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  • Changing a tyre

    Changing a tyre on the side of the road was a regular event for motorists in the first half of the last century. With modern tyres, you may never have had the pleasure of this adventurous experience. Even if you already know how, here’s a refresher with some helpful tips to make it less of an ordeal. Big thanks to Giorgio Express Auto Boday Repair for the helpful article! STEP 1: BE PREPARED Planning ahead will save a lot of frustration. It’s not a bad idea to keep an emergency kit in your trunk and disposable, but sturdy Tyvek overalls will help keep your dry cleaning bills down. Throw in some mechanics gloves, a good waterproof flashlight, hand cleaner, and paper towels. Believe it or not, all that, plus wheels chocks, flares, tyre gauge and tyre sealant all fit into this shallow Rubbermaid bin. The lid can double as something to kneel on. Since flat tyres happen year round, you can even fit in a collapsible snow shovel. STEP 2: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION You want to choose your tyre changing place very carefully. Once on the shoulder, slowly driving to the next exit ramp may give you enough space needed to stay away from the main flow of traffic. STEP 3: NOT ENOUGH ROOM The line separating traffic from you on the shoulder is not an invisible force field. This example is not enough room, the car is leaning and the ramp is going uphill. You will a need level, solid surface to jack up a car safely. STEP 4: BE AWARE OF TRAFFIC Turn on your four-way flashers. Using flares or reflective triangles will help give a long-range warning that a disabled car is ahead. This is especially important at night or in the rain. Always be aware of onrushing traffic, especially heavy trucks that create a suction in their wake that can pull you off your feet. STEP 5: GIVE YOURSELF ROOM Be sure you have enough room around the flat rear tyre to work safely. Keep the doors closed. A truck’s wake can blow them suddenly wide open and damage the hinges. STEP 6: SET YOUR PARKING BRAKE Set your parking brake. Blocking the diagonally opposite wheel will help keep the car from rolling once the flat tyre is up in the air. If you don’t have a wheel chock, you can improvise with some suitable object…

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  • 10 road trip games adults will enjoy

    Before tablets and podcasts, we used games to keep us entertained. For your next road trip, try these 10 road trip games adults will enjoy. This will come in handy for the school holidays! Let’s jump right in. Don’t forget to let us know which game you enjoyed most on your trip! If you have some sleepy passengers in the car, you should play “While You Were Sleeping.” The Game: Create the most believable story when someone falls asleep The Rules: First, a passenger must fall asleep After five minutes of slumber, the awake passengers begin creating a story Each person takes turns adding to the story Once the passenger wakes up, you must get them to believe the story If somebody breaks character, they lose a point If somebody goes off script, you ask, “Are you sure?” and then that person is silenced and loses two points If you successfully fool the person, each storyteller wins three points If the sleeping passenger fools the car and joins their story correctly, they steal their current point The one with the most points at the destination wins For a good old-fashioned guessing game, play “21 Questions.” The Game: Guess what a person is thinking in 21 questions The Rules: Someone thinks of something Then the car begins by asking questions You can’t repeat a question that has been asked Whoever guesses it right gets to start the next round If your car mates are current and hip on events, then you should play “Did You Hear That…?” The Game: Pop culture and news collide for a fun game of fact or fiction The Rules: You are trying to fool your opponent You start by asking, “Did you hear that _______ happened?” Your opponent can either say, “That didn’t happen,” or, “Tell me more.” If they correctly guess that it didn’t happen, the opponent gets two points If they incorrectly guess that it didn’t happen, you steal one point and gain two additional If you are asked, “Tell me more,” points double at the end of the statement For a car full of human jukeboxes, play “The Singing Game.” The Game: Connect song lyrics for a fun sing-along game The Rules: One person starts singing a song Using a lyric from the song, the next person has to connect it with another song It continues on until somebody messes up the lyrics or is stumped Example: “I kissed a girl…

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  • Embarking on a road trip

    If you are embarking on a road trip these Holidays the last thing you want is unhappy passengers or an uncomfortable journey. These issues can be avoided by simply remembering to pack these essential items… Audio Books Check some new-to-you audiobooks out of the library. Kids and adults alike can enjoy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hobbit, or Harry Potter—and their easy storylines make them perfect for a driver to pay attention to, as well.   Car food There are two strategies with car food: You can either bring along crumb-free, non-greasy, non-gooey finger foods—like baby carrots, grapes, and sandwiches—or pack your family’s favourite “treat” foods like chips and baked goods, as a special car reward. Pillows and blankets Pack favourite bed pillows and blankets to soothe everyone on the journey. Whether it’s a child’s security blanket or a pillow for the passenger seat navigator, a soft cushion can make a cold car cosy. Paper products Pack paper towels, toilet paper (you never know with rest areas and petrol stations!), a box of tissues, and some garbage bags. And bring more than you think you’ll need—there’s always the possibility of car sickness in addition to the normal spills and usual cleanup. Spare keys Don’t get locked out of the car: Always pack a duplicate set of car (and house) keys in a separate bag. Sports equipment Bring along a Frisbee, ball, or jump rope so antsy kids (and adults!) can blow off a little steam at rest stops. First aid kit To treat road-trip aches, nicks, and scrapes, pack a plastic bag full of items like anti-bacterial cream, bandages, pain relievers, and motion sickness medicine. Travel games Some friendly competition will go a long way towards warding off boredom. Some ideas: cards, travel bingo, and word games. Breakdown supplies Double-check your boot for a complete roadside emergency kit, including a flashlight, jack, basic tools, jumper cables and a warning triangle to name a few items Wet wipes Bring a container of disposable wipes, or simply put some folded damp paper towels in a resealable plastic bag. You’ll use them for everything from sticky fingers to a quick refreshing mask for road-weary eyes. Car chargers Make sure you bring along a travel charger for your cell phone and other electronic devices. Change of clothes If you’re travelling with young children, remember that accidents happen. Bring along a change…

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  • Motul

    If you are anything like us, we are sure when it comes to your motor lubricant, additives and car care products, you also believe only the best will do. We have the brand, and its called Motul! Motul manufactures an impressive range of products for both motor vehicles and motorcycles. Regardless if you are looking for a lubricant, performance additive or care product, you can rest assured knowing you will find exactly what you are looking for on our shelves. PLEASE NOTE: All products and prices only apply to Randburg Midas (191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg) For more information: Call or WhatsApp (082) 569-1394 | (011) 789-4411 / (011) 036-0200 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. We want to see you! Show us your auto styling projects @RandburgMidas

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  • All things spark plug related

    In this 101 article, we take a look at all things spark plug related. Randburg Midas stock all major brand spark plugs, so you can rest assured we have the perfect plug for any make and model of car! For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us: Call or WhatsApp (082) 569-1394 | (011) 789-4411 / (011) 036-0200 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Spark plugs are one of the most misunderstood components of an engine. Numerous questions have surfaced over the years, leaving many people confused. This guide was designed to assist the technician, hobbyist, or race mechanic in understanding, using, and troubleshooting spark plugs. The information contained in this guide applies to all types of internal combustion engines: two-stroke engines, rotary engines, high performance/racing engines and street vehicles. Spark plugs are the “window” into your engine (your only eyewitness to the combustion chamber), and can be used as a valuable diagnostic tool. Like a patient’s thermometer, the spark plug displays symptoms and conditions of the engine’s performance. The experienced tuner can analyze these symptoms to track down the root cause of many problems or to determine air/fuel ratios The spark plug has two primary functions: 1. To ignite the air/fuel mixture 2. To remove heat from the combustion chamber Spark plugs transmit electrical energy that turns fuel into working energy. A sufficient amount of voltage must be supplied by the ignition system to cause it to spark across the spark plug’s gap. This is called “Electrical Performance.” The temperature of the spark plug’s firing end must be kept low enough to prevent pre-ignition, but high enough to prevent fouling. This is called “Thermal Performance”, and is determined by the heat range selected. It is important to remember that spark plugs do not create heat, they can only remove heat. The spark plug works as a heat exchanger by pulling unwanted thermal energy away from the combustion chamber and transferring the heat to the engine’s cooling system. The heat range is defined as a plug’s ability to dissipate heat. The rate of heat transfer is determined by: 1. The insulator nose length 2. Gas volume around the insulator nose 3. The materials/construction of the centre electrode and porcelain insulator A spark plug’s heat range has no relationship to the actual voltage transferred through the spark plug. Rather, the heat range is…

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