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Happy Brake Safety Awareness Month!

Happy Brake Safety Awareness Month!

August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, which is a great time to make sure your car’s brakes are in proper working order.  Although the issue of if your brakes are functioning correctly sounds like an easy question, there are several things to monitor when looking and listening for signs that perhaps you need new brakes. Are you seeing or hearing the following? Thin brake pads. You can actually tell by looking at your brakes if you likely are going to have problems. All you need is a ruler. If your brake pads are less than a quarter of an inch thick, you should replace them. Low brake fluids. If the brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low, you may have a problem. Another red flag that you probably need new breaks is if there’s a copper content of 2000 ppm or greater in your brake fluid. Scraping or grinding noises when you press down on the brakes. If you hear this, it’s time to get brake pads as soon as possible. If you don’t, you could do enou ... read more

Don’t Pinch Pennies on Car Maintenance

Don’t Pinch Pennies on Car Maintenance

You’ve probably heard the expression, “penny wise, pound foolish.” It means to worry more about cheaper spending than the larger expenses in life. This can be especially true when it comes to keeping your car running. Pinching pennies on your car maintenance can cost you dearly in the long run. Other than your home, your car is one of your biggest investments. Many drivers expect their cars to last longer than ever before. According to the most recent IHSMarkit survey, the average car on the road is now more than 11.5 years old. And most people expect to keep a car six-and-a-half years. That’s up from just a year ago. The key to keeping a car of any age running smoothly is to follow some basic, routine car maintenance. Some things you ... read more

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What You Need to Know About Oil Changes

What You Need to Know About Oil Changes

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to keep your car running smoothly and on the road longer is to change the oil regularly. Oil changes done at your Milex Complete Auto Care location are one of the most important things you can do for your car’s engine. It is also one of the simplest steps you can take to save yourself money in the long run. Why change the oil? The oil does a vital job. It keeps your engine clean and lubricates the parts. The oil absorbs all the dirt, dust and even water that is in your engine. All those things would otherwise cause parts to corrode. The oil can only hold so much, though. Once it is saturated with the dirt, the oil becomes thick and abrasive. That ends up causing more wear on your engine. Driving a car with dirty oil for too long would actually cause the engine to wear out and fail. Oils also have additives like ... read more

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Getting your car to spring forward.

Getting your car to spring forward.

The worst of winter is over and spring is quickly approaching. As a driver, you went through a lot this winter. Hopefully, you didn’t get stuck in the snow. Still, with the prospect of any more of the white stuff becoming less likely, it’s time to prepare for the coming spring and summer months. Before you do that, however, you should remember that winter can be a harsh season for vehicles of all makes and models. Before the spring starts, it may be time to do some quick maintenance to deal with the effects of those cold months. The professionals at Mr. Transmission would like to offer some general tips to get your car ready for spring. Clean-up time When driving during winter, you have to remember that the very materials used to let you drive on the road can and will damage your vehicle. Rock salts and other anti-freezing minerals can be corrosive to your vehicle over time. Even though they eventually slide off during the spring months, not taking the most basic me ... read more

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