Archive for April, 2015

  • Engine Flush

    Every time you service your car you should do an engine flush #MidasServiceParts Be sure to get your engine flush next time you are at Randburg Midas getting your service parts. With time even the best engine oil deteriorates and contaminates the engine with gums and varnish deposits that a simple oil change just cannot remove. Any new oil may be compromised and be contaminated by deposits left behind. Extended service intervals are placing higher demands on today’s engine oils, making it now even more important to ensure that the new oil is given the optimum chance to protect the engine. Most engine flushes are solvent-type products, they tend to reduce the lubrication of the oil. If this type of flush is left in the engine too long mechanical damage can occur and engine seals can affected. Damage may not be visible but is irreversible. Wynn’s Engine Flush has been formulated to gently dissolve and remove internal engine contaminants by suspending them in a high level of dispersants. The non-solvent formula assures maximum drainage of the contaminants with the used oil, thereby minimising new oil contamination. Features & Benefits: Extends engine life & prepares engine prior to Oil & Filter Change Dissolves varnish, sludge and other contaminants from vital engine parts Prepares engine to optimise new oil & filter life Solvent Free, will not damage seals Recommended for new or old petrol, diesel & LPG engines Source: www.wynns.net

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  • Timing Belt Replacement

    Here are 8 signs that your timing belt needs replacement #SmokeBreak Randburg Midas stock a full range of timing belts and timing chains. Because of the costly nature of timing belt replacement many car owners can be reluctant to get it replaced at the appropriate time. A recent study found that one out of five vehicles needs a new belt, which is crazy when there are 15+ million cars on South Africa’s roads. Unfortunately this neglect could bring on more costly damages to your engine and components, and when the timing belt does fail you’ll be left stranded as your vehicle cannot operate without it. It is always better to be preventative rather than reactive so here are a few things your mechanic will look out for. Material Loss Belt wear is just like tyre wear, as you lose grip you lose traction, which makes the timing belt slip. This is more likely to happen during high load use (pulling a trailer/caravan) or in wet weather. Belt Abrasion This normally occurs when there is a tensioner or pulley misalignment, excessive heat or bearing failure. Your mechanic will notice the belt’s edges have been worn down to the filaments inside. Cracking This sign of wear is self-explanatory. Your mechanic will inspect both the topside and underside (rib cross-section); if your vehicle has a neoprene timing belt and there are a lot of cracks this can indicate excessive wear, which needs to be attended to ASAP. Glazing Glazing is when the timing belt has a shiny or glossy appearance on the underside, which means the belt has gone stiff and isn’t providing the flexibility needed. Your mechanic will check this by trying to put an indent into the surface of the belt. If it doesn’t leave a mark the belt needs replacing. Pilling As the timing belt ages the material it loses can build up loosely in the rib cross-sections. This can cause belt noise and excess vibration. Your mechanic will also check the accessory brake pulleys for further material build up as they may also need to be changed. Hydroplaning This occurs when water cannot be dispersed away from the warn belt and pulleys. The belt then hydroplanes on water between the belt and pulleys, which results in a loss of power to engine accessories. Elongation Material loss can also change the effective length of the belt, moving the tensioner beyond its take-up limit….

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  • Build the Perfect Camp Fire

    Learning to build the perfect camp fire is a great skill to master for those cold night camp fires. Be sure to come and see us at Randburg Midas before your next camping trip for all the gear you will need! So, now you’re really ready to go. You’ve got a site, collected your tinder, kindling, and fuel wood and now you just need to put it all together. How are you going to build your campfire? The way you assemble your wood before lighting it is called the Fire Lay and there are a few classic methods to use, depending on what you will use your fire for. I nearly always start with a teepee unless I’ve been asked to create a large council fire for entertainment. Whatever type of fire you decide to make, keep these things in mind: Plan where you will light it – leave an opening to reach the tinder. Light the upwind side so the wind blows the flame into the fuel. Leave air space between pieces of wood. Build UP, not OUT. Create a higher pile of wood rather than a flatter pile. Teepee Fire This is my favorite and I believe the most useful and easiest to light. The key is to stick a few sticks into the ground to supply support for the rest of the kindling. Place your tinder bundle on the ground or on a small piece of bark. Stick three or four kindling twigs in the ground to form a teepee above the tinder. Lean small kindling twigs against the downwind side of the tinder. Leave an opening on the upwind side all the way to the center tinder where you can light the fire. Continue to lean twigs around the teepee structure. Work your way up to pencil-sized sticks, leaving plenty of air space between sticks. Poke three or four pencil-sized sticks into the ground forming a larger teepee structure. Lean some smaller fuelwood pieces against this support structure. Have additional small fuelwood and kindling ready in case it is needed. This style produces a fast flame and quickly falls into itself in a pile of coals. The heat is directed up to a single point and is useful for boiling water in a single pot above the teepee. Once the teepee collapses, fuelwood can be laid around it like a log cabin or just criss-cross on top of the flames. Log…

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