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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

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

Car Maintenance During Extreme Heat

Car Maintenance During Extreme Heat

Summertime temperatures can do a number on your vehicle. Milex Complete Auto Care has some tips to keep your car running smoothly during the hot summer months.   If you’ve complained about high temperatures this summer, you’re not alone. As Europe battled an unprecedented heat wave last month, temperatures in the United States are also climbing. June marked the world’s sixth hottest month on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. At least 100 million Americans were under excessive heat warnings during the third week of July as temperatures rose well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit across the United States. Although this stretch of warm weather will pass, high temperatures are prompting Americans to crank thei ... 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

Keep Car Cool During Hot Summer Weather

Keep Car Cool During Hot Summer Weather

  Hot summer weather can do a number on your car. As temperatures start to climb, Milex Complete Auto Care recommends taking some extra precautions to get your car ready to take the heat.   The dog days of summer are right around the corner, and the United States is expected to enter another summer of La Niña conditions. During a La Niña weather pattern, strong winds blow warm water at the ocean’s surface from South America to Indonesia, leading to drier conditions in many parts of the United States during the summer months. La Niña is also associated with an active hurricane season in the fall. Forecasters predict temperatures this summer ... 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

Simple Steps Help Save Money at the Pump

Simple Steps Help Save Money at the Pump

As gas prices reach record highs, service technicians at Milex Complete Auto Care have some tips to help you save money at the pump.   Reverberations from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are being felt across the globe. While Americans rally to support the Ukrainian citizens and rush to provide aid to help stem the humanitarian crisis, they are feeling the impact of the war on the home front. Economic sanctions imposed by Western countries are curbing Russian oil exports, causing the price of gasoline to soar.   The national average price of gasoline in the United States rose to $4.104 per gallon at the end of the first week of March, shattering the existing record, according to GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform. The previous all-time high was set back in 2008 at $4.103 per gallon, ahead of the Great Recession and housing crisis.   “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine paired with sanctions by ... 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

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