The best way to keep your vehicle running smoothly in the fall and winter seasons is to perform preventive maintenance services. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, winter car services will not only help your vehicle to be safer during bad weather conditions, but it will protect your car or truck and keep it running properly for many more years to come. Insurance agencies, mechanics, and auto manufacturers all agree that preventive services are the best way to maintain your vehicle and maximize your investment return.
New England winters are significantly more challenging than other states’ weather patterns typically experience this time of year. Car owners should take the time to inspect essential systems, install new brake pads, replace seasonal fluids, and perform necessary maintenance. Fall River car parts and accessories are available for both foreign and domestic vehicles at LaCava Auto Supply. For more than 70 years, our family-owned and operated business has supplied private and professional customers with the parts, accessories, fluids, tools, and equipment they need to maintain consumer and industrial vehicles properly.
A Clean Vehicle is a Safe Vehicle
The first thing you want to do this winter is to get into a comprehensive routine for keeping your vehicle clean. Taking care of any snow, sludge, slush, ice, sand, and salt that finds its way onto our tires, rims, and the undercarriage of your vehicle should be a top priority. Corrosive materials are used to de-ice sidewalks, driveways, and streets. However, when these products come in contact with your vehicle, they can cause severe damage. A good car wash should be provided regularly to clean your vehicle of all this debris – just make sure you do it properly and don’t freeze your windows, doors, locks, and wipers. Take care to remove any debris that has found its way on the metal, glass, plastic, rubber, and other surfaces of your vehicle as soon as you notice it or on a weekly basis as a preventive measure.
Fluids are the Lifeblood of Your Vehicle
Oil changes, winterized antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid, plus other essential fluid checks, changes, and inspections should be done before the first snowfall and throughout the winter season. Coolant should be flushed and filled – not just topped off with a new product. It is also recommended to keep a jug of windshield wiper fluid in the trunk for severe weather conditions, so you don’t get caught without it. Make sure to change filters as recommended by the manufacturer to prevent any issues with clean air exchange within your vehicle. This is an essential preventive maintenance task that sadly gets overlooked by many car and truck owners in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Check the Battery Regularly
The last thing you want to experience is a battery that won’t start. Stuck in a parking lot at work after hours, at a shopping mall, or with a car full of groceries can be an extremely frustrating situation. Check your battery ahead of inclement weather. If it has been more than two years since you replaced your battery, bring it into LaCava Auto Supply. Our team can check the battery for you to make sure it is in good condition for the winter season. We can also provide you with a wide range of Fall River car parts and accessories that you can use to clean and maintain your battery to ensure a longer life. Jumper cables, car starters, and other safety equipment can also be purchased at our Fall River auto parts store.
Install New Brake Pads
Your brakes are important year-round, but even more so in the fall and winter when dangerous conditions can pop up without warning. It is easier than most people think to remove and install new brake pads. Our team can hook you up with the proper brakes and tools you need to do this type of preventive replacement service at home. Don’t wait until your brakes fail or for the telltale grinding and screeching sound that comes from your brake hitting on metal. Make sure to be proactive in brake inspections, rotor turning and replacement, and install new brake pads as soon as you know you need them. Not confident to do this as a DIY project at home? Bring your vehicle in for a check with a trusted local mechanic or dealership for brake inspections and other essential winter car services.
Please stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River during store hours OR contact our team at 508-676-1951. Not sure which Fall River car parts and accessories you need for your auto repairs? You can use our Parts Lookup tool on our website OR use it in-store to get the parts, accessories, products, and tools you need for a successful repair or maintenance project.