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Signs That It Is Time to Replace Your Battery

It isn’t a topic anyone likes to think about, but someday, your car battery is going to die. If you’re lucky, it won’t happen to you when you’re in some random parking lot a gazillion miles from home.

Fortunately, the car battery isn’t likely to die when you’re driving; the alternator keeps the battery operating. Of course, if something goes wrong with the alternator, you could wind up on the side of the road…

But you don’t need to be caught by surprise. There are clues that will alert you that it’s time to change your battery. If being stuck in random parking lots and unexpected places isn’t your idea of fun, and you’d like to head off trouble at the pass, look for these red flags.

The car seems to be having trouble starting. The engine seems to be having trouble revving up? Maybe it won’t start until you hit the gas. That could mean something is amiss. If that’s happening a lot, even if it somehow isn’t the battery weakening – and it probably is – something is wrong. If that’s the case, we’d recommend bringing in your car, as soon as possible, to Milex Complete Auto Care, in order to head off whatever problem your vehicle has.

The check engine light is coming on a lot. Check engine lights coming on are fairly common and could mean something else is wrong. But that can be a sign of a dying battery.

A warning light, in the shape of a battery, comes on. You’ll be “shocked” to know that this is an excellent sign that you’re having trouble with your battery – or with something related to your battery, like the alternator or perhaps your electrical system. And if the battery light comes on while you’re driving, as opposed to when you start the car, there’s a good chance your alternator is about to go out. You probably should pull over and call a tow truck.

Your battery case looks terrible. If the case is cracked, or there’s a chalky white substance (battery acid) around the battery terminals, or the whole thing looks a bit misshapen (extreme heat can do that), your battery’s end times may be near.

Some of the electrical components aren’t what they once were. If you notice that the windows take longer to open or close when the car is running, or your headlights seem awfully dim, that can be a sign that the battery is having trouble getting enough power throughout the vehicle to do these other tasks.

Your car is backfiring. That may be a sign of a dying battery, especially in older cars. It could be a spark plug problem, though. Regardless, backfiring is not a sign of a healthy car.

It’s been years since you’ve replaced your car battery. Check your owner’s manual to see how long your car battery typically will last. If it says that the battery needs to be replaced every five years, and you’re in year two, obviously, you probably have nothing to worry about (especially if the car is running well, and you haven’t noticed signs of trouble). If you’re in year five, you may want to drive down to your friendly neighborhood Milex Complete Auto Car to get a new battery. If you’re somehow in year six, you’re driving on borrowed time. You may want to make an appointment now and let us know you’re coming. We’ll be on the lookout for you.


Importance of Checking Tire Pressure (and Tread)

Some 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.

Even if they aren’t fatal, you feel may feel like you just lost a few years off your life after having one. 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 not injured) lost control of his car, which then went through a median and a cable barried 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 important, but if you aren’t sure how to keep your tires properly pressurized, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.

Find the proper air pressure. Your tires are supposed to be inflated to a certain PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). Generally, the PSI can be found on a sticker in your driver’s door jamb or inside your owner’s manual. Believe it or not, you shouldn’t rely on the PSI that is marked on your tires. That’s because the PSI on the tire refers to the maximum pressure the tire can hold and not the recommended pressure for what the tire should have when it’s on your vehicle.

If you can’t find your PSI, a technician at your local Milex Complete Auto Care would be happy to look at your car and tell you what PSI you’ll need. They’ll be glad to fill your tires to the proper air pressure as well if your tires need replacing.

Don’t over inflate. One could see how you might think, “Well, my PSI is 32. What’s the harm in getting it up to 33 or 34?” Maybe you’ll get lucky, and there won’t be any harm, but the danger of over-inflation is that your tire can become stiff, and its tread – the rubber that meets the road – can be affected. If your tread is harder than normal, that means that less rubber actually touches the road, and it’ll be harder to control your car. That’s problematic in any case, but you could really find yourself in trouble if you’re driving on a road and hit a pothole or a piece of trash, like a soda can or a piece of somebody else’s old tire – any of which could send a car with over-inflated tires in a direction you don’t want to go.

You’re also putting yourself at risk to getting one of those aforementioned blowouts. So, yes, a blowout can happen with a tire that has far too little air in it – but also when it has too much air.

Weather can affect your tire pressure. Has the temperature plummeted? Or is the mercury going way up? During the winter, the cold air can cause your tire pressure to drop, and for the tires to have less air in them. In the summer, if it’s hot enough, your tires can actually end up with more air inside. That’s important to remember if you aren’t in the habit of checking your tire pressure regularly. You’ll at the very least want to eyeball your tires when the weather changes dramatically, and, of course, you may want to check your tire pressure with a tire gauge – or maybe that’s when you’ll want to drop in at Milex Complete Auto Care.

And check that tread. After driving awhile, as you know, your tires age. The tread – the rubber that gives you car traction while driving – starts to get worn off. As that happens, and your tires get less traction, your tires become weaker or thinner. At some point, with every passing mile, your tires are more likely to have that blow out or simply go flat.

So how can you check the thread? Well, look in your spare change and pull out a penny, and we’ll do what tire experts call “the penny test.” See President Lincoln’s hair? Stick the penny with Lincoln’s hair downward, into the grooves of the tread at the top of the tire. If you can’t see part of Lincoln’s head, you still have enough tread on your tires (it doesn’t mean you couldn’t still change them, but if you want to hold off, you probably can). If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s definitely time to buy some new tires.

It admittedly isn’t fun, having to remember about tire pressure. But better to think about tire pressure (and tread) now rather than later stressing about your tires when you’re on the side of a freeway, working on fixing a flat or waiting for a tow truck.


Six Tips for Driving in the Fog

Driving in the fog is a unique experience and it’s far more dangerous to drive in the thick, soupy stuff than you likely realize. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s latest numbers, over 38,700 vehicle crashes occur annually as a result of the fog. Over 600 people killed every year because of it, and 16,300 people are injured.

So the next time a fog settles over your community, and you have to go driving out in it, please think about these driving tips.

Turn on your low beams. You would think since you can’t see, like, anything, that you’d want to turn on your headlights to the brightest setting possible. But fog is made up of little drops of water, and when you turn on your lights to the brightest setting, the light is reflected on the water. In other words, the light is diffused in a way that can make it harder for other drivers – and yourself – to see. But the low-beam lights will cut down on the reflection. Even if it doesn’t seem to help you see better, your low-beam lights will make it easier for other drivers to see you.

Don’t tailgate. This isn’t the time to drive close to another car (not that there’s really ever a time for that). The car in front of you may slam on their brakes because they didn’t see something until the last minute – which means you’ll be slamming on your brakes, or worse, if you don’t seem what’s happening in time, slamming into the car ahead of you.

Don’t worry about the driver behind you. Somebody else is following you too closely? It can be nerve-wracking to have someone close behind – and tempting to speed up, so you can get away from the annoying vehicle. But don’t. If the fog is really bad, driving fast into nothingness is a good way to get into the accident you were trying to avoid.

Focus on the road. In other words, and we probably don’t need to tell you this, but put the phone away. It’s never a good idea to text and drive. It’s beyond unsafe if you’re driving in fog, though. And, of course, tell your kids to be quiet. And this isn’t the time to find a new song on the radio.

Remember your hazard lights. That is, if you end up pulling off at the side of the road, at any point, to wait out the fog, make sure you’re as far away from the road as possible – and then turn on those hazard lights. The idea is to make sure you’re seen, so a car coming up behind you doesn’t drive into you.

Drive with clear windows. Sure, that sounds obvious, but if it’s been snowing or ice is stuck to your window, you know how easy it can be to think, “I’ll clear a few little spots, and then I’ll be able to see well enough, and the car will warm up later, and soon, I’ll be able to see everywhere out my window.” Um, don’t do that. Don’t drive like that without fog, of course, but definitely don’t when there is fog.

If you need the defroster, turn it on, and hopefully you have some strong, working windshield wipers to keep everything off your windshield. If you’ve purchased any wipers and need help installing them, or you feel like you need better headlights, or perhaps your defroster isn’t operating properly, you can get help from your friends at Milex Complete Auto Care.

And remember, the next time a gray blanket covers the area, take extra precautions before you leave. That is, if you have to go out at all. If it makes sense to stay put, please do. As you can imagine, the safest way to drive in fog is to not drive in fog.


A Conversation with Mr. Transmission Franchisee Eddie Glover

How long have you owned a Mr. Transmission franchise?
I have owned the Mr. Transmission franchise in Decatur, Georgia for 16 years.

What did you do before opening a Mr. Transmission store?
Prior to joining Mr. Transmission, I owned an automotive dealership in Decatur.  Before that, I worked with a company that rehabbed apartment complexes.  I received my EPA certification and then opened a turnkey service that handled a wide variety of apartment restoration projects such as painting, HVAC repair and carpet, upholstery and tile and grout cleaning.  I also owned several barbershops and hair salons in the Decatur area.

How has that experience helped you now that you own a Mr. Transmission store?
Although I always loved cars and doing some projects on them growing up, my time with the auto dealership gave me a better understanding of how they operate and how to manage others working on them.  My experience in owning other businesses made me a lot sharper when it came time to operate a Mr. Transmission shop.  Having this knowledge enabled me to hire less staff and cut out the guess work when making decisions for my business.

What drew you to Mr. Transmission as an attractive franchise opportunity?
When I owned the automotive dealership, I purchased cheaper or repossessed cars that required work on them to increase their sales value.  Some of the work we did was in rebuilding transmissions.  One of my co-workers informed me that the Mr. Transmission shop nearby had recently closed and that I should look into it.  I did some research and contacted Moran Family of Brands.  A short time later, I bought the store and reopened it for business.

Do you have a certain experience in which you were able to help someone with a transmission repair that was particularly memorable?
I say all of my experiences here in the shop are memorable.  A lot of times people may come in to us with transmission repair jobs and not have a lot of money.  We try to work with them and be mindful of their situation and sometimes do the repairs at cost.  The relationships we have with our customers are very rewarding, and they are good for business as well.  It keeps customers coming back to us and also leads to many referrals, which is extremely important.

What has that experience of being on the Moran Franchise Advisory Board been like and how has that benefited you and others?
It has been a great experience.  I’ve listened to other experienced owners and heard their ideas on how to grow their business.  The franchise owners come from all parts of the country and they may have a different perspective on business than what I have.  We all share our thoughts and ideas on how to approach the business and incorporate it into our own operations.

What has been the best part about being a Moran franchisee?Having the freedom to create my own business and determine its success.  The harder I work, the more success I have.  We get great support from the corporate office.  The interaction I have with our customers and the impact we have in the community is very rewarding.

What would you tell prospective franchisees interested in owning their own business?
I would say the #1 rule is to know your craft.  I can’t stress that enough.  In some businesses, may be able to have absentee ownership but I don’t believe that is the case in the auto repair industry.  You have to be familiar with the paperwork and the work that goes on in the shop each day.  You need to have just as much, if not more, knowledge than your staff about the work that needs to be done.


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’t 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 sends 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 – and the engine begins running.

Basically, without spark plugs, your car is a really large paperweight.

The spark plugs should be in good working order.
Now, they don’t have to be, for your car to drive. If you have spark plugs that are wearing out, but they still work, your car may end up moving, but you may find that it takes a little longer to accelerate on the gas, and in general, your car may not get as much mileage. It also means you’re driving on borrowed time. If your spark plugs are weakening, it isn’t as if they’re going to get stronger on their own. Eventually, you’re going to amble over to your parked car and turn the ignition – and nothing will happen.

It’s natural for spark plugs to be replaced every so often.
You can take the best care of your car – you’ll still need to get them replaced.

Spark plugs are generally installed every 30,000 miles. So, if you drive a lot, you may end up replacing them every couple years – or a little less frequently if you’re not putting a lot of miles on your car.

Are there other benefits to having spark plugs?

  • Your car’s overall performance should improve. If you were operating on weak spark plugs, and you always had to press your foot to the gas for longer than seemed normal, that should stop now.
  • You’ll fill up at the tank less. Your fuel economy should improve.
  • Less air pollution. Fewer emissions will come out of your car when your spark plugs are working properly.
  • No crazy ignition sounds. You’ll turn on the ignition and away you go – instead of having a car that jerks around as you try to leave the driveway or a parking lot.

If you want to impress your friends with your spark plug knowledge…

Copper spark plugs tend to have the shortest life span. Platinum spark plugs are better than copper but also considered to be somewhat inferior to the best spark plugs, which are made of iridium spark plugs, which are, yes, more costly but tend to last the longest.

Helpful rule of thumb: the stronger the material, the more long-lasting the spark plug.

Still, unsure as to which type of spark plug is the best? Be sure to check your owner’s manual or consult a technician at your local Milex Complete Auto Care.

But the next time you bring your car into a Milex shop for a question about spark plugs, hopefully you’ll also feel like you’re speaking their language.


What are your business’s weaknesses?

Nobody can do everything.
That is, nobody can do everything alone.

Even the people you admire but also secretly hate, who seem like they’ve mastered multi-tasking and are bad at nothing are probably simply very good at delegating and outsourcing what needs to be done.

Remember that, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed and wondering how you’re going to manage every facet of your business, such as increasing your marketing to training your employees to managing your cash flow – all the while trying to take things to the next level.

Which is why you may want to consider becoming part of a franchise. It is, after all, the ultimate strategy for getting everything done without having to do it all yourself. Like the old saying goes, being part of a franchise means going into business for yourself — but not by yourself.

Moran Family of Brands prides itself on being the ultimate partner, or if you prefer, an executive assistant. We’ve always understood that the franchise owners are business owners. You work for yourself. But Moran Family of Brands help franchise owners work better and more efficiently.

Maybe, of course, becoming a franchisee isn’t what you should do. But if you’re on the fence and considering joining a franchise, it may help to look at your weaknesses – and then see if a franchise partner such as Moran Family of Brands can give you the tools to help strengthen the areas you could use help with.

You should definitely consider teaming up with Moran Family of Brands if your weaknesses include…

Marketing. As you know, when nobody knows anything about your business, it can be hard to entice new customers to give you a second glance, let alone come in the door. That’s especially true when it comes to car maintenance. There are enough bad actors and incompetent mechanics that, unfortunately, it can be very difficult to be a mom and pop business – and draw in a steady crowd of clientele. Which means you may have to spend an inordinate amount of time and money on your marketing, which is hard to do if you’re having trouble attracting new customers in the first place.

But when you’re part of a franchise, especially on like Moran Family of Brands, which has trusted names such as Milex, Alta Mere and Mr. Transmission, much of your marketing is done with your signs. That is, the public will see you, a trusted name and known entity – rather than looking through you and passing on by.  You control 100 percent of your advertising budget.  We will coach you and guide you with solid recommendations that we have tested and have proven to be effective.  We will collaborate with you for your ultimate benefit as a business owner.

Bookkeeping. Nobody’s born understanding profit margins and cash flow and how to manage revenues and expenses. Maybe you love working with customers but your eyes glaze over when you pull out your Excel spreadsheet and calculator. We offer comprehensive training programs to teach you our proven, successful business systems. And, of course, you may want to delegate and have someone else at your company work with our business systems and do the bookkeeping.

Employee management. Do you have trouble hiring the right people? Do they sometimes end up flaking out in the middle of a shift and leaving you high and dry? Or do you find that they’re immature or lacking in expertise? While we can’t guarantee you won’t find the occasional bad apple in a bunch, we bet the quality of your employees will go way up once you’re aligned with Moran Family of Brands. With our recruitment resources and screening process to help in determining technician qualifications, we’ll help you hire and retain skilled technicians.

Customer service. Do you think you’re a little weak in this area? (Probably because you’re busy trying to find better technicians, making payroll and improving your marketing.) Well, we’ll help you and your staff here, too, using our proven, established customer service methods and best practices.

In short, nobody can do everything alone, but when you work with Moran Family of Brands, you’re never alone. And as part of the Moran family, you’ll soon be amazed at everything you can do.

Visit our franchise site today to find out why partnering with us is a great way to help support your business!


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 percent 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 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 is going up. Federal Consumer Price Index information shows that car insurance shot up 7.9 percent in 2017. So it stands to reason that if you buy a newer, more expensive car, you’re going to see your car insurance premiums far surpass what you’re paying now.

If you have more money than you know what to do with, go have fun buying that new car. For the rest of us, it obviously makes sense to keep our current cars in as tip-top shape as possible. And it can be done. As Consumer Reports pointed out last year, the average age on all cars on the road is more than 11 years, up three years from 1995, and that plenty of cars have 200,000 miles and more on the odometer. What’s more, Consumer Reports pointed out, making your car last up to 200,000 miles, which typically takes about 15 years, can result in savings of more than $30,000.

To keep your car running in tip-top shape, it is important to perform routine maintenance on your vehicle.  That means making sure your car receives regular oil changes, keeping the air in your tries from going too low and making sure car parts, like brake pads, aren’t pushed to the brink.

Nobody wants to pay for a car part that has plenty of wear and tear left, but when it comes to car maintenance, it’s always smarter to play it a little safe. If you never change a timing belt, you may run out of time – where not only are you pulling over at the side of the road at an inopportune time, you may later discover that your worn and shorn timing belt has led to damaging other parts, like cylinders and crank bearings.

Bring your car in for regular service at your local Milex Complete Auto Care store.  Our professionals will handle all of your vehicle maintenance needs and be sure to catch any minor issues before they become major, expensive problems. Which is why it’s important to…

Listen to your car. Your car often will tell you when its in trouble. Maybe you have lights that come on when your tires are low. There’s that check engine light. If you’re constantly turning up the radio to drown out a weird car noise, listen to the noise, not the music. Your car is speaking to you, and it probably would like to speak to a mechanic, stat.

Do you smell anything weird in the car? That’s another possible problem. Look at it this way. If you feel pretty bad, you hopefully go to a doctor or at least take some medicine. If your car seems like it feels bad, you should get it checked out.

Be sure to visit your local Milex Complete Auto car store for regular maintenance on your vehicle.  Every time you think about putting off a visit to get your car looked at, keep in mind that saving your car will save you money in the long run.


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 of 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.

Battery Trouble
One of the most common car problems is an aging or defective battery. Typically, a car battery should be replaced every three years or so. After four or five years, the majority of car batteries will become unreliable. If you find your car will crank, but not start, that’s a good indicator that it’s time for a new battery.

Occasionally, a battery may die because you left a light on overnight. That’s not a major problem – you’ll just need to jumpstart your battery, then you’ll be on your way in no time. However, if you find your car will not start consistently and you constantly need to jumpstart your battery, it may be time for a replacement.

Engine Trouble
Another potential problem area is your engine. A car engine has numerous working components, and parts will inevitably wear out over time. It’s important to catch engine trouble early so it doesn’t create a domino effect of problems. Some early indicators include:

  • the check engine light illuminating,
  • oil indicator lights turning on,
  • trouble accelerating or
  • continual overheating.

Also, if your car begins to jerk, pull or shake as you drive, it could be an indication that your spark plugs have gone bad or your fuel lines are clogged. Finally, if your car begins to smoke, you should stop driving immediately as the situation may be dangerous. Proper engine care is crucial not only to your car’s longevity, but to your safety as the driver.

Alternator Issues
Your car’s alternator works hard to generate electric power for your car. Whenever your car is running, the alternator will charge your battery and helps supply power for the vehicle’s electric system. It’s a very important component for your car, and you should monitor it accordingly. If you notice your car’s lights begin to dim or warning lights flashing, you should take the time to get your alternator checked out.

Finally, anytime your car makes unusual or concerning sounds or smells, it’s time for a checkup! Not all “symptoms” mean that emergency actions need to be taken, so deal with them quickly to avoid longer term problems down the road. To diagnose your car’s symptoms and get the help you need, visit your local Milex Complete Auto Care location today.


Benefits of a Remote Starter in the Winter

Winter mornings can be cold, dark and dreary affairs. While no one cherishes the idea of rolling out of bed and climbing into a freezing cold car, there are steps you can take to making your morning commute a little bit nicer.  Installing a remote starter for your car can benefit your comfort, your car health and even your safety.

Keep Warm
The most noticeable benefit of using a remote car starter is the feeling of a nice, toasty car interior on those bitter-cold mornings. A remote starter can warm up your car for you while you get ready in the morning; that way by the time you make your way outside, you only have to briefly brave the icy winter air before enjoying the comfort of your lovely, warm car.

Improve Long-Term Engine Performance
A remote starter isn’t just beneficial for your personal comfort, it can actually be good for your car’s health, too. By starting your car remotely, you’re not just warming up the car’s interior, you’re warming up the engine itself. Much like the human body, an engine performs best when it is properly prepared. To perform at its peak, oil needs time to heat up as it lubricates the engine before you drive away. Through properly warming up your engine, you may extend the lifespan of the engine. With the remote start, by the time you’re ready for the day, your car will be too.

Increase Safety
Finally, a remote starter can help keep you safe! Because your car has had a chance to warm up a bit, you’ll be able to easily clear off your windshield. Too many people are in a rush in the morning and don’t take the time to properly scrape the ice and snow from their car. According to, this is actually illegal in some states. Driving with obscured vision is unsafe, particularly in icy weather. You won’t be able to see pedestrians and fellow drivers, and you may find yourself involved in a serious accident. By utilizing a remote starter, the ice will begin to melt and wiping off your windshield will take much less time. You’ll be able to quickly get on your way without compromising safety.

In addition, despite the common misconception that using a remote start will make you more susceptible to thieves, you are really quite safe. The remote starter does not unlock your doors, it only starts your engine. You will still need the right key to open the car door and move the transmission into drive. Your running car also indicates that you are close by, which will help keep thieves away.

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Protecting Your Car From the Cold of Winter

As frigid temperatures around most of the country whisked out last year and welcomed in 2018, we are reminded of the importance of taking care of our cars in these freezing conditions.  Just as you might have made the resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle, pledge your loyalty to your vehicle this new year with routine maintenance and these need-to-know winter car care tips from Milex Complete Auto Care.

Coolant, which is a mixture of antifreeze and water, is extremely important as it keeps your vehicle’s engine from freezing in cold temperatures and reduces corrosion. It is recommended that coolant be flushed and refilled every two years, but this may vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Be sure to check coolant levels and examine your engine for potential leaks early in the season. Remember, a 50/50 blend of antifreeze and water has a lower freezing point than full-strength antifreeze, making it safer during winter months.

Tire pressure is known to decrease with drops in temperature, which is why it is so important to break out the gauge and check your pressure frequently. Roughly one pound of pressure is lost per every 10-degree drop in temperature! At best, an underinflated tire can lead to poor gas mileage. At worst, it may cause a tire blowout and contribute to an accident. If snowy conditions are a constant in your life, you may want to invest in specialty tires too.

Gasoline and Oil
Keep your gas tanks at least half full during the winter months, as it prevents water from freezing inside your fuel pump and is generally a good idea in case of emergencies. Cold temperatures make motor oil thicker and creates unwanted friction in the engine. Consider using a lighter grade of oil in the winter months if you live in a cold climate.  Change your vehicle’s oil and filter every 3,000 to 5,000 miles and use the recommended oil viscosity range for these chilly winter months.

Winter weather sure does pack a punch when it comes to your car’s battery, especially if your vehicle is parked outside. Whenever you can, park your vehicle under a covered carport or in a garage to protect it from howling winds and cold air. Winter temperatures cause a car’s electrical system to work harder, particularly with the increased power demands of heating systems, defrosters and windshield wipers.  Dirt, corrosion and debris can cause your battery to work harder, so keep an eye out and ensure things are tidy under the hood. We recommend having your battery checked or replaced if it is approaching the end of its life (about three years) before winter strikes.

As we hit the peak of winter’s ice-cold temperatures, be sure to follow these important car care tips and remember to visit the experts at Milex Complete Auto Care to handle anything winter weather may throw your way!