Mechanic Changing Oil on a Car with Green Auto Plus Logo

Step-By-Step Guide to Changing the Oil in Your Car

How and When To Change the Oil in Your Car 

Are you overdue for an oil change in your used SUV? The oil in your vehicle should be changed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles with standard oil. Vehicles that use full-synthetic oil need to have the oil changed every 15,000 miles. Do you want to learn how to change your own oil? Learn how and when to change the oil in your car with this quick step-by-step guide created by Green Auto Plus. Contact the Green Auto Plus Service Department with any questions you may have! 

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What Do I Need to Do Before I Buy a Pre-Owned Car?

Top 5 Things To Do Before You Buy a Used Car 

Are you ready to buy a new-to-you car, truck or SUV? Boston-area drivers in search of a great deal on a used vehicle may find the perfect fit at Green Auto Plus – but where do you start? If you are new to the car-buying process, it can be overwhelming, but we are here to help with this list of the top 5 things to do before you buy a used car. Follow this quick list and get behind the wheel of a high-quality used SUV at Green Auto Plus today!

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Things To Do for Memorial Day 2021 in the Boston and Brockton Area

2021 Memorial Day Events and Ceremonies Brockton MA 

Massachusetts lies at the heart of American history and has seen many fallen heroes in decades past and with Memorial Day around the corner – many families are looking forward to the chance to honor that sacrifice. Much more than just an extended weekend, Memorial Day gives us all a chance to honor the sacrifices of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Find a great way to celebrate with a list of 2021 Memorial Day events and ceremonies in Brockton, MA, hop in your used SUV and enjoy the weekend! 

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Why Is Tire Tread Depth Important and How Do You Test It?

How To Test Tread Depth on Your Tires 

The tread on your tires is vital to performance when you get behind the wheel of a used SUV at Green Auto Plus. Tire tread will move and flex when you drive to grip the road and upgrade your traction and control. When your tires get worn and the tread depth decreases, your tires will not grip the road as well and will not grip the snow in winter road conditions – which can lead to unsafe driving conditions. Learn how to test tread depth on your tires with these quick videos provided by Green Auto Plus to find out if you need a new set of tires. Contact the Green Auto Plus Service Department today for more information on your tires! 

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Where To Get a Parts and Service Warranty in Brockton MA

What Is the Green Auto Plus Peace of Mind Service Warranty? 

Green Auto Plus believes in 100% integrity in its repairs. What does this mean for you? This means that we will provide you with the repairs you need with no hidden charges or fees. We fix only what needs to be fixed. High-quality parts, repairs and services are a hallmark of the Green Auto Plus Service Department and to protect you and your investment, we provide customers with the Peace of Mind Service Warranty for qualified repairs. Potential customers want to know – what is the Green Auto Plus Peace of Mind Service Warranty? We are here to help! 

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Green Auto Plus Features Inventory of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and More Luxury Brands

Where To Buy Used Luxury Cars Brockton MA 

Are you looking for an affordable luxury car in Plymouth County? Green Auto Plus may be able to help you find your dream car at a dream price. Drivers who want to know where to buy used luxury cars in Brockton, MA can find the right fit at Green Auto Plus – a premier eco-conscious service provider in the area. Find the right automotive fit today at Green Auto Plus! 

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April is Car Care Month

April, as most of us know is the National Car Care Month and it is the appropriate time to service your car particularly if you did not use it during winter. Taking care of it will prolong your vehicle’s life and ensure that it is reliable and ready to be used in spring and summer. During national vehicle inspections, some of the issues that most vehicles have include improper tire inflation, completely worn treads, malfunctioning vehicle lights, windshield wipers, belts and hoses, air filters, and low lubricant and fluid levels.

Car care is important because it helps you keep safe on the road, saves money because you will spend less on repairs in the long-term and your vehicle will be reliable. These are some of the areas you should pay attention to during this month;

Exhaust system

Check the exhaust system for damage, leaks, or broken hangers if there is a strange noise. It is important to correct exhaust leaks urgently because they are hazardous.

HVAC

Inspect the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system because cooling and heating are essential because they make the interior of the car cozy and safe due to defrosting.

Steering and suspension system

Check this system every year including struts and absorbers as well as chassis parts like the tie rod ends, ball joints, and other components.

Tire Pressure

Inspect tire pressure once every month without forgetting the spare. Inspect the tread for irregular or uneven cuts, bruises, and wear on the sidewall. Make sure that you have a mechanic check the car’s alignment every year to improve handling and fuel economy and minimize wear.

Lights

Check if the interior and exterior lights are working and make sure that the bulbs that are not functioning are checked promptly. Replace windshield wipers twice a year or when they are chattering, streaking, torn, cut, or cracked for maximum safety and wiping performance.

Brake system

Inspect the engine brake system annually and ensure that the brake drums, rotors, and linings are inspected whenever the oil is getting changed.

If you need April vehicle maintenance, do not hesitate to bring your car into our auto repair shop today!

Why Do Warning Signal Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

Every car comes equipped with warning lights, and thank goodness, they do. It would be amazing if our vehicles could talk to us and let us know when something is wrong, but in a sense, they do… they set off a warning light letting us know there is an issue at hand. Whenever you have your lights blinking fast it means something; your vehicle is letting you know there is an issue. Here are some things that can be meant when you are experiencing your lights blinking fast.

Dashboard lights will begin to flicker fast when there is an issue with your alternator. Generally, your alternator doesn’t need much attention it is extremely important that you know when it is beginning to decline. Whenever the dash lights flicker, the headlights seem dim, your battery doesn’t seem to stay charged, there are odd sounds coming from the belts or your battery, or your vehicle seems to stall there is an issue with your alternator. You may also have an issue with your starter. That is something else that can cause the dashboard lights to flicker at a fast pace.

When your turn signal begins to blink fast it can indicate that your bulb will soon be going out. Each turn signal has its own flashing unit that will pause the circuit that produces the blinking action for both the front and back of your vehicle. When the bulb is beginning to fail the resistance and pace of the signal flash faster than they should. The bulb may need to be changed, the flasher relay may be failing, there isn’t a lot of voltage getting to it, or you may have an issue with the ground connection of the vehicle.

The lights in our vehicles are working for us and are a great way that will help you know when there is an issue. It is almost like Morse code… your car is trying to tell you something is wrong. If you have these warnings you should get them taken care of immediately. If you need warning light diagnostics, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Brake Rotor/Disc?

Symptoms Of Bad Brakes Rotor/Disc?

If you’ve ever felt your steering wheel or your brake pedal shake/squeal when you tried to slow down or come to a complete stop, then you’ve just discovered a symptom of a bad or broken rotor/disc.

Reasons For Bad Brake Rotors/Disc

There are a few reasons for your brake rotors/discs to go bad.

  • The most common reason for a bad or broken disc/rotor is overheating from excessive brake use. Like when you are going down a mountain road.
     
  • Applying your brakes too hard while you’re traveling over 35 mph. Applying the brakes with such force causes the rotor to overheat when the friction from applied braking creates enormous heat causing the metal to expand and warp.
     
  • Letting your brakes go too long without changing them will also cause brake rotors/disc to wear down and grind the material off which could even cause the rotor/disc to explode.
     
  • Old Brake caliper hoses can deteriorate over time causing itself to internally collapse not letting pressure relieve itself after releasing the brake and damaging the rotors/discs.
     
  • The slides in the brake caliper bracket can cause damage from not being properly lubricated during brake service also.

Damaged Brake Rotors/Discs Affect Other Parts

Damage to your brake rotors/discs can affect more than just your brakes. They can cause a domino effect and damaging key parts and causing premature failure in others like:

  • The pistons inside of the calipers
  • Wheel bearings

The Danger Of Damaged Brake Rotors/Discs

Damaged brake rotors or discs can cause serious accidents. When your brake rotors/discs overheat while driving, the brakes can crystalize, which makes stopping using the brakes difficult if not altogether impossible. The hotter the rotors/discs are, the further it will take you to stop by several feet if at all.

Maintenance

If you hear squealing while applying the brakes then it’s time to replace the brakes. When you do change the brakes it is recommended that you also change the rotors/disc as well to be sure they do not wear out before your new brakes do. Always practice safety first when maintaining vehicle maintenance.

How Can I Save Money on Gas?

Most modern vehicles nowadays are designed to utilize fuel more efficiently. Yet, it is every car owner’s chief intention to maximize the savings on fuel cost. Fortunately, these tips and tricks can help you get some price relief on fuel costs.

Fuel-efficient Driving Practices

  • Avoid revving the engine– accelerating gently and moderately consumes less fuel in comparison to flooring the accelerator pedal or even accelerating too slowly.
  • Drive at a constant speed– avoiding speed fluctuations and keeping it steady can reduce fuel consumption.
  • Warming up the car is not fuel-efficient– idling uses up a lot of fuel and escalates your fuel bill.

Ride-Sharing and Planning

  • Carpooling avoids the extra cost of fuel for driving multiple vehicles. Having co-workers, students, or friends share a ride can save a lot of fuel, and at the same time, this practice is also environment friendly.
  • Performing multiple tasks in a single trip and planning the routes beforehand is a fuel-saving practice that can also save you from unnecessary driving.

Use of Public Transport or Cycling

A perfect for saving a lot of fuel money is to travel through public transport to work daily or use a bicycle to run your routine errands. Not only will this save you extra bucks but also the hassle of driving challenges.

Use of Technology to Save on Fuel Costs

  • In the present technological era where there are mobile applications for everything, you can find websites and applications that indicate budget-friendly refueling spots.
  • Another way of using technology to improve the gas mileage is to opt for fuelefficient cars such as hybrid or electric cars.

Regular Maintenance of Vehicle

  • Keep the tires in perfect condition by regular inflation and alignment to reduce the resistance and enhance the fuel economy.
  • Make sure the fuel cap is always in place to prevent the loss of fuel and your money with it.
  • Use proper low-viscosity motor oil to provide lubrication and lower resistance, improving the fuel efficiency.
  • It is essential to keep the filters clean so that your vehicle runs smoothly and burns fuel efficiently.

Following these tips consistently can help you save some extra money every time. If you suspect any fuel system damage, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!