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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

Why do online CAPTCHA boxes show traffic pictures?

Have you ever been searching the Internet and had your browsing session interrupted by a security CAPTCHA? The security CAPTCHA usually prompts you to click on images of traffic lights, stop signs, or buses. They may also ask you to click on cars, trucks, or other driving-related images. The reason for this is less about automotive images and relates more to the smart car tech industry. CAPTCHA is an abbreviation for “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart.” CAPTCHA was first released in 2007 and was created by a collaboration of computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2009 Google snatched the idea and incorporated it into specific websites. CAPTCHA prompts typically appear when you need to make a purchase, post a comment, or register an account. These security measures are meant to weed out the bots from the real users. These tests usually require the user to identify vehicles and road signs accurately. The C ... read more

What causes a car window to stick?

It’s a beautiful day out and the perfect opportunity to get some air. You try to roll down your window only to realize that your window is stuck closed. Most drivers may even encounter the phenomenon when their window may become stuck halfway open. What causes your window to become stuck? Below are a few common reasons why your power windows are inoperative:  Your window’s motor has failed.  One of the most common culprits to a bad window is a faulty motor. If you’re pressing the window button and the window isn’t activated, the motor will not be able to move the window.  The window’s regulator has failed.  Sometimes your windows motors are still working, but the regulator is broken. The windows regulator moves the glass up and down. If the regulator is malfunctioning, the window may roll up but slide back down on its own.  A loose or broken window button.  Over time the windows’ switch can get worn due to frequent us ... read more

Vehicle Maintenance Items to Never Ignore

Vehicle Maintenance Items to Never Ignore

Purchasing a vehicle is a big investment. Protecting that investment is in your best interest in the long run, regardless of what your plans are for the vehicle in the future. Ensuring that your vehicle is well maintained and serviced regularly will not only save you money on repairs in the long run, but will also help you avoid having to deal with unexpected breakdowns. Plus, you'll keep the value of your vehicle at its highest in case you want to trade in or sell your vehicle later down the road.  When it comes to vehicle maintenance, following your vehicle's recommended services and maintenance items is the single best way to ensure a properly working vehicle. If your car isn't taken care of, systems will start failing and it won't perform well, definitely not as well as it did before. The better care you take of your vehicle, the longer it will last and the more reliable it will be.  Maintenance includes a number of different things, from regular in ... read more

How Can I Extend the Overall Life of My Vehicle?

A vehicle is a big investment, and being able to keep your vehicle running at its best throughout the years can help you get your money's worth and ensure the highest resell value if you choose to trade in or sell your vehicle at some point.  Daily driving can definitely take a toll on your vehicle, especially if you find yourself stuck in traffic on the daily. A daily commute in traffic actually takes the biggest toll on our vehicles due to the constant stop and go. So, if you are a daily driving, you may find that your vehicle needs maintenance more frequently. This is necessarily a bad thing, but will help you avoid major issues over time.  Below are some helpful tips on how to extend the life of your vehicle and increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency:  Safe Driving Giving yourself plenty of time to slow down or stop behind the vehicle in front of you actually protects your vehicle. When you drive the speed limit, you’ll increase ... read more

A Message About COVID-19 from Grove Street Auto Repair

A Message About COVID-19 from Grove Street Auto Repair

Here at Grove Street Auto Repair, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our customers and our employees. As the health community continues to monitor the emergence of coronavirus (COVID-19), Grove Street Auto Repair is determined to do whatever we can to make sure our customers have options and know the steps we are taking for their safety and health. Auto repair is recognized as an essential business, which is why we are permitted to remain open to serve you. We understand how important a reliable vehicle is at this time, whether you still need to get to work, the store, or the hospital. Please know that we are available whether you find yourself needing a repair or need to get a service done.  In order to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are implementing the following measures: We are limiting entry to our building to employees and customers only. All outside vendors are dropping off supplies and part at the door. We are sa ... read more