Living in a cold-weather state like Massachusetts means taking time to perform winter car services ahead of the first big snow to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the change of season. Even if you have lived in New England for your entire life, there may be services that you have overlooked that could benefit your car and the safety of your passengers. LaCava Brothers offer a wide range of car parts and accessories at our Fall River auto parts and services center that you can use to do many of these chores yourself. While some are best left to the professionals, you can save time and money by doing some of them at home.
Make Sure You Can See
Winter weather can mean icy rains one minute and snow flurries that next, freezing temperatures that ice up your windshield or mountains of snow that you need to dig out of just to get to work in the morning. In Southeastern Massachusetts, we need to be prepared for just about anything, so it pays to take stock of your tools and supplies as soon as possible. You don’t want to get stuck at the mall or spend hours scraping windows with a credit card so that you have enough visibility to make it home safely.
Things to check and replace, if necessary, include:
- windshield wiper blades
- windshield wiper fluid
- heater and defroster, to ensure that they are in good working order
- snow and ice scraping supplies
Make Sure Your Services Are Current
When is the last time you did an oil change? How about checking the brake fluid or replaced your air cabin filter? Take stock of your vehicle and ensure that all services are done ahead of bad weather or a planned holiday trip. Keep track of oil changes and replacement of essential parts that need to be changed out on the regular. Oil changes are a vital part of winter car services because the oil gets thicker when the temperature drops, so if you have old oil that is already thickening due to age, you might end up with engine troubles.
Make Sure Your Vehicle Will Start
Your battery needs a little love during this time of year. Take time to clean the posts and connections to ensure that they are free from corrosion, dirt, dust, and debris. Check the battery to make sure it is adequately filled with water. If your battery is more than three years old, it’s time to get it tested and possibly replaced. Bring it to LaCava Brothers, and we will check it for you for FREE. This is just one of the helpful services we offer our customers at our Fall River auto parts and services center. Consider investing in a good battery charger. While you might not ever have to use it yourself, it’s a good idea to have one in case of emergency for other vehicle owners or when your battery suddenly gives out without warning. You can get popular brand name chargers at our car parts and accessories store in Fall River.
Make Sure Your Tires Are Good-to-Go
Tire pressure will change in cold weather, so make sure to check your tires before a week of commuting to-and-from work or school, as well as ahead of any holiday travel. Appropriate tire pressure will ensure better traction and control in wet, icy, or snowy conditions. Studies show that vehicle tires lose approximately one pound of pressure (PSI) for every ten degrees that the temperature drops below 60 degrees. So on a 10-degree winter day, you might have lost give PSI (or more) depending on where you park your vehicle and how long it has been sitting in the cold weather. Check the owner’s manual of your car for the optimal tire pressure or look inside the driver’s door for details.
You should also check the tread on your tires to make sure that they are safe for driving in winter weather. Snow tires are a must if you live in a hilly or rural area that gets a lot of snow. You can’t always rely on the snowplows to clear the roads, so it pays to have tires that can get you where you need to go. Shop around for snow tires and find out about costs for installing them. You don’t want to put them on too early, but have them ready for when the snowy season hits the Fall River area. Visit LaCava Brothers for tire pressure gauges and other tools that you can use to make sure that your tires are ready for winter weather.
Visit Our Fall River Auto Parts and Services Center
When it’s time to perform winter car services, make sure to visit LaCava Brothers for all of your car parts and accessories needs. We have everything you need to keep your car in safe and running condition, including oil, oil filters, batteries, ice and snow scrapers, essential fluids, and much more. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 or stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River, MA.