Midas Service Parts

Amazing articles on all things car service related including: Air, Oil and Fuel Filters, Wiper Blades and tons more.

  • 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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  • Signs and Symptoms of a Clogged Fuel Filter

    Learn all about the signs and symptoms of a Clogged Fuel Filter #MidasServiceParts Always replace clogged and dirty parts as they can cause costly damage to other parts. Come and get all your replacement fuel filters from Randburg Midas. A fuel filter is necessary to prevent dirt and other debris from clogging a vehicle’s fuel delivery system, a condition that severely disrupts engine performance. Fuel filters can themselves become clogged, and when that happens, engine power and performance are negatively affected. No-Start Condition If a fuel filter is totally blocked or clogged to the point of blocking fuel flow to a vehicle’s engine, the vehicle will not start. Fuel combined with air is what is ignited inside a vehicle’s engine to get it started. Hard-Start Condition A partially blocked or clogged fuel filter will often result in a vehicle that is hard to start. Adequate fuel flow to a vehicle’s engine is needed to produce engine starting. A reduced or restricted fuel flow to a vehicle’s engine will hinder normal starting. Frequent Engine Stalling For a vehicle’s engine to run efficiently and adequately, a constant flow of fuel needs to reach the engine. Any disruption of this fuel flow, which is what happens when a fuel filter is clogged, can cause an engine to frequently stall. Engine Hesitation Engine hesitation is a common symptom of a clogged fuel filter. By causing an abnormal fuel flow to a vehicle’s engine, a condition that results in abnormal engine combustion and reduced engine power, a clogged fuel filter can cause an engine to hesitate or stumble during acceleration. Erratic Engine Performance A clogged fuel filter often results in erratic engine performance by causing an abnormal or alternating pattern of fuel flow into a vehicle’s engine. Under heavy acceleration or at high engine speeds, fuel pressure may be sufficient to allow adequate fuel flow past a partially clogged filter, which results inadequate engine performance. When engine speed is reduced, fuel flow may be restricted to the point of causing reduced engine power and performance. 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.ehow.com

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  • When to replace shock absorbers

    If you follow these 6 steps, knowing when to replace shock absorbers will become a walk in the park #MidasServiceParts Don’t forget to come to Randburg Midas for all of your suspension needs. When driving, a vehicle’s shocks are always in use. Like many other car components, overtime this continuous use will lead to general wear and tear and they’ll lose their ability to function properly. There are signs you need new shocks that are right under your nose. Once you know them you’ll be able to determine if you need to take your vehicle to the workshop. Here are 6 tell-tale signs you can notice for when to replace shock absorbers. Longer stopping distance Having worn shock absorbers on your vehicle can increase your stopping distance by up to 20%. As you increase your travelling speed this will also increase the distance it takes your vehicle to completely stop. This 20% extra distance can be enough to cause a fatal incident and should be attended to as soon as possible. Swerving & nose-dives Does your car dip or swerve under braking? If so you need to have your shock absorbers checked. If you do dip or swerve under braking it decrease your control over the car which can be very dangerous in wet weather. Vibrations Are you getting vibrations through the steering wheel as you’re driving along? If your shocks are working properly they should keep your tyres in optimal contact with the road and there shouldn’t be any vibrations. If this problem occurs you need to be cautious, at high speeds the vibrations can be more intense and decreasing overall control of the vehicle. Car sliding & veering Do you have to correct car sliding or veering across the road in mild winds? This is a tell-tale sign of worn shocks and can be easily fixed with a shock replacement.  Rocking & rattling If your vehicle rattles and rocks over bumps, railway tracks and uneven surfaces it is highly likely your shocks are heavily worn. Along with an unpleasant ride this rocking and rolling can be putting unwanted pressure on other car components and should be seen to as soon as possible. Uneven tyre wear Can you see bald patches or uneven wear on your tyres? This usually means your tyres don’t have optimal contact with the road, which can be caused by worn shocks. This will have an affect on car control and tyre grip and both…

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  • Oil Change is essential and easy

    When it comes to car maintenance knowing how to do an oil change is essential and easy #MidasServiceParts You don’t always need to change your car’s oil entirely. Sometimes you will only need to perform a top-up to keep your car running smoothly. When you need to change your oil, you can do it yourself – it doesn’t take long and is easy with the right tools. Otherwise contact your local workshop and they can do it for you. How to change your oil yourself Changing your car oil is easier than it sounds and could also save you money in the long term. It shouldn’t take longer than 45 minutes – just make sure that you follow your manufacturer’s specific instructions and safety directions. Firstly, choose the ideal oil for your car which is available at Randburg Midas. Then check you have the necessary tools. You’ll need: The entire below list of products is available at Randburg Midas Engine Oil (4 or 5 litres – check owner’s manual) New oil filter – check owner’s manual Safety glasses and rubber gloves Plastic container and funnel Car jack and jack stands Drain plug socket wrench Paper towels and a rag Oil filter wrench What you have to do: Prepare your car The car should be on a level surface with the parking brake on and engine off, leaving the oil to cool for a few minutes. If you need space under the car, jack it up and use jack stands to support it. Jacks on their own are very unstable – never get under your car without using jack stands. You could also put something underneath the engine to prevent spilling oil onto the ground. Unscrew the oil cap Locate the oil cap (check with the manual to locate it) and unscrew it. This is very important, as a vacuum will not allow all the oil to drain out. Locate the oil drain plug Get underneath the car and locate the oil drain plug. This is a lone bolt at the bottom of the oil sump. Place the container Place a container big enough to hold the oil beneath the oil drain plug and unscrew the plug, being careful not to let it fall into the container. Do not come in contact with the oil – it can be extremely hot. Drain out the old oil Allow all the oil to drain…

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  • How to Change an Air Filter

    We have showed you how an Air Filter works now it’s time to learn how to change one #MidasServiceParts Randburg Midas stocks service parts for all makes and models of cars so be sure to come and see us when your next service is due. Instructions Buy your air filter. Most air filters are pretty cheap. Between R50-R200. Swing by Randburg Midas and pick an air filter. Figuring out what air filter to get for your car is easy. First, you can check your owner’s manual, but let’s face it, you’ll probably forget to do that. Lucky for you, Randburg Midas has highly skilled staff who would be able to track down what the correct filter is for your car in no time. You just need to know the year, make, and model of your car, and they will be able to tell you what parts you need for your car. Open your hood and locate the air filter box. It’s the black plastic box sitting on top of or to the side of your engine. The filter box usually has a giant hose sticking out of its side. Open the air filter box and remove the dirty air filter. Opening an air filter box is a cinch. Just unclasp the big metal clips that hold the top down and open the box. Remove the dirty filter. Check the old air filter. Give your old filter a look over to see if it’s past its prime. Look inside the folds. See a lot of dirt and gunk? Time to replace it. Put in the new air filter. Place your filter in the filter box. Make sure it sits snuggly in the box. Close the top of the box and snap the clips. That’s it. Your engine will no longer be gasping for air like a fish out of water. Total time: about a minute. Source: www.artofmanliness.com

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  • 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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