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Four Bad Car Habits to Break

Four Bad Car Habits to Break

We all have bad habits, and some of them are worse than others. Sometimes our bad habits can really hurt us, literally and financially. We see this sometimes at Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission. That’s why we thought we’d spotlight some bad car habits that a lot of people do that might result in extra visits to the auto care center. What sort of bad habits are we talking about? Well, see if you ever do any of these. You ignore a potentially troubling sound coming from your car. Maybe it’s the brakes making a screeching sound. Perhaps it’s a banging noise while driving down the road. Neither of those sounds are good, but maybe you would downplay their significance if your car is still running without a problem. If you’re hearing screeching when you’re braking, you need to have the brakes inspected.  You probably need brake pads, and if you’re not careful, and the s ... read more

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Eight Things That Will Help You Choose a Shop You Can Trust

Eight Things That Will Help You Choose a Shop You Can Trust

If you’re not a car care expert, it can be hard to ignore that little voice inside your head that can’t help but wonder if you’re about to get ripped off every time you pull into an auto repair shop. A survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that only about 50 percent of people completely trust their local shop to fix their cars. That means that there is another 50% of the respondents that don’t trust the people who repair their cars! If you don’t know a lot about cars, you can at least know the right questions to ask and things to look for that can help you feel better about going in for your next auto service. Here are eight things that will help you choose a shop you can trust. Get referrals from friends. These folks have already done the hard w ... read more

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Five Ways To Help Your Car Get To 200,000 Miles And Beyond

Five Ways To Help Your Car Get To 200,000 Miles And Beyond

So, you’ve just paid off your car. It seemed like it took a million years, but finally, you can relax and not worry about monthly payments. You may be thinking that you need to buy a new car. After all, while it didn’t really take a million years to pay it off, it did take a while, and your odometer shows that you’ve been driving it for well over 100,000 miles now. Isn’t it time to get a new car? Not necessarily. If you could drive your car for another 100,000 miles how much money could it save? It’s financially smart to keep your car running for as long as you safely can. According to Consumer Reports, motorists who have a car that hits 200,000 miles, which generally takes around 15 years, end up saving $30,000 or more over purchasing a new car. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to reach 200,000 (or more) miles, esp ... read more

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Recognizing Signs Of Vehicle Engine Damage

Recognizing Signs Of Vehicle Engine Damage

When a dash warning light come on, we hold our breath as the thought of an expensive bills flashes through our minds. As a car owner, preventive engine maintenance is one of the most important things to keep your vehicle healthy and your wallet happy. Although it’s not always black and white when it comes to our finely tuned machines, technicians at Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission share some of the more obvious signs that your vehicle may be experiencing engine damage. Check Engine Light You may be patiently waiting in the carpool line when an immediate anxious moment hits; your check engine light illuminates. We all know that dreadful feeling and we can only hope the light is informing us of a something simple like a loose gas cap. As unnerving as it may be, an illuminated check engine light is a useful tool to inform you of potential engine trouble. Although issues may range in severity, it is always ... read more

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The TOP Five Habits That Are Destroying Your Vehicle

The TOP Five Habits That Are Destroying Your Vehicle

Damage to your car begins the moment you drive it off the lot. We all know this, but there are ways to speed up this damage without even realizing it, setting yourself up for some hefty repair bills in the future. Unfortunately, many of the following are common habits, and Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission technicians see drivers unwittingly shortening the lives of their cars every day. Here are some of the worst habits we’ve seen, and how you can turn them around to prevent damage to your car. 1) Maintenance Habit: Going too long between oil changes Yeah, we get it, you’d rather do anything than get an oil change. But your engine oil serves a vital purpose in protecting your vehicle and waiting too long to get it changed is asking for trouble. Your oil cools the engine, cleans engine parts and lubricates the engine as it passes through your drivetrain. As a result, the oil becomes dirty, and i ... read more

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Warning Signs Your Car Is Not Running Properly

Warning Signs Your Car Is Not Running Properly

Catching a problem early is the best way to help prevent long-term damage. This is true for many things. For example, if you roll your ankle, you should ice it, elevate it and take some time to rest as soon as possible. Failure to do so could lead to a more serious, long-lasting injury.  When it comes to your car, the same holds true. By addressing problems early, you’ll likely increase the life of your car and save yourself some money in the process.  You just need to keep an eye out for warning signs that your car may not be running properly or you can ask the professionals at Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission. Battery Trouble One of the most common car problems is an aging or defective battery. With all the electronics on modern vehicles a good working battery is essential. Typically, a car battery should be replaced every three years. After that, most car batteries will become unreliable. If you fin ... read more

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Importance of Car Maintenance with Growing Costs of New Vehicles

Importance of Car Maintenance with Growing Costs of New Vehicles

It’s always fun to drive a new car off the lot. It’s not always fun to pay for it. In fact, paying for a car is unfortunately getting less enjoyable, for a variety of reasons. Cars are getting more expensive. According to the Kelley Blue Book, the average price of a new passenger vehicle jumped 3 % in the last year, to $33,845. And, again, that’s just the average. Many people spend far more on a new car. It’s taking us longer to pay off our cars. Last year, an analysis from Edmunds.com revealed that drivers are now spending more than ever in history to pay off their loans. The average length of time to pay off a car is 69.3 months, up 6.8 percent from five years ago. Car insurance ... read more

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPARK PLUGS

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPARK PLUGS

Among the many things that require routine maintenance on our vehicles are spark plugs.   If your mechanic says you need new spark plugs and you don’t understand why, the explanation of their importance may sound like a second language. Maybe you’d like to speak the language of your mechanic and have a sense of what spark plugs are and why they need to be in good working order.  So, if you’re of the mindset that it can never hurt to learn a little about car maintenance, here’s your spark plug tutorial. Why spark plugs are important. Your car won’t start without them. Why your car won’t start without spark plugs. Here’s how the process works. A spark plug receives an electrical signal from the ignition coil. Spark plugs were well named because a spark is created, and that spark ignites the air-fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber which allows the engine to turn and run. Basically, without ... read more

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BUYING A USED VEHICLE? SIX THINGS TO LOOK AT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET A GREAT VEHICLE

BUYING A USED VEHICLE? SIX THINGS TO LOOK AT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET A GREAT VEHICLE

If you’ve ever put off an oil change, a tune-up or getting your brake pads replaced, you may have well thought, “Well, what’s the big deal, really?” Maybe it isn’t a big deal, depending on how long you have put off your car maintenance. But if you’ve ever bought a used car, what’s the first, beyond the price, thing that you find yourself wondering about? “Boy, I hope the person who owned this car before me took good care of it…” That’s something to keep in mind, the next time you ask yourself, “Is it really a big deal that I’m putting off getting my tires rotated and that I’m going to hold off on the oil change I’ve been putting off for a while now?” Yeah, it kind of is. It’s a big deal for your car and for you, as the paper work on maintaining/repairing your vehicle will have an effect on much the car is worth and how much you’ll likely be able to sell or trade your c ... read more

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Importance of Checking Tire Pressure (and Tread)

Importance of Checking Tire Pressure (and Tread)

Some of the easiest-to-ignore things in life are some of the most important to remember. You probably don’t think about your tire pressure much, but arguably, we all should. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire failure causes about 11,000 crashes a year. And some of those crashes are deadly. A tire blowout can be very scary. For instance, in February 2018, a TV station reported a driver whose tire blew out near Kingsport, Tennessee – the driver (who was not injured) lost control of his car, which then went through a median and a cable barrier and dragged the tangled cables behind it across northbound lanes. Incredibly, nobody was injured, but traffic was delayed for hours. So, you probably don’t need to be convinced that tire safety is impor ... read more

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