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Exploring the Mechanics of CV Joints

Exploring the Mechanics of CV Joints

Navigating sharp turns or driving on uneven terrains showcases the intricate machinery working tirelessly beneath a vehicle's hood. One component that’s not always on the radar are the Constant Velocity (CV) joints. CV joints ensure smooth turns and efficient power transfer from the engine to the wheels. Milex Complete Auto Care can help you learn more about this important component and how to maintain it.   Whether driving a bumpy road or making a sharp turn, the vehicle's wheels move in various directions. CV joints, also known as a half-shaft, guarantee that despite these movements, there's a continuous power flow, resulting in a seamless driving experience. They connect the transmission to the wheels, facilitating power transfer while accommodating the up-and-down motion of the suspension. They ensure consistent power delivery from the engine to the wheels, irrespective of driving conditions or whe ... read more

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Navigating Heavy Rain: A Guide to Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

Navigating Heavy Rain: A Guide to Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

Turn around, don't drown. Venturing through flooded roadways with your vehicle is a gamble you don’t want to take. The force of floodwaters can be unexpectedly strong, with the power to shift heavy objects, from boulders to entire homes.   When you drive into a flooded area, you're putting yourself at risk of losing control of your vehicle. A mere six inches of swiftly flowing water has the strength to topple an adult, while a foot of water can sweep a small car off its wheels, according to the National Weather Service. At least 38% of the people who died in floodwater in 2022 were driving.   Floodwater can stall your engine, ruin your electrical system, and compromise your car's safety features. It can damage roadways and hamper your ability to navigate safely. In the worst-case scenario, you could find ... read more

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Exploring Why Car Steering and Suspension Matter

Exploring Why Car Steering and Suspension Matter

When we get into our cars, we expect a comfortable ride with easy handling, and we get excited about the slick designs, fancy tech, and cozy interiors of modern cars. It's easy to forget about safety and one of the components that make it all possible — the steering and suspension systems. Car safety features, such as seat belts and automatic braking, can reduce the risk of a serious crash by 49%, but they aren’t the only precautions a car owner should rely on. Regular car maintenance is crucial to ensure you stay safe on the road. At Milex Complete Auto Care, we get that safety should be our top priority. That's why we emphasize the importance of steering and suspension systems, which are the backbone of a safe driving experience. The steering system enables us to change directions, make turns, and navigate through intricate roadways. Without a well-functioning steering system, drivers would strugg ... read more

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Make a Pitstop at Milex Before You Head to the Woods

Make a Pitstop at Milex Before You Head to the Woods

Life is better in the woods! Before you embark on your upcoming car camping expedition, make a pit stop at Milex Complete Auto Care to guarantee your vehicle is fully prepared for conditions off the beaten path. Make memories with your family one campfire at a time. Camping allows you to immerse yourself in the great outdoors to appreciate and reconnect with nature. You can breathe in fresh air, enjoy beautiful landscapes, and experience the serenity of natural surroundings. It provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and allows you to recharge by unplugging technology, casting away deadlines, and alleviating stress. Whether it's hiking, fishing, swimming, wildlife spotting, or stargazing, there is always something to do and explore. Camping encourages physical activity and offers opportunities for new experiences and challenges. Bring Your Car to Milex Between stocking a first aid kit and collecting sleeping bags, it’s crucial not to negl ... read more

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Here Comes the Sun: Boost Your AC's Efficiency

Here Comes the Sun: Boost Your AC's Efficiency

Temperatures are rising, and Americans across the country are bracing for the impact of summer weather. Milex Complete Auto Care has a rundown of what you need to know to help your vehicle operate efficiently during the sweltering heat.   Sizzling temperatures are in the forecast again this summer. Although rainfall is expected to be higher than normal, hot summer weather is on tap across the U.S., according to the Farmers’ Almanac. High humidity and temperatures over 100°F will make it oppressive in many parts of the country, and heat waves are expected from late July through August in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, an AccuWeather report revealed.   Cold as Ice As your air conditioning kicks into overdrive, there are important steps you nee ... read more

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Solving the Mystery of Why Tires are Black

Solving the Mystery of Why Tires are Black

Black is the tried and true color for tires. Have you ever wondered if it’s a design choice or if there’s something more to it? The experts at Milex Complete Auto Care have the answer.   Car Color Trends Prince’s song, “Little Red Corvette,” launched his pop music career, and the black Dodge Charger in “The Fast and the Furious,” is iconic. The color of a car plays a major role in purchasing decisions. Whether car buyers are influenced by popular culture or personal preference, a car’s paint job can make or break a sale. The decision on the color of a vehicle depends on personal taste, maintenance, heat absorption, and cost. People often choose neutral colors such as white, gray, or black, to maintain the vehicle’s resale value.   Color is not the only deciding factor. People focus on price, gas mileage, safety features, and reputation when they are shopping for a car. In fact, Generation Z ranks gas ... read more

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What You Should Know about Spark Plugs

What You Should Know about Spark Plugs

Among the many things that require routine maintenance on our vehicles are spark plugs.   If your mechanic says you need new spark plugs and you don’t understand why, the explanation of their importance may sound like a second language. Maybe you’d like to speak the language of your mechanic and have a sense of what spark plugs are and why they need to be in good working order.  So, if you’re of the mindset that it can’t never hurt to learn a little about car maintenance, here’s your spark plug tutorial. Why spark plugs are important.
Your car won’t start without them. Why your car won’t start without spark plugs.
Here’s how the process works. A spark plug sends an electrical signal from the ignition coil. Spark plugs were well named because a spark is created, and that spark ignites the air-fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber – and the engine begins

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Importance of Car Maintenance with Growing Costs of New Vehicles

Importance of Car Maintenance with Growing Costs of New Vehicles

It’s always fun to drive a new car off the lot.
It’s not always fun to pay for it.
In fact, paying for a car is unfortunately getting less enjoyable, for a variety of reasons. Cars are getting more expensive. According to the Kelley Blue Book, the average price of a new passenger vehicle jumped 3 percent in the last year, to $33,845. And, again, that’s just the average. Many people spend far more on a new car. It’s taking us longer to pay off our cars. Last year, an analysis from Edmunds.com revealed that drivers are now spending more than ever in history to pay off their loans. The average length of time to pay off a car

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Warning Signs Your Car Is Not Running Properly

Warning Signs Your Car Is Not Running Properly

Catching a problem early is the best way to help prevent long-term damage. This is true of many things. For example, if you roll your ankle, you should ice it, elevate it and take some time to rest as soon as possible. Failure to do so could lead to a more serious, long-lasting injury.  When it comes to your car, the same holds true. By addressing problems early, you’ll likely increase the life of your car and save yourself some money in the process.  You just need to keep an eye out for warning signs that your car may not be running properly. Battery Trouble
One of the most common car problems is an aging or defective battery. Typically, a car battery should be replaced every three years or so. After four or five years, the majority of car batteries will become unreliable. If you find your car will crank, but not start, that’s a good indicator that it
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Protecting Your Car From the Cold of Winter

Protecting Your Car From the Cold of Winter

As frigid temperatures around most of the country whisked out last year and welcomed in 2018, we are reminded of the importance of taking care of our cars in these freezing conditions.  Just as you might have made the resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle, pledge your loyalty to your vehicle this new year with routine maintenance and these need-to-know winter car care tips from Milex Complete Auto Care. Coolant
Coolant, which is a mixture of antifreeze and water, is extremely important as it keeps your vehicle’s engine from freezing in cold temperatures and reduces corrosion. It is recommended that coolant be flushed and refilled every two years, but this may vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Be sure to check coolant levels and examine your engine for potential leaks early in the season. Remember, a 50/50 blend of antifreeze
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