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Archive for June, 2015

  • Three do’s and don’ts of car washing

    Follow these three do’s and don’ts of car washing to save you from potentially damaging your car #Carwash Speak to us for products to clean your car at Midas Randburg | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za You put a lot of effort into looking good, so it’s no surprise that you want your ride to look good, too. The best way to do this is a good, thorough wash with lots of attention to detail. Some car washing chemicals can be irritating to skin and to the planet, so look for eco-friendly ones (yes, they do exist), if you’re concerned about the environment. Don’t want it to be boring? Get a friend to help you, then go do something fun in your squeaky clean whip. Prepare for spring with these 3 Car Washing Dos and Don’ts. Do Wear comfortable clothes that don’t have metal zippers or snaps on them while you wash your ride. You don’t want to scratch your paint when you’re leaning up the side to reach the roof — especially if your ride is a big bukkie. Don’t Forget to take your jewelry off before you start washing. If you wear rings, watches, necklaces, a belt, or anything else that could potentially scratch the paint — leave it inside. There’s time enough for style when your ride is clean. Do Use diluted baby shampoo to get bird shit off your paint as soon as possible, even if you don’t have time to wash your car right away. It’s gentle enough for babies, and it breaks that nasty stuff up quickly so you can wipe it away. It’s also specially effective if you have birds in your area that have been eating alarmingly bright berries. Don’t Let the baby shampoo stay on the car too long — especially in the sun. We’re not sure this is a possibility, but we don’t want you run the risk of having areas of faded paint on your ride. Do Read the directions on the car care products you use. Some might have special tips about how to achieve the best results with that company’s products. Others might have a specific time that they want you to wait before rinsing — or buffing, in the case of leather creams and car waxes. Don’t Just use any old cleaner on your precious car’s paint (or on the seats). Baby…

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  • How do I refill my windscreen wiper with fluid?

    How do I refill my windscreen wiper with fluid? Here is a nice step by step guide #MidasLiquids Speak to us at Midas Randburg | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za If your windscreen needs a clean, there is a chance you need to refill your windscreen wiper with fluid. This will ensure that the coast is always clear. Follow these tips to fill up on wiper fluid: Pop the hood. Look for the washer fluid reservoir. On most cars, the washer fluid reservoir is located at the back of the engine bay, near the base of the windshield. The tank is usually translucent, allowing you to see whether there is fluid in the reservoir or not. Check the level. Many washer fluid reservoirs have marks to show the fluid level. If the tank is less than half-full, you’ll need to refill it. Crack down on cracks. While you’re checking your wiper fluid, inspect the tank for cracks or leaks. Fill the gap. Unscrew the washer fluid reservoir and add washer fluid until the reservoir fluid level reaches the “full” mark. You may want to use a funnel to avoid spills. Once you’ve refilled the tank, replace the cap and close the hood. Test the waters. Turn the car key to the “on” or “accessory” position. This will let you test the washers’ performance by turning on your windshield wipers and then the washers. The washers should deliver a steady stream of fluid; if not, you may have to clean the washer nozzles and lines. Come clean. If you’ve followed this list, you’re ready to wash up and drive off with a clean slate! Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas   Facebook Twitter Youtube Google+ Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Source: www.carsdirect.com

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  • Benefits of cordless power tools

    The benefits of cordless power tools far outweigh those of corded power tools #Powertool Speak to us at Midas Randburg | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za The benefits of power tools are huge, but the benefits of cordless power tools are endless. When you use power tools that have cords, there are chances that you or someone else around you can get hurt by tripping over the cord. However, if you are using cordless power tools you don’t have to worry about this problem. Likewise, there are many benefits that you can gain from a cordless Here are some examples: This is something that I love about the cordless tools. It is the fact that you don’t need any power boards or extension leads to run your tools. For the reason that the cordless tools run on high powered batteries, there is no cord connected to the tool and thus it allows you to work seamlessly anywhere from your kitchen to your bathroom and from your garage to your garden. There are absolutely no boundaries! As mentioned earlier, corded tools bring dangers, which is why they are not safe to use for the younger generation. You cannot just hand over a power tool such as a drill machine to your child and ask them to make two holes in the wall so that you can hang your grandma’s photos on them. On the other hand, if you have a cordless power drill; you can do this. Not only will your child easily get this task done but they would also enjoy working with a cordless tool too. For the reason that cordless power tools save space and need no requirement of wrapping the cord, you can quickly move them whenever you want quickly. You must have heard from people that wrapping the tool cords around them can break the cord from inside, right? In many cases, it does happen but when you have cordless tools you do not have to worry about this. So throw out your corded tools now and get yourself some good cordless tools. Source: www.carsdirect.com

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  • The head gasket

    Learn why the head gasket is a critical part of your car’s engine #MidasServiceParts It seals the cylinder head (which houses the engine valves) to the engine block (that in turn houses the pistons and crankshaft). Speak to us at Midas Randburg | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg | 011 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za Head gasket leaks can range in severity. Minor leaks can simply cause the engine to consume extra oil or coolant. More severe leaks can result in coolant and oil mixing (causing loss of lubrication in the crankcase) or complete loss of compression (causing severe problems with drivability). A car that is running poorly without an apparent explanation might have a blown head gasket, and should be checked for this common problem. There are a few warning signs pointing to a blown head gasket. Any car exhibiting these symptoms should be run through a compression test to check the integrity of the head gasket. Coolant Consumption There are literally dozens of coolant passages in the cylinder head of a modern car. Coolant flows through these passages to pull excess heat out of the engine. The head gasket seals these passages to keep the coolant from running out of the passages into the combustion chambers of the engine. A ruptured head gasket can let coolant leak into the cylinders, causing the engine to consume coolant. To check for a blown head gasket, first look at the exhaust pipe with the engine hot and the car running. Is there excess steam or water dripping from the exhaust? Put your hand in front of the exhaust outlet. Does the exhaust seem wet or steamy? Next, check under the hood with the engine running. Look at the coolant reservoir. Look for bubbles from the engine inlet. Any of these could be signs of a blown head gasket. Oil Consumption There are just as many oil passages in the cylinder head as there are coolant passages. Oil passages are cast into the cylinder to transport and return oil to and from the valve train. The head gasket seals these passages as oil moves between the engine block and the cylinder head. Excessive consumption of oil can be caused by a rupture in the head gasket. Oil consumption can be caused by other things (like worn piston rings) but if your car is going through too much oil, a blown head gasket could be the culprit….

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  • Braai the perfect steak

    How to braai the perfect steak by following these steps. You will be sure to impress your friends #NutsandBolts4Breakfast For your braaing equipment speak to us at Midas Randburg | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg | 011 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za Even with the cold weather of late I still managed to braai this week and what I decided to do was braai massive pieces of rump steak or what some people call “Texas Steak” It’s a very simple thing to cook a great steak but it’s just as easy to murder a great piece of meat. If you follow the simple instructions below you shouldn’t go wrong. Serves 2 – prep: 2 minutes (1hr marinating if you must) – cook time: 6-8 mins Ingredients: 1 x 800g or LARGER Texas Steak, as South Africans we love our meat large. Sea Salt or a marinade of your choice if you must but these steaks just don’t need anything added 2 x potatoes to bake on the Braai Salads of your choice Method: Preheat the braai to about 300°C (550°F) Get the Braai as hot as you can Ideally you need a lid to cook this way as this stops the flames from rising to high and just burning the meat Season the meat to your choice (see image below) If you are using a marinade, always give it at least an hour to absorb the spices Make sure that the meat is rested and not to cold, don’t cook straight from the fridge always let it come up to room temp The trick when cooking a steak is not to turn it to often, once on each side and the just a quick turn again to put those great diagonal burns in the meat. For a steak of this size 850g I cooked it only for 4 minutes on each side to get a medium rare steak. Add or subtract a minute on each side depending on if you want to go up or down the cooking scale. This usually works a treat for me, resulting in a steak landing on my plate just the way I want it. BIG TIP, always let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes after it comes off the braai so that it relaxes and reabsorbs the juices. Be patient and you will be rewarded. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies…

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