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What You Need to Know About Spark Plugs

What You Need to Know About Spark Plugs

What You Need to Know About Spark Plugs If you’ve ever spent any time around automobiles, you’ve likely heard the phrase “spark plug,” mentioned. No, this isn’t referring to a person with a fiesty attitude, it is actually a very integral piece of an automobile’s internal combustion system, that helps your vehicle start – and without one, it won’t start at all. While that is the most basic function of a spark plug, there is actually much more to know about how it works, its life span and when you know it is time for a replacement. What is a Spark Plug? A spark plug dates back to the mid 1800s, and has been credited to several inventors who created various versions of “spark ignition” in an internal combustion engine. At its mos ... read more

What Those Lights on Your Dashboard Mean

What Those Lights on Your Dashboard Mean

What Those Lights on Your Car Dashboard Mean Often, lights are a good thing. They can brighten a room and we often talk about the light at the end of the tunnel or shining light on a situation. But lights on your car’s dashboard often aren’t so comforting. They are helpful, of course, and it’s a good thing that car manufacturers have them there. But they’re definitely not to be ignored. When those lights turn on, it’s often a cry for help from your car, and a sign that something is amiss. We wanted to mention a few of the common lights that cars – especially newer ones – often have. Keep in mind that if all of your lights turn on, as you start your car, that’s normal. It’s when one of those lights stays on, that it can be problematic. Here are a few rules of the road. Think of those lights as traffic lights. The analogy almost works. If you see any icon light up on your car dashboard, and the co ... read more

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car Routine maintenance or some standard problems with your car will lead you to bring in your vehicle at your local Milex Complete Auto Care or Mr. Transmission shop.  However, there will sometimes be some unexpected circumstances that require service that can be preventable. With our busy daily lives, we don’t always think about simple things we may be doing that can hurt the performance of our car.  Here are a few things to keep in mind and prevent an unnecessary trip into the shop for service. Driving near empty. Many people will wait to fill up on gas to when the needle hovers around “E,”. Maybe that is the sign that it is time for a refill.  Other times you may be too busy to stop, or the price at a certain station may be a few cents high.  Aside from taking ... read more

Caring for Your Tires

Caring for Your Tires

Something as simple as a penny can save you hundreds of dollars when it comes to keeping your car running smoothly. Keeping your tires in their best shape is a job that you can do hand-in-hand with your local Milex technician. Following these easy steps will ensure you get the most life out of your tires and your car. It will also help you get the most out of every gallon of gas. That’s right, your tires affect your gas mileage! If you are driving around on under-inflated tires, you are using more gas than you need. Not to mention, poorly maintained tires will wear out earlier than if you take proper care of them. You can get as much as an extra year of life out of your tires if you just know the best way to maintain them. Tire Pressure Once a month, check the pressure of all five of your tires. That’s right. Five! You should include the spare when doing the job. Wh ... read more

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Prepare Your Car for Winter Ice

Prepare Your Car for Winter Ice

The coldest parts of the country are battling heavy snowfall right now, but other areas of the country, particularly in parts of the south, deal with their own hazardous weather conditions. Sleet and freezing rain can add a thick ice coating to the roads and can result in even more dangerous driving conditions than snowfall accumulations. There are several ways to prepare your cars for icy conditions and keep you and your family safe this winter! Brakes Brakes are one of the only things standing between you and an accident on winter ice. A good time to have your brakes inspected is the start of the winter, especially if you notice any changes in their performance. There are several hints your brakes might give you that should bring you to your local Milex Complete Auto Care. If your brakes are screeching, this could indicate that the brake lining is getting low. Feel ... read more

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