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What to Know About Your Car’s Air Filters

What to Know About Your Car’s Air Filters

  Committing to changing the air filters on your vehicle on a regular basis can prolong engine life, maximize engine power, help the planet, and improve your health.   There are two types of air filters in every car. One filter cleans the air that enters the engine, and another filters the air you breathe inside the vehicle. Both filters are made of paper, cotton, or foam and trap dust, pollen, mold, and debris, preventing it from getting in the engine or in the air you breathe. The experts at Milex Complete Auto Care recommend changing the air filters on your car to keep it performing at the top of its game. Learning how to check your air filters and understanding why keeping them clean is important are key to your health and the well-being of your vehicle.   How to Tell if Your Engine Air Filter Needs Changing   Your car’s engine requires sufficient airflow to run properly. A clogged ai ... read more

Milex Provides Fuel Filter Guidance to Cut Repair Costs

Milex Provides Fuel Filter Guidance to Cut Repair Costs

A clean fuel filter will prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear on your engine and reduce the chance of having to make an emergency repair.   Located between the gas tank and the engine, the fuel filter is a small cartridge containing paper filters. The fuel filter helps remove impurities, such as dirt, debris, and rust particles from the fuel to keep them out of the engine. Some of the most common impurities in gasoline are water, sulfur, and sediment from underground fuel storage at gas stations. If your filter stops delivering clean fuel, your engine can suffer. In addition, the engines on newer model cars feature tight tolerances and are highly susceptible to clogs, which can be costly to fix. The fuel filter on cars with diesel engines is especially important because it filters out water to prevent contamination, which can lead to corrosion and engine damage.   A survey conducted by the ... read more

Teleworking? Don’t Neglect Car Maintenance When You Cut Commute

Teleworking? Don’t Neglect Car Maintenance When You Cut Commute

Teleworking and virtual learning mean many cars are staying parked in the garage instead of on the local roads. Even with a reduced commute for many, experts with Milex Complete Auto Care recommend keeping up with regular maintenance on your vehicle, including oil changes.   The outbreak of the pandemic last spring forced the temporary closure of many businesses and shuttered schools. Stay-at-home orders required many Americans to work from home and children to attend school remotely. The average commute for a working American was 27.6 minutes in 2019, and only 5.7 percent of American workers over the age of 16 worked from home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   Once COVID-19 hit, commutes were slashed, and time spent in cars declined. In April 2020, at least 51 percent of people were working remotely, a survey of 2,730 Uni ... 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

What Happens If I Don't Drive My Car?

What Happens If I Don't Drive My Car?

What Happens If I Don’t Drive My Car? If you haven’t been driving your car as much recently, you’re not alone. A large majority of Americans have been under “stay at home” restrictions for several weeks, and a majority support the orders continuing for the near future to fight the spread of COVID-19. While people are staying at home, the “need” to drive a vehicle has evaporated for more people who aren’t employees of an essential business. However, just because you’re supposed to stay home, doesn’t mean that your vehicle should be left in your garage or driveway for days, if not weeks, without moving. Driving your car for several miles is a great way to keep it healthy and running well. A short drive will wake up all aspects of your vehicle, including the engine, brakes ... 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

Juggling Franchises and Family – Celebrating a Mother Who Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way

Juggling Franchises and Family – Celebrating a Mother Who Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way

Juggling Franchises and Family – Celebrating a Mother Who Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way Family comes first for Serina Daniel, but that doesn’t mean the family business suffers. It means she’s become an expert at running two Milex locations and a household by taking advantage of the flexibility of franchise ownership. Serina and her husband Albert own the Milex location in Frederick, Maryland and the Milex/Alta Mere location in nearby Boonsboro. Their son, Joshua, is 15-years old and was just a toddler when the couple opened their first store in 2007. Serina admits the balance between business owner, mother, homemaker, and wife is not always divided equally.  “Although it’s frustrating at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Serina. “I think it’s safe to say that I share this sentim ... read more

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