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Extend the Life of Your Electric Car Battery

Extend the Life of Your Electric Car Battery

In a bid to improve range and convenience, Milex Complete Auto Care advises electric car owners to take steps to extend the battery life of their vehicles. Benefits of EVs Purchasing an electric vehicle can save you money on fuel, allow you to gain single-occupant access to HOV lanes, and help reduce your carbon footprint. Lifetime electric vehicle emissions were three times lower than a conventional car, according to CarbonBrief, a climate resource. Electric cars don’t require oil changes, spark plugs, or fuel filters. Regenerative brakes that help recharge the battery do double duty by extending the lifespan of your brake pads. Many states also offer tax incentives or discounts on electricity for electric car owners. The high price tag on electric vehicles used to make them inaccessible for many Americans. But, as prices fall and manufacturers focus on laun ... read more

Does My Electric Car Require Maintenance?

Does My Electric Car Require Maintenance?

Investing in an electric vehicle can save you money at the pump, but it still requires regular maintenance for a smooth ride.   If you are considering investing in an electric vehicle, you are not alone. Across the globe, soaring gas prices and attention to environmental sustainability are causing the number of electric vehicles on the road to climb. Electric vehicle sales doubled in 2021 to 6.1 million, versus 3 million in the prior year, according to the International Energy Agency.   EVs Offer Lower Maintenance Costs All-electric vehicles have an electric motor rather than the traditional internal combustion engine. Often called battery electric vehicles, these cars have at least one battery that powers the engine, eliminating the need for gas. Many new models of electric vehicles can travel at least 300 miles before they need to be ... read more

Take Action if Vehicle Has Flood Damage

Take Action if Vehicle Has Flood Damage

As the winds and rain die down from the country’s latest hurricane, residents in hard-hit areas are heading out to assess the damage. If your car sustained flood damage during Hurricane Ian, Milex Complete Auto Care has a checklist to follow after the danger passes and the water recedes.   Flooding can cause extensive damage to vehicles, and a car partially submerged in water may require a laundry list of costly repairs. If you have comprehensive insurance coverage, your policy will likely pay for repairs. Comprehensive coverage protects against non-collision events, such as damage sustained during a storm from a falling tree or flooding. It also covers theft, vandalism, glass damage, and fire.   Guide to Automobile Flood Damage Milex Complete Auto Care recommends following these steps if your car sustains flood damage. Above all, wait until it's safe to assess the damage.   Do not start the car. Starting a flooded vehic ... read more

Guide to Jumping a Car Battery

Guide to Jumping a Car Battery

Staying up to date on your car’s maintenance limits your chances of getting stuck with a dead battery, but knowing how to jumpstart your car is an important skill to master. Dead Battery. How Do I Fix It? Milex Complete Auto Care understands that mistakes happen. Don’t get stranded when you accidentally leave the lights on, and your car battery dies. Like changing a tire, learning how to jumpstart your car battery is a rite of passage for drivers. Roadside assistance is always available but having the knowledge to get the job done on your own will save time and money. If you turn the key in the engine and hear crickets, it’s likely your battery is dead. Here are the steps you need to take to get back on the road. Get prepared. To jumpstart a car, you need help from another driver and jumper cables. Position both vehicles facing each other or as close as possible. The cars should not be touching. Make sure each car is in Park, that ... read more

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

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