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Midas Service Parts

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

  • 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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  • Please be safe. And enjoy!

    Wherever you’re going tonight, please be safe. And enjoy!

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  • Congratulations to our winners!

    The winner of our Facebook competition is Zothani Latha. The winners for the Midas web site entries are as follows: Midas Tool Kits: Lindokuhle Zono Midas Liquid Gold: Aldine Marcus Midas Batteries:Anthony de Jager Winners will be contacted by a Midas representative shortly!

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