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Semiconductor Chips in Cars: What They Do and Will the Shortage Continue?

Semiconductor Chips in Cars: What They Do and Will the Shortage Continue?

Are supply chain issues putting your plans to buy a new vehicle on hold? Milex Complete Auto Care can keep your existing ride in prime condition and save you from sticker shock at the dealer.   What is a Semiconductor Chip? Semiconductor chips power our world. Smartphones, laptops, televisions, and even kitchen appliances, all rely on semiconductor chips to function. A semiconductor chip, often referred to as an integrated circuit, conducts electricity and is made from silicon or germanium. Experts estimate there are more than 100 billion integrated circuits used on a daily basis across the globe. Global semiconductor industry sales hit $45.5 billion during the month of November 2022 alone, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.   The average ... read more

Build a Car Emergency Kit to Stay Safe

Build a Car Emergency Kit to Stay Safe

  As cold weather sets in, Milex Complete Auto Care recommends stocking your car with an emergency kit to keep you safe if you encounter car trouble. The return of La Niña for the third consecutive year is expected to bring mild temperatures in the southeastern part of the United States and stormier weather in the north. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association forecasts below-normal temperatures from the Pacific Northwest eastward to the western Great Lakes and the Alaska Panhandle, and wetter-than-average conditions for areas of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, northern Rockies, and Pacific Northwest. Winter Weather Affects Cars With a stormy winter on the horizon, drivers need to prepare for cold temperatures. Winter weather can do a number on your vehicle. When the temperature falls, the fluids in your car can thicken and hamper performance. Fluctuatin ... read more

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

Save Money at the Pump this Summer

Save Money at the Pump this Summer

With gas prices going up and the threat of shortages on the rise, Milex Complete Auto Care has some tricks of the trade to conserve gas and save money at the pump ahead of the summer travel season.   The ransomware attack that crippled the Colonial Pipeline in May led to increased demand for gas and higher prices for customers. News of the shutdown sparked fear of a gas shortage, resulting in long lines at stations across the Southeast. In states served by the Colonial Pipeline, including Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, demand was up by a collective 40.1 percent, CNN reported. In states where the gasoline supply was strained due to the pipeline shutdown, prices jumped as much as 21 cents in a matter of days.   Combine high fuel prices and more travel in the coming weeks and many people will be looking to ways to save money when they hit the ro ... read more

Electric Vehicles Need Routine Maintenance

Electric Vehicles Need Routine Maintenance

Electric vehicles have less parts, so they require less maintenance. However it is still important to keep up with routine maintenance for electric vehicles. Your local Milex Complete Auto Care is here to help with all of your electric vehicle maintenance needs to help keep your vehicle Road Ready.   Tires. Every vehicle’s tires need to be rotated and checked regularly, and electric vehicles are no exception. Roads are rough on tires, from trying to swerve between potholes, watching closely for debris in construction zones. Some electric vehicles have larger batteries, which adds extra weight to the car for the tires to support. Every 7,500 miles is the ideal time for routine tire rotations.   Windshield wipers. Windshield wiper blades life span do not change whether you have an electric vehicle or a gas powered vehicle. After a snowy and salty winter, rainy spring or at least every ... read more

How to Maintain an Electric Vehicle

How to Maintain an Electric Vehicle

How to Maintain an Electric Vehicle What we know as electric cars today are a relatively recent phenomenon, though the roots of electric cars goes all the way back to the 1820s, with the first “electric vehicle” debuting in the United States around the late 1880s. Electric cars looked to be the hot new mode of transport until Henry Ford’s Model T took the nation by storm. The 1970s saw a rebirth of the concept, and today the technology has made traveling in an electric vehicle fully feasible. However, many motorists familiar only with combustion-engine cars and trucks, who are considering their first purchase of an electric car, have questions.   Pros and Cons of Electrics Electric vehicles (EVs) have become an attractive alternative to gas-powered vehicles, for a number of reasons. They are b ... read more

What People Should Know About Brake Systems

What People Should Know About Brake Systems

What People Should Know About Brake Systems   Brakes are the unsung hero of the car. Stepping on the accelerator and moving down the road is the fun part and gets all the glory, but even more important is the ability to stop or slow down. Effective braking is something we take for granted—until it’s too late. Thankfully, brakes are good about giving warning signs when they are wearing, indicating that it’s time for a refresh. Understanding how different types of braking systems work is a good foundation for knowing when it’s time. Each braking system comprises different parts that work together to brake safely.   How Do Braking Systems Work? When you press the brake pedal, you activate a cylinder, which sends brake fluid to your brake calipers, to engage your brake pads. The brake pads apply pressure to your rotors. The resulting friction is what slows ... read more

Summer of Gridlock: More Driving Around Town Means More Wear and Tear

Summer of Gridlock: More Driving Around Town Means More Wear and Tear

Summer of Gridlock: More Driving Around Town Means More Wear and Tear Many aspects of American society are re-opening. Droves of workers are returning from working remotely to working in offices or at job sites. People are taking vacations and visiting family and friends. But many of those people who are out and about again to commute to work are avoiding mass transportation, and the impact of that is substantial in many ways. Traffic expert and former New York City Traffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz—who coined the term “gridlock”—predicts an unprecedented level of traffic. Significant numbers of commuters in metro areas will choose to drive instead of take buses and trains where they could be too close for comfort with other passengers. Gas prices are low right now, adding addi ... read more

Preparing Cars for a Summer Road Trip

Preparing Cars for a Summer Road Trip

Preparing Cars for a Summer Road Trip Now that summer is here, many people are finalizing their plans for a vacation.  Whether it be a trip to a beach, mountains, campsite or visiting family, people are planning a getaway from the cabin fever that has gripped the country. Even as much of America has “re-opened,” travelers are wise to exercise a high level of care and safety. You may be wary of air travel and opt instead to drive to your destination. Even absent a pandemic, being in the confined space of an airplane with many people emitting many different germs and viruses is an easy way to catch something unpleasant at best and dangerous at worst. It Just Makes Sense If you are opting to drive, you’re not alone. A recent survey by the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA), r ... read more

Don't Put Off Regular Maintenance

Don't Put Off Regular Maintenance

Don’t Put Off Regular Maintenance Most of us have been guilty of at least one of the following while driving a vehicle: Driving past your recommended allotted mileage between tire rotations or oil changes. Having an indicator light illuminate your dashboard, hoping that it just goes away. Maybe there are unfamiliar sounds coming from your car or it doesn’t just feel right.  You feel you can hold off on any repairs when you get back out on the road more often or some of the current stay-at-home restrictions are lifted.  We get it. You will eventually get around to it because, relatively speaking, it doesn’t seem as important right now. While fewer people are on the roads these days, that may feel like another excuse to put off routine maintenance to your vehicle. You shouldn’t be waiting until “things get back to normal” in order to service your vehicle. By putting those things off, you a ... read more

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