Looking for ways to save money and be more hands-on with automotive maintenance? Believe it or not, there are quite a few DIY (do-it-yourself) projects that you can do, even if you have never worked on a vehicle before in your life. You can get all of the Fall River car parts and accessories at LaCava Auto Supply to do any at-home project, whether you want to install new brake pads or put in a new battery. LaCava Brothers have proudly served the Greater Fall River for many years, and we have earned a solid reputation for quality parts and customer service.
Check the Fluids
When you get a full-service oil change, the service provider typically checks all of the essential fluids and tops them off for you. However, it is a good idea to become familiar with your vehicle’s fluids, so you know where everything is located and what to do if the fluids are low. Engine oil, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, coolant, and brake fluid should be your primary focus. Check the owner’s manual of your vehicle for any manufacturer recommendations regarding any of these fluids. Top brands are available at LaCava Auto Supply, along with the tools and products you’ll need to get the job done right.
Change the Wipers
Windshield wipers should be changed twice a year in Southeastern Massachusetts. They become worn quickly during the winter months, scraping away snow and ice all while being exposed to freezing temperatures. In the fall, they should be replaced again after surviving the spring and summer rains. Fall leaves and winter snows will go to town on your blades again, requiring replacement again after the snow and ice melt. LaCava Brothers carry a wide range of windshield wiper blades in all the top industry brands. Contact our team or stop by our store to speak with a representative about changing out your wiper blades.
Inspect Belts & Hoses
While you’re in there checking and topping off the fluids, it’s a good idea also to check the belts and hoses. Learning what to look for can help you avoid expensive repairs if you were to have something break while you’re out on the road. Make sure the vehicle is off, and the engine is cool. Squeeze the radiator hoses firmly by hand and check them for leaks or cracks, specifically near any clamps or connections. Those hoses should be firm but not too stiff. After squeezing, they should go back to their original form right away. Checking the belts can be a bit more complicated. You’ll need a flashlight and the ability to reach in and squeeze them as well. Look for signs of fraying, cracks, and uneven wear.
Replace the Filters
This is one of those jobs that can cost you a pretty penny at the lube shop or dealership. You should learn how to thoroughly inspect and replace filters on your own. LaCava Auto Supply has all of the filters you might need to keep your vehicle in safe and efficient working order. Replacing an air filter is easier than you might think, and it is extremely essential to the operation of your car or truck. A clogged filter can cause your engine to work harder, impacting fuel economy and potentially leading to the failure of several internal components due to engine strain. In just a few minutes, you can change the air filter and even the cabin air filter to keep your vehicle running at its best. You can save hundreds of dollars each year just by doing this work yourself.
Check & Inspect Battery
Batteries can be intimidating, but they don’t have to be if you know what you are doing. You can bring your battery in and have it checked for FREE at LaCava Brothers. We can test it to make sure it holds enough charge to help you start your vehicle safely. We can also offer tips on cleaning your battery terminals to increase its life and efficiency. We carry a wide range of Fall River car parts and accessories, including tools and products designed to make DIY car care even more manageable.
Stop by our store on Bedford Street in Fall River to see everything we have in stock at LaCava Auto Supply, or give us a call at 508-676-1951 and speak with one of our friendly sales representatives. We can answer any questions you might have about parts to install new brake pads, change oil, and do any number of automotive repairs. Stop by LaCava Brothers Auto Supply – where the pros buy their parts!