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Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency

Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency

Nobody likes to think about it, but things can go wrong when you’re driving. Sometimes very wrong. One reason we often tell people to bring their vehicles in for regular maintenance is that things are less likely to go wrong if you take care of your car. You’re far less likely to have a flat tire or to see your car engine suddenly go up in smoke if you’re bringing in your car to Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission of Cary for regular oil changes. After all, it’s has Complete Auto Care in the name for a reason. Fluids are topped off, and if there’s a filter that needs changed, or the tires are looking anemic, we’ll let you know. But sometimes things can go wrong even if your car is being routinely inspected and is running well. So, please, look around your car sometime and make sure you’re carrying the following: Your cell phone. Probably obvious, and you probably don&rsq ... read more

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How To Check For Wear and Tear On Your Vehicles Inner Workings

How To Check For Wear and Tear On Your Vehicles Inner Workings

It’s easy to tell when your car is getting old on the outside. The paint starts to get dull, your headlights aren’t as bright, and you might have a few scratches here and there. But what about under the hood? It can be hard to tell what’s going on in your car’s guts, not to mention when certain parts need timely maintenance. We at Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission of Cary have some good tips on how to tell when your car’s mechanics need a check-up from inner wear and tear! 1. Jerking motions while driving or revving while idling. Both are indications you will need to have your car checked as soon as possible. What they most commonly indicate is engine trouble, whether that be from normal wear and tear or from lack of frequent maintenance. It could also be from issues with your air filter, but either way, you should get it checked! 2. Reduced gas mileage or engine misfiring ... read more

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Tires

How To Get The Most Out Of 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 together with Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission of Cary. 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, under inflated tires will wear out earlier than properly inflated tires. 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. You don’t want to find out the spa ... 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 engine oil regularly. Oil changes done at Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission of Cary 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 should you change the oil? The oil does a vital job. It lubricates the parts of the engine while keeping it clean. The oil grabs all the dirt, dust, carbon, fuel and even water that is in your engine. All those things would otherwise cause damage to parts through wear and corrosion. The oil filter helps to filter out these solid contaminants to allow the oil to last longer. But the filter and the oil have limits on how much contamination they can hold. The filter once full of contamination will go into bypass and will stop filtering. &nb ... read more

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Don’t Pinch Pennies on Car Maintenance

Don’t Pinch Pennies on Car Maintenance

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Pay me now or pay me later.” I’m not sure of the origin of this phrase but in 1972 Fram Oil Filters used this phrase in a series of television commercials talking about their oil filters. The actor starts by holding up a Fram Oil Filter and says, “You can pay me now,” then holds up a piston and says, “or, you can pay me later”.  The lesson being, saving money on the little things can cost you big later on. 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. Drivers are paying more than ever for vehicles these days and they expect them to last longer than ever. According to the most recent ... read more

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The Four Things That Determine If You Need New Tires

The Four Things That Determine If You Need New Tires

You need to be aware of these four things when deciding if you need new tires: tread wear, exposure to the elements, tire age and visual inspection. Tread Wear Use the penny test. With this easy test, a penny can buy you peace of mind when it comes to your tires and safety. Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire. Looking across the tread surface of your tire, if your tread is touching Lincoln’s head the it means you have at least 2/32 of an inch of tread depth which is good enough to be safe. If your tread does not touch Lincoln’s head your tire tread is shallow and worn, and your tires need to be replaced.   Why Worry About Tread Wear? The most important reason to worry about tread wear is safety. When your tire tread is worn, your car may respond poorly in adverse weather conditions like rain and snow. The tires ability to displace water or slush from between the tire and the road is diminished from w ... read more

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AUGUST IS BRAKE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

AUGUST IS BRAKE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

Your brakes are one of the most important systems for accident prevention. Brakes are your first line of defense when it comes to avoiding collisions. This is why it’s so important to take good care of your vehicle’s brakes by consistently performing scheduled maintenance. August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, so we at Milex Complete Auto Care / Mr. Transmission want to make sure you’re informed about the best way to monitor the condition of your brakes. Your braking system is made up of generally six components: pads (shoes), rotors (drums), calipers, lines, master cylinder and ABS controller. Luckily, most of these parts last a long time. The parts of your brakes that need the most routine maintenance are your pads and rotors. Pads and rotors are the wear parts of the braking system. So, having regular inspections is necessary to assure you have adequate braking material on both. Also, routinely check yo ... read more

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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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