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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

Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

Before you pack the car for your summer road trip, Mr. Transmission and Milex Complete Auto Care have some tips to help improve your car’s gas mileage, boost efficiency, and ensure a comfortable ride.   Half of Americans are slated to take a trip this summer, according to an online survey of nearly 2,600 adults by The Points Guy and Healthline Media. Of those likely to take a vacation this summer, 49 percent said they are interested in taking a road trip. Last summer, the American Automobile Association forecast that Americans would take 700 million trips as states slowly reopened following closures during the pandemic. As more people are vaccinated and COVID-19 numbers reach record lows, it is likely even m ... 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 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

Take Steps to Prepare Your Electric Vehicle for Winter

Take Steps to Prepare Your Electric Vehicle for Winter

As the temperature drops and meteorologists start to predict snow, Milex Complete Auto Care encourages customers to winterize your electric vehicle to keep it running at peak performance and stay safe on the roads.   Americans have purchased 1.6 million electric vehicles since they hit the market in 2010, according to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The new line of electric vehicles are sporty, environmentally friendly, and run quietly. Many new electric vehicles can drive longer before requiring recharging, versus earlier models, according to ... 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

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