The team at Grove Street Auto Repair, in Franklin, MA, knows how important it is for car owners to have the best automotive information at their fingertips to take proper care of their vehicles. We love it when our customers come to us with questions, which is precisely why we’ve created this blog! Whether you come in, call or email us, or find answers to your questions here, our team of auto mechanics and service advisors are at the ready with all the auto repair information you could ever need.

Yearly Archives: 2020

What is a Car Radiator?

What is a Car Radiator?

The mechanical car components always get heated, especially if the weather is sweltering. If this happens continuously, it may result in malfunctioning of the engine parts, especially the motor, if it isn't kept cool. That is why automakers have developed and installed a cooling system on their vehicles - to protect the engine!  A radiator is a car part installed in a vehicle engine compartment to provide continuous cooling of engines. There are various types of radiators, that is, cooling, heating, and climatic radiators. Each of them has a specific purpose but still, works using the same principle. However, there are two main categories of radiators in the automotive industry: tubular-lamellar and tubular and tape. Tubular lamellar are of aluminum alloy with horizontally arranging tubes. Its commonly used in old cars. Its primary disadvantage is low heat transfer because of the small contact area. On the other hand, tubular and tape use long tubes folder in a coi ... read more

3 Key Benefits of Coolant Flushes

3 Key Benefits of Coolant Flushes

There are several different car care tasks, and cooling system maintenance is one of the most important. Your engine is composed of hot metal parts; the coolant absorbs the generated heat and prevents the engine water from boiling. It also prevents the metal parts from rusting. Over time, your coolant can accumulate contaminants that can build up. Contaminant build-up can cause your vehicle to overheat and struggle to power the air conditioner. A coolant flush resolves this issue by pushing four to five gallons of antifreeze through the cooling system to flush it out. Most vehicles can benefit from a coolant flush at least once a year. If your vehicle overheats and the coolant is low and discolored, it's time to have your vehicle serviced. Coolant flushes have several significant benefits to your vehicle's health; below are three ways coolant flushes boost your vehicle's efficiency.  It removes all rust, deposits, and contaminants.  Rust and deposits can build u ... read more

3 Signs It’s Time for An Oil Change

3 Signs It’s Time for An Oil Change

Oil changes are just as essential for vehicles as a stop at the gas station. When oil changes are performed regularly, they help increase the engine’s longevity and significantly boost overall performance. Clean engine oil provides lubrication for the engine, allowing its hot moving parts to move smoothly and fluidly. Your car gets the best gas mileage when the engine is fresh. These benefits make neglecting an oil change a bad idea. Below is a guide of the top three signs it’s time to schedule an oil change.  The oil is dark and dirty. Clean oil has an amber color and should be free of dirt, debris, and sludge. As you drive, the oil collects pollutants from the engine. If you suspect you’re overdue for an oil change, oil pollutants can turn into sludge, rendering it completely ineffective for the engine. Check your oil at least once a month. Checking your oil is pretty simple – remove the yellow oil dipstick from the engine, wipe it, put it bac ... read more

Signs It’s Time to Have Your Brakes Inspected

Signs It’s Time to Have Your Brakes Inspected

There’s nothing more embarrassing than backing out of a parking spot only to have your brakes give out a loud squeak. After driving several thousands of miles, the brakes will start to get worn. The brakes are used every time you drive, and your safety relies on their performance. Regular servicing should increase their lifespan, but what happens if you forget to have the brake pads changed? Brakes shouldn’t be overlooked, and it’s essential to recognize the warning signs that it’s time to get them serviced if life gets too busy. Below are a few common signs that there may be an issue with your brakes:  The Brake Light Came On. The moment the brake light illuminates on the dashboard, it’s time to have your brakes checked. The red warning light signals a problem with the handbrake, while the yellow light indicates the antilock braking system.  The Brake Pads are Worn. Every time you stop your vehicle, friction is placed be ... read more

Vehicle color - Fact or Fiction?

Vehicle color - Fact or Fiction?

We’ve all been given advice on which vehicle colors are smarter to purchase and why. For example, be cautious with red cars because they get more tickets. However, it leaves many people wondering, how accurate are these claims? Are they just an automotive version of an old wives’ tale?  Fact or Fiction: Some vehicle colors are more prone to accidents than others.   Fact!  There are quite a few studies that have been done on the correlation between car color and accidents. One popular research was by Monash University, and they found that black vehicles are more prone to accidents than other cars, such as white-painted vehicles. This doesn’t come to much surprise because black cars are harder to see during the evening and night hours. Along with this list, grey and silver were listed next, followed by blue and red vehicles.  Fact of Fiction: Red cars cost more to insure. Fiction!&nb ... read more

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