Archive for November, 2015

  • South Africa’s only one-stop online shop for men

    Get your mate a bazaar gift from South Africa’s only one-stop online shop for men, you know you want to… #MidasManCave Are you wondering what gift to get your mate for Christmas? Here is a list of some awesome gifts that even your pickiest of friends would be more than happy to receive! We won’t judge you if you get one for yourself at the same time. WALLET NINJA 18-IN-1 CREDIT CARD SIZED MULTI-TOOL ANCHORMAN’S SEX PANTHER COLOGNE SPRAY  INSTANT MULLET & GLASSES SET BEARD HEAD BUSHY (BLACK) 4.2 LITRE BEER TOWER DISPENSER (ICE CHILLED) 6 PACK BEER BELT For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest Source: http://www.mantality.co.za/

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  • 9 Ways you are ruining you cars paint

    You love your car and you do all you can to keep it in the best condition. Learn all about these 9 Ways you are ruining you cars paint without knowing it! #Carwash Randburg Midas stock a wide range of car care products including: car shampoo, polish, mag cleaner, tyre polish, tar and bug remover, car wax, scratch remover and much, MUCH more. Keeping your car looking good isn’t just a matter of enhancing its resale value, although that’s important too, it’s also your car’s only line of defence between the sheet metal and the elements. You already know parking lot dings, gravel roads or an angry ex can ruin your car’s paint in the blink of an eye, but a lot of things out there can do just as much, if not more, harm to the exterior of your car. Wildfires The Problem: When wet, ash forms an alkali that can ruin your car’s finish. The Solution: Keep your car covered, use a car duster for white ash, wash thoroughly if it’s soot. These days it seems like every province is burdened with wildfires. The ash gets everywhere, and your car’s finish is no exception. While your instinct may be to hit the windshield washers, or just hose down the whole car, water mixed with ash can create powerful alkalis, which will ruin your paint. White ash can be removed with a car duster, or just by driving away and letting it blow off. Black ash can scratch your paint, even when you use a duster, so you’ll need to wash it off using a car wash solution, and dry thoroughly. Once the fires are out, get your car professionally washed, and put on a new coat of wax. Tree sap The Problem: Ancient peoples used tree sap as glue for a good reason. The Solution: Bug and tar remover, mineral spirits, clay bar treatment Just wiping sap off when it’s still gooey only smears it around a larger area. Instead, get a bottle of bug and tar remover from Randburg Midas, and use it as directed. If the sap dries, mineral spirits can dissolve it, and remaining residue will come off with a clay bar treatment. Just be sure to wax the car after you’re done. The gas pump The Problem: Spilled petrol The Solution: Don’t overfill, and clean up accidental drips Times are tough, but overfilling your petrol tank and accidentally letting it overflow…

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  • Different types of Spark Plugs

    What is the difference between regular and performance Spark Plugs? This is a question we get asked all the time. We hope the article will help to give you a better understanding of the different types of spark plugs #MidasServiceParts At Randburg Midas we stock spark plugs for all makes and models of cars. We carry both standard as well as high performance spark plugs. If you are not sure what would be best for your car, give us a call and we will help. Background All spark plugs have a threaded metal hex shell to seal the combustion chamber of the cylinder. Plugs also have an insulator and electrodes. The shell is zinc-plated to extend the life of the spark plug. The insulator keeps the ignition voltage grounded across the combustion chamber gap. The insulator also moves the heat from the combustion to the engine’s cooling system. The electrodes make the spark that ignites the air/fuel mixture inside the cylinder. The insulators are made of ceramic. Modern vehicles use either a gasket to sit flat against the machined surface in the cylinder head or a taper-type seal that sits against an angled seat in the head. Nickel-Alloy Plugs A common spark plug features a chromium nickel alloy that reduces corrosion. Nickel-alloy plugs typically have a copper core center electrode. While the most basic spark plug may have a melting point at 960 degrees Celsius, the nickel-alloy version has a 1,450 degree melting point. Conventional plugs begin to have problems igniting air/fuel mixture ratios of 15 to 1 while nickel-alloy plugs can ignite leaner mixtures with a 17 to 1 ratio. Platinum Plugs The platinum spark plug is the low end of the performance plug range. However, there is considerable debate whether platinum plugs make much of a difference in engine performance, particularly in emissions and fuel efficiency. For the average driver who thinks of his vehicle as nothing more than transportation, the difference between a standard plug and a platinum one probably is negligible. Consider, though, that the standard spark plug has a melting point at 960 degrees Celsius while a platinum plug has a 1,760 degree melting point. The platinum plug, with a platinum center electrode, has a strong resistance to corrosion and can withstand a harsh environment. The platinum plug should improve fuel economy, give the vehicle a faster start and maintain peak spark performance for more…

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  • The 10 deadly sins of riding off-road motorcycles

    Learn what the 10 deadly sins of riding off-road motorcycles are #MotorBikes The greatest sin of all is not using Motul engine oil in your bike! If you are guilty of this don’t worry Randburg Midas stock the full range! Running out of oil Easier said than done sometimes, but remember that dirt bikes are hard to push, especially over any sort of distance. One time in Lesotho we pulled into a town thinking that there would be fuel available and they didn’t have any petrol at all. This guy with a big smile on his face pulled some fuel out of a barrel. I got about five kilometres down the road and the bike started to belch smoke. It turns out he’d sold us lamp oil. I discovered that a two-stroke will run on lamp oil – but not very well. It was enough to get us to the next town where they had some proper fuel. If I close my eyes, I can still see the black cloud billowing out the back. We used up three spark plugs as well. Forgetting to bring your tools I have this one kid that I coach and I’m always trying to teach him to be self-reliant. On one particular ride he hadn’t bothered to bring his tool bag. When he fouled a plug I thought it would be a chance to teach him a lesson: rather than just fix his bike for him I made him sit there and wait for us. As it turned out it ended up being a really long ride, by the time we got back he had been sitting on the same rock for nine hours! Let’s just say that kid never forgot to bring his bum bag again. Even if you don’t know how to use the tools, if you have a spark plug and a spanner that fits your bike, you can usually find someone who can fix it. Bringing food is also important, especially if you are a skinny guy like me – once I get hungry it’s game over. Failing to check tyre pressures Having your tyres set at the right pressure is your first line of defence. As soon as the terrain gets slippery or horrible, you need to let some pressure out. That gives the tyre a bigger footprint, which gives the bike better grip. When I am on a group…

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  • 10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders

    If you are new to motor cycle riding or if you are considering getting a motorbike this article will come in very handy. Here are our top 10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders #MotorBikes Regardless of what bike you have or how you ride it, without the correct highest grade engine oil it will be uphill battle from word go. The best habit you can get into is to use high quality engine oil like Motul engine oil which is available from Randburg Midas. Don’t buy more bike than you can handle. If you’ve been off of motorcycles for a while, you may be surprised by the performance of today’s bikes. Even models with small-displacement engines are notably faster and more powerful than they were 10 or 20 years ago. When shopping for a bike, start with one that fits you. When seated, you should easily be able to rest both feet flat on the ground without having to be on tiptoes. Handlebars and controls should be within easy reach. Choose a model that’s easy for you to get on and off the center stand; if it feels too heavy, it probably is. A smaller model with a 250- to 300-cc engine can make a great starter or commuter bike. If you plan on doing a lot of highway riding, you might want one with an engine in the 500- to 750-cc range so you can easily keep up with traffic. Invest in antilock brakes. Now available on a wide array of models, antilock brakes are a proven lifesaver. IIHS data shows that motorcycles equipped with ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in a crash than bikes without it. No matter what kind of rider you are, ABS can brake better than you. The reason is simple: Locking up the brakes in a panic stop robs the rider of any steering control. That can easily lead to a skid and crash, which can result in serious injury. ABS helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, and it can be especially valuable in slippery conditions. This critical feature is now standard on many high-end models and adds only a few thousand rands to the price of more basic bikes. You may be able to offset some of the cost with an insurance discount. Either way, we think it’s a worthwhile investment in your safety. Hone your…

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