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Squeeze a Few More Miles Out of That Gallon of Gas

December 17th, 2015
If you’re past “a certain age,” you might remember when gas was $1.50 per gallon, or $1.00 per gallon, or 59 cents, or what-have-you…but the truth is that everything has gotten more expensive. After all, when gas was $1.00 per gallon, a nicely tricked-out Chevrolet Caprice Classic was selling for about $6,000 brand new. 

 
Now that we’re well into the 21st century, gas prices are likely to fluctuate, but one thing’s for sure: gas is likely to never be “cheap” again. We know that everyone’s trying to get a little more out of every dollar, and whether you’re driving a big SUV or a subcompact, there are things you can do to help your vehicle’s fuel economy: 
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

The Holidays Are Coming – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?

 
Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper 
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
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Winter Tires? Or All-Season Tires?

November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
 
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss. 
All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions. 
All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound th ...[more]
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Don’t Forget Your Spare

October 29th, 2015
Oh, the lowly spare tire. It doesn’t get much respect. 
 
Today, a lot of vehicles don’t even come with a spare tire anymore, not even the little “donut” space-saver spare. Instead, to cut weight and free up space, they come with a compressor and a can of a Fix-a-Flat-style product in hopes that you can get back on your way again. Great idea, unless your tire has a sidewall puncture or is shredded…
Anyway, if your car is equipped with a spare, you shouldn’t just ignore it. Tires have a shelf life, and time will take its toll on any tire, including ones that are never on the ground. Even brand-new tires have a sell-by date; the industry agrees that tires that are older than six to eight years old are pr ...[more]
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Winter is Coming

October 15th, 2015
The days are getting shorter, there’s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready? 
 
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun’s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of 
Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly. 
Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or ...[more]
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What Makes All-Season Tires So Great?

July 15th, 2015

So your closet has a pair of flip-flops for the summer, a pair of heavy boots for the winter, and a comfortable pair of sneakers for most of the rest of the year. If you live in a climate that doesn’t have harsh winters, you might just be able to wear those sneakers year-round...and all-season tires are the equivalent of your comfortable sneakers.

So what makes all-season tires so special?

Winter tires are excellent for severe conditions like heavy snow and even ice. They feature specially-designed tread patterns and “sipes”, hundreds of tiny slits which offer biting edges for traction in snow. This means shorter stopping distances, better handling and better control in winter weather. Winter tires are not d

esigned for tempera ...[more]

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What Does Your Check Engine Light Mean? Milstead Automotive

January 23rd, 2015

When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.

The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engine is running. Your Tire and Automotive service department can diagnose the problem, but there are ways to preview what the problem might be.

Prior to 1996, carmakers had their own engine diagnostic systems, primarily to ensure their cars w ...[more]

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Tire Tips to Prepare for Fall

October 7th, 2014

tires spring txAs the first leaves of fall drop in Spring, TX, Milstead Automotive is eager to assist customers in preparing their tires for seasonal travel. Through comprehensive tire repair and installation, Milstead Automotive is prepared with the highest quality products and machinery to quickly service tires for fall. Shop Milstead Automotive’s complete selection of brand name tires including: BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Firestone, Goodyear and Michelin Tires. Trust Milstead Automotive tire specialist for all tire services this season for improved vehicle safety and motility.

As leaves accumulate on roadways they can provide dangerous or slippery conditions for drivers as tires can easily lose traction. Driving on wet leaves is similar to driving on ice as surface structure is not stable and can quickly cause an accident. Reduce chances for ...[more]

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Save on Auto Repairs with Transmission Services

August 1st, 2014

transmission repair spring texasInvesting in the future of drivers in the Spring, TX area, Milstead Automotive constantly searches for cost effective ways to keep customers current with auto repair and maintaining top vehicle operations. Sustaining proper vehicle maintenance begins with ensuring regular auto repairs such as: oil changes, belt replacements and fluid refills are regularly scheduled and updated. Servicing all the complexities of vehicle engines, Milstead Automotive encourages customers to add transmission repair and services to their routine vehicle upkeep, as small repairs now can save costly repairs in the future.

Responsible for shifting gears to control speed and wheel power, there is no engine component more intricate or crucial than a vehicle’s transmission. Milstead ...[more]

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Give the Gift of Life – Memorial Blood Drive 06/27/14

June 3rd, 2014

Below is a recent Press Release regarding our upcoming Memorial Blood Drive

by: Amy Milstead

Any automotive accident is devastating, but no grief can possibly compare to the heartbreak of losing a loved one at the hands of impaired driving. Entirely avoidable and selfishly reckless, impaired driving prematurely takes the lives of over 17,000 drivers and passengers per year. This June give your support to the memorial of drunk driving victims and join Milstead Automotive in giving the most valuable gift one person can give another- the gift of life.

To parti ...[more]

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