Want to save money by doing your own auto maintenance and repairs? Even if you don’t have a lot of experience working with Fall River car parts and accessories in your home garage, many of the most common services are quite easy to learn. Whether you are preparing your vehicle for a road trip or performing maintenance and winter car services, you can find all of the fluids, products, tools, and auto parts in Fall River, MA, at LaCava Brothers Auto Supply & Services. We have a wide selection of domestic and foreign parts, as well as all of the oil, filters, and other products you need to get the job done right. Ongoing maintenance costs can add up over the lifetime of your vehicle, but regular maintenance can help to keep it running more effectively and efficiently, increasing its lifetime. Instead of paying the higher prices associated with dealership maintenance, why not do it yourself?
The Oil Change
This is perhaps one of the best “starter” maintenance projects for the first-time DIY (do-it-yourself) home mechanic. You won’t need a lot of tools or knowledge to get going. However, you should go over the owner’s manual for your vehicle, especially if it is new. Some newer vehicles require a specific type of oil to be used, which will help to make your vehicle work better and last longer. Higher cost oil products might even allow you to drive longer in between changes, taking you from a 3,000-mile job to a 5,000 or 10,000 interval. So how much can you save? Depending on where you go, the type of oil that is used, and the make and model of your vehicle, oil changes can range between $30-100 or more. If you want to make sure that you are using a quality oil product and filter, the best way to do this is to do it yourself.
The Spark Plugs
While many of today’s newer cars won’t require the spark plugs to be changed until around 100,000 miles or so, it’s a good idea to take the time to learn how to check them yourself and replace them when necessary. All you’ll need is a spark plug wrench along with your regular set of home mechanic tools. This specialty spark plug wrench is one of those things that you’ll only ever have to buy once, but it’s great to have in with your set of tools. It is not expensive, but it is extremely necessary for those who want to check and replace their own spark plugs. For around $10 – plus the cost of new spark plugs and wires, if necessary – you can perform this service yourself instead of paying $300 at the dealership.
The Wiper Blades
Living in New England means being prepared for all kinds of weather – sometimes on the same day. Windshield wipers are a necessity for car and truck owners in Southeastern Massachusetts and you should replace them before you need them. A typical set of wipers will cost between $20-40, depending on the size and brand that you choose. If you were to get them put on at the dealership, it would cost you upwards of $100 or more for the same blades. If you aren’t sure which windshield wipers you need for your vehicle, just stop by LaCava Brothers Auto Supply. In addition to engine auto parts in Fall River, MA we carry an extensive selection of wiper blades. We have a reference manual that will tell you the exact size you need for a perfect fit. We can even put the blades on for you when you purchase them at our store.
The Air Filter
This is one of those things that the dealership or quick oil change place will push you to change on a regular basis. Check your owner’s manual to find out how often this needs to be replaced and learn how to inspect your air filters to determine wear and tear for yourself. Air filters are usually between $20-30, depending on the type, size, and brand. However, a dealership will usually charge $50 or more for the filter and throw on another $100 for labor, even if they are already “in there” doing an oil change. In most cases all you need to do is open the hood of your vehicle, turn a few screws that hold the air filter in place, take out the old one, put in the new one, and put the screws back. Learning how to do this for yourself will save you a lot of money over the lifetime of your vehicle.
Take Charge of Your Vehicle
Ready to start making home maintenance and repairs for yourself? Visit our Fall River car parts and accessories store to get all of the parts, products, and tools you need to perform winter car services and year-round maintenance. LaCava Brothers Auto Supply has proudly served the Greater Fall River area for more than 70 years. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members or stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River, Massachusetts to shop our wide selection or place a special order for hard-to-find parts.