. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 to speak with one of our team members or stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River, MA.