Archive for May, 2015

  • 9 ways guys can impress a girl with his car

    Here we share with you 9 ways guys can impress a girl with his car. This is something every man should know #MidasManCave Cars and women may be a guy’s two favorite things, but how well do they mix? How can a guy impress a girl with his car? For starters, I’m always impressed when a guy HAS a car… and when a repo man’s not after it… that’s a good place to start! But there are more… here are 9 ways a guy can impress a girl with his car, thus combining his two favorite things: cars and women. IT’S CLEAN Fellas, it doesn’t matter if you have the coolest car on the face of the planet — if it’s dirty, you’re not going to impress a girl with your car. When we girls see a messy car, we automatically assume, fair or not, that the guy inside, and his life, are also messy. TWO WORDS: HEATED SEATS Is there anything worse than sliding onto a cold leather seat in the middle of winter, especially if you’re wearing a little black dress? Nope. That’s why a guy can really impress his woman by having heated seats. I know they come standard on most models now, but they still wow me. NICE WHEELS While most guys think women may not notice these things, we do. Tires and wheels are important! We girls may not like the over-the-top wheels (like spinners, yuck!) but we do like sharp-looking wheels… especially when they’re not covered in grim brake dust (see item 1). GOOD SOUND SYSTEM We girls absolutely do NOT want our ears drums to suffer while riding in your car, but we also want to enjoy music while we’re driving with you. A good sound system is a must, then. Just use restraint and remember that if it’s too loud or too bass-y, we won’t come back for a second ride. LOTS OF POWER You already know this, guys: power is sexy. So we like a car with lots of power, and we love the low rumble of a muscle car, new or vintage. IT’S ECO-FRIENDLY By the same token, some of us might like guys who drive eco-friendly cars. As a greener (hippy chick) myself, I think highly of a guy who drives a Prius or Volt. Some girls might not think it’s sexy, but I sure do! HE KNOWS HOW TO MAINTAIN IT Guys, there’s nothing less sexy than a man who can’t tell what’s wrong with his…

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  • What does an Electric Solenoid do?

    What does an electric solenoid do? In this article we give you a brief overview #MidasPower At Randburg Midas you will find a wide range of car solenoids available. In an automobile ignition system, the starter solenoid acts as a relay, bringing metal contacts into place to close a circuit. The starter solenoid receives a small electric current when the car’s ignition is activated, usually by the turn of the key. The magnetic field of the solenoid then pulls on the contacts, closing the circuit between the car’s battery and the starter motor. The starter solenoid requires a constant flow of electricity in order to maintain the circuit, but because the engine is self-powering once started, the solenoid is inactive for most of the time. Source: www.ehow.com

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  • Remove smoke stains from a car

    Know how to remove smoke stains from a car is a great skill to master. Make sure to keep your car in show and shine condition #Carwash For all of your car cleaning needs, speak to our friendly staff at Randburg Midas. Unfortunately, there is no easy cleaning method for smoke stains of this type. The method you should use depends on the condition of the ceiling fabric and the adhesive holding it up. The rest of the upholstery should be more durable, but even that can easily be damaged if it’s weak or compromised (as might be the case with continued exposure to smoke). As a result, you should be extremely careful as you work. Start with gentle motions and test as inconspicuously as possible to prevent damaging your vehicle’s interior. You Will Need: A foam upholstery cleaner Sponge Water Vacuum Steps to Remove the Stain: Begin by vacuuming all areas of the car that are going to be cleaned. This will remove any loose dirt or dust. Spray foam upholstery cleaner, following the directions and precautions on the can. For best results, choose a product specified for automotive use. Use a damp sponge to scrub carpets, seats, and the more durable stained fabrics (not the ceiling). Rinse the sponge frequently with clean water. Allow the upholstery cleaner to remain on the ceiling for a while (or as directed on the label) to give it more time to work. Gently dab or wipe the dry foam away. Repeat as needed. Additional Tips and Advice An alternative method is to use a steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment.  However, the suction action of the steam cleaner could separate the ceiling fabric from the roof of the car, so use extreme caution if you attempt to do this. Avoid scrubbing the ceiling. Using pressure may cause piling or separation. Most vehicle seats can withstand gentle scrubbing action without damage to the upholstery. For best results, ensure that the area to be cleaned is free of loose debris, dust, and grime before you begin. If the stains are not removed with the cleaner, try pre-treating it with some vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will cut through the nicotine that leaves the dark staining. Test a small area first to ensure there are no unwanted results. If you have any adverse effects on the test areas or problems with the fabric separating from…

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  • Power-Steering Fluid

    Power-Steering Fluid is essential in all modern cars. Without it, when turning your car it would feel like you are driving a tank #MidasLiquids Randburg Midas stocks a wide range of power-steering fluids that will meet the specification of any car. In power rack-and-pinion steering, fluid pressurised by the pump pushes on either side of a piston mounted to the rack, helping you turn the wheels. Simply put, power-steering fluid is the hydraulic fluid that transmits the power in power steering. Servicing it involves draining or flushing out your car’s old power-steering fluid and then adding fresh power steering fluid. Should I do this service when it’s recommended? Absolutely. The fluid is the cheapest component of your power-steering system. Changing it can help to prolong the life of other, more expensive power-steering components such as the power-steering pump and the stratospherically expensive power-steering rack. Why do I have to do this? Over time, the seals, O-rings and internal power-steering components will wear out. When they break apart, they contaminate the power-steering fluid, which forces the power-steering pump to work harder (having to pump little chunks instead of just fluid) and eventually break down. What happens if I don’t do this? You’ll eventually chew up your power-steering pump. It’ll have to be replaced at a cost of several hundred dollars, or you’ll have no power steering — and you can’t easily drive a car that’s equipped with power steering when the power-steering system fails. You also may damage the rack, which will require you to take out a small home-equity loan to replace. Is there any maintenance required between intervals? If you hear a whining or moaning noise when you turn the steering wheel, you should have your power-steering system checked. Your power-steering pump may be about to fail. Also, if you notice a leak of any kind, you should definitely check your power-steering fluid level and make sure you keep it topped up. Running out of fluid will cook the pump, too. Car Talk Tip: If you do a lot of your own car maintenance, and you feel like servicing the power-steering fluid yourself, you’ll still need to dispose of the old fluid properly. Source: www.cartalk.com

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  • Use power tools effectively

    Always use power tools effectively! A power tool can be your best friend or worst enemy, but after reading this article you will never have power tool issues again #Powertool Visit Randburg Midas for all of your DIY power tool needs Following basic safety practices when using power tools contributes to safer conditions for the machine or tool operator and provides cost savings for the fabrication shop through improved productivity and extended consumable life When it comes to using tools such as right-angle grinders, flap discs, die grinders, and cutoff wheels, you should keep in mind some basic tips to help promote safe and proper usage. Raising awareness of basic safety practices and thinking about safety before the job starts—and after the job is complete—can help curb accidents and injuries in the shop. Practicing these basic safety rules when using tools not only contributes to safer conditions for you, it can also contribute to cost savings for the fabrication shop through improved productivity and extended consumable life. Additionally, labor-hours are maximized when injuries are prevented. Practice Basic Safety. The following tips can help you improve safety regardless of your application or work environment. Wear proper safety gear. Most manufacturers’ tool and accessory instructions include specifications about the recommended safety gear. In most situations, face and eye protection are the common first level of protection. Keep aisles and work areas clear of clutter. This can help prevent accidental trips and falls in the shop. In addition, doing so benefits your shop’s productivity when operators don’t have to step over clutter or take the time to search for tools or accessories. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before using the tool. It’s important that you understand the basic safety information and proper usage for each tool or accessory. It’s also a good idea to read any material safety data sheets before using the tool to familiarize yourself with specific safety considerations for the materials being used. Inspect the tool or accessory each time it is used. While it sounds obvious, the simple act of a quick once-over inspection can help you to determine if anything is wrong with the tool or accessory, such as chips in the grinding wheel or a frayed cord on a power tool. This is an especially important step when multiple people use the same tools and accessories over the course of numerous work shifts in a fabrication shop. Choose the Right Tools Another…

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