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Car Maintenance During Extreme Heat

Car Maintenance During Extreme Heat

Summertime temperatures can do a number on your vehicle. Milex Complete Auto Care has some tips to keep your car running smoothly during the hot summer months.   If you’ve complained about high temperatures this summer, you’re not alone. As Europe battled an unprecedented heat wave last month, temperatures in the United States are also climbing. June marked the world’s sixth hottest month on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. At least 100 million Americans were under excessive heat warnings during the third week of July as temperatures rose well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit across the United States. Although this stretch of warm weather will pass, high temperatures are prompting Americans to crank thei ... read more

Importance of Having Proper Tire Alignment

Importance of Having Proper Tire Alignment

Proper tire alignment helps boost fuel economy, extends the life of your tires, and improves vehicle safety.   Approximately 664 motor vehicle fatalities in 2020 were caused by tire-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One way to ensure you and your passengers are safe on the road is to make sure your tires are properly aligned. Your tires may fall out of alignment when you hit a pothole or bump a curb. Poor shocks and struts can also cause problems with tire alignment. Having your tires properly aligned will ensure ideal handling and allow you to have a smooth ride.   Regular tire maintenance can also help save you money. On average, customers pay about $167 per tire, according to Consumer Reports. Tire alignment can help extend the life of your tires and all ... read more

Tips For When Your Car Won't Start

Tips For When Your Car Won't Start

If you turn the key in your car’s ignition and you get crickets, don’t despair. Milex Complete Auto Care has some steps you can take to solve the problem if your car won’t start before you resort to calling a tow truck.   Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the gym, having a car that won’t start is sure to put a crimp in your day. You may have a hot cup of coffee and snack at the ready, but it’s not likely you have easy access to the tools you need to fix your ride. If your car won’t start, Milex Complete Auto Care recommends trying some basic fixes before touching base with roadside assistance. Here are some tricks of the trade to get your car started.   Dead Battery If your car clicks when you turn the key but won’t turn over, the battery may be the culprit. Before pulling out the jumper cables, we have some alternatives.   Cycle the Key. Turn the key to the start position an ... read more

What to Expect at 100,000-Mile Check-Up

What to Expect at 100,000-Mile Check-Up

If you are racking up the miles on your car and nearing the 100,000-mile mark, it’s time to make an appointment for service at your local Milex Complete Auto Care.   Americans spend an average of 10 hours and 50 minutes in their car each week. By the time the odometer hits 100,000 miles, you’ve logged a lot of memories in your vehicle. If your car’s sentimental value and the high price tag on a new car are prompting you to hold onto your vehicle well past its prime, you aren’t alone. People are keeping their cars longer than ever. The average age of cars on the road is 12.2 years, a record high.   Good news! Today’s cars are built to withstand the ... read more

Keep Car Cool During Hot Summer Weather

Keep Car Cool During Hot Summer Weather

  Hot summer weather can do a number on your car. As temperatures start to climb, Milex Complete Auto Care recommends taking some extra precautions to get your car ready to take the heat.   The dog days of summer are right around the corner, and the United States is expected to enter another summer of La Niña conditions. During a La Niña weather pattern, strong winds blow warm water at the ocean’s surface from South America to Indonesia, leading to drier conditions in many parts of the United States during the summer months. La Niña is also associated with an active hurricane season in the fall. Forecasters predict temperatures this summer ... read more

Top Tips to Identify an Auto Mechanic You Can Trust

Top Tips to Identify an Auto Mechanic You Can Trust

Finding a trustworthy mechanic can keep your car running smoothly and help prop up its resale value.   Keeping your car properly maintained and serviced will help extend the life of your vehicle and prevent breakdowns. As interest rates continue to climb and make trading in for a new model cost-prohibitive, getting timely repairs and staying up-to-date on maintenance will ensure your vehicle remains in prime condition. Even with regular maintenance, as the miles rise on the odometer, the likelihood you will encounter a problem increases. Some of the top car repairs are new tires, brake work, battery replacement, and engine tune-up, according to the Car Care Council, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of proper vehicle care.   Despite just under 284 million cars ... read more

Tire Prep for Summer

Tire Prep for Summer

Before you head out for your summer road trip, Milex Complete Auto Care recommends making sure your tires are ready to hit the pavement.   Prior to packing your bags and stocking up on road trip snacks, it’s important to make sure your tires are ready for the trip. The condition of your tires will impact your car's performance and safety. The experts at Milex Complete Auto Care compiled a checklist you can use to get your tires ready to travel.   All-Weather Tires. If you put snow tires on to provide traction during the winter months, replace them with all-season tires that will handle well during a summer downpour.   Tire Pressure. Check the PSI on your tires. As the temperature goes up, the PSI in your tires increases. For every 10-degree rise in temperature, the tire pressure goes up by one PSI. Over-inflated tires can cause blowouts or overheat.   Tread. Do a visual check of the tread on your t ... read more

Simple Steps Help Save Money at the Pump

Simple Steps Help Save Money at the Pump

As gas prices reach record highs, service technicians at Milex Complete Auto Care have some tips to help you save money at the pump.   Reverberations from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are being felt across the globe. While Americans rally to support the Ukrainian citizens and rush to provide aid to help stem the humanitarian crisis, they are feeling the impact of the war on the home front. Economic sanctions imposed by Western countries are curbing Russian oil exports, causing the price of gasoline to soar.   The national average price of gasoline in the United States rose to $4.104 per gallon at the end of the first week of March, shattering the existing record, according to GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform. The previous all-time high was set back in 2008 at $4.103 per gallon, ahead of the Great Recession and housing crisis.   “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine paired with sanctions by ... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Get into the swing of things as the new year begins by making sure one of your biggest investments is in tip-top shape.   Now that the new year is here, it’s time to start making your goals for 2022. Many Americans resolve each year to lose weight, exercise, or stick to a budget. Nearly 48 percent of Americans made it a priority to lose weight in 2021. While health and finances are important goals, Moran Family of Brands recommends adding a new resolution to your lineup. In 2022, resolve to make sure this is the year that you take better care of your car. Moran Family of Brands franchises six different concepts in the aftermarket auto and window tinting industry, including Milex Complete Auto Care, Mr. Transmission, and Turbo Tint. With 120-plus locations and more than 100 years of experience in the industry, our mechanics can help you take better care of yo ... read more

Five Silent Signs Your Car is Failing

Five Silent Signs Your Car is Failing

Understanding when something is wrong with your vehicle, including silent signs, can save you money on repairs and prevent a long stay at the auto repair shop.   Only 39 percent of Americans can comfortably cover an unexpected bill of $1,000, according to Bankrate, an online financial resource. Regular car maintenance is key to preventing breakdowns and ensuring your ride delivers you safely to your destination. Despite saving customers money, many Americans put off car maintenance, especially during the past year. Hectic work and childcare schedules can make it difficult to put car care on your to-do list.   Following the outbreak of the pandemic, many Americans did not keep up with maintenance schedules. They were driving less and coping with the stress of telework and remote schooling. According to the ... read more

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