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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is Computer Diagnostics?

What is Computer Diagnostics?

Is one of your dashboard lights on but you are not sure what is wrong with your vehicle? Bring your vehicle to your local Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care for our Computer Diagnostic Service.   What is Computer Diagnostics?Computer Diagnostics is when our mechanics connect our state-of-the-art equipment to your vehicle to scan your vehicle’s computer to help find any internal issues that are happening within your car. A car diagnostic can tell a mechanic information about different parts of the vehicle such as: ignition timing issues, fuel injector performance, engine rpm levels, levels of buildup in the combustion engine, air and coolant temperature, whether the ignition coils are firing, and more. Once the diagnostic test is completed, the computer codes each data point that needs to be fixed, so that mechanics can look at a specific area of your vehicle for the possible proble ... read more

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