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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

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

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

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

Myths About Your Car You Need to Stop Believing

Myths About Your Car You Need to Stop Believing

Milex Complete Auto Care is here to debunk some common myths many Americans believe about their cars. To keep your car in tip-top shape and ensure your vehicle retains its resale value, stop adhering to common maintenance misconceptions. Even though there were more than 276 million registered cars in the United States in 2019, few American drivers understand how their car engines get them from Point A to Point B. Common misperceptions can cause people to make bad decisions that impact their wallets, or even put them in danger. Believing some of the common car myths often prompts people to over-service their vehicles. Unfortunately, the web is full of misinformation. The proliferation of social media has led to an increase in mis ... read more

Is It Time to Replace My Vehicle’s Timing Belt?

Is It Time to Replace My Vehicle’s Timing Belt?

As more car owners opt to keep their vehicles longer and customers tighten their purse strings during this unpredictable season, it is becoming increasingly important to keep up with regular maintenance, including replacing the timing belt.   A timing belt is an essential component of an internal combustion engine. The timing belt is a rubber belt that syncs up the crankshaft and camshaft rotation, which ensures your engine and valves operate correctly. The camshaft operates the valves in your engine to facilitate the movement of air and gas. The crankshaft moves the pistons up and down to help power the engine. The timing belt keeps your engine’s valves moving safely and your engine running. Failing to maintain your timing belt can lead to larger problems and even more costly engine repairs.   Most car manufacturers advise replacing your timing belt every 100,000 miles, although older vehicles may need to replace timing belts every 60,000 miles.   Si ... 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

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