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Smoke Brake Archives - Midas Randburg

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Interesting articles that will help teach you how to spot early warning signs, so that you can attend to them before disaster strikes.

  • Car safety features to look out for

    With new innovation in the automotive industry, there has been great headway made in the overall safety of vehicles. So let’s see what the key safety features to look out for when buying a new car are. Whether you’re shopping for a used or new car, it’s important to spend time making sure it’s safe. First off, you should take a test drive and try on the seat belt to make sure it fits well and is comfortable. Check that head restraint, roof structures, and windshield designs don’t interfere with your ability to see clearly. And try to conduct your test drive in the evening so you can check the visibility provided by the headlights. To help you better understand what to look for we have put together this list. Seat Belts In the event of a crash, seat belts are designed to keep you inside the vehicle. They also reduce the risk that you will collide with the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. New seat belt designs have the following additional features that improve seat belt performance: Adjustable upper belts. An adjustable upper belt lets you change the position of the shoulder strap to accommodate a person’s size. This feature may encourage passengers to wear their belts since it increases shoulder belt comfort. Seat belt pre-tensioner. Pre-tensioners retract the seat belt to remove excess slack, almost instantly, in a crash. However, you still need to adjust your seat belt so that it fits as snugly as possible since pre-tensioners are not powerful enough to pull you back into your seat in the event of an impact. Energy management features. Energy management features allow seat belts to “give” or yield during a severe crash to prevent forces on the shoulder belt from concentrating too much energy on your chest. These features include “load limiters” built into the shoulder belt retractor and/or “tear stitching” in the webbing that causes the seat belt to extend gradually. Rear centre seat lap/shoulder belts. Some manufacturers provide a rear centre lap/shoulder belt. This added feature is especially beneficial to older children and children in booster seats who are often seated in the rear centre position. Air Bags Depending on the speed at impact and the stiffness of the object struck, front airbags inflate to prevent occupants from hitting the dashboard, steering wheel, and windshield. Side airbags reduce the risk that occupants will hit the door or objects that crash…

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  • Leave us a recommendation

    Be a bud and show us some love by posting a review on our Google listing.  Or leave us a recommendation on our Facebook page. Thanks in advance for going the extra mile to show us how much you care! A core belief and value we built our business around is offering you, our valued customer’s outstanding customer service with unmatched product knowledge. Your feedback means the world to us so please head over to either our FACEBOOK RECOMMENDATION or GOOGLE REVIEW and let us know if we met your expectations. Your reviews and recommendations don’t only help us to know where to improve, but also helps other potential customers know what they can look forward to experiencing! View our reviews on FACEBOOK or GOOGLE. For more information: Call or WhatsApp between 8am – 5pm weekdays only (082) 569-1394 | (011) 789-4411 / 011 036-0200 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. We would love to see your auto styling projects @RandburgMidas PLEASE NOTE: All products and prices only apply to Randburg Midas on Bram Fischer Drive (191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg)

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  • Your reviews matter

    We love receiving and reading you have to say as your reviews matter to us. It’s this kind of input that helps us to be better at what we do. We really do appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your experience at Randburg Midas. And if you haven’t already, please feel free to leave us your review by clicking here. Kerwin Kaycee Christopher “Best service, really enjoying the service, if you need anything it can be sourced immediately, follow up calls and you have your stock in the palms in your hand, keep it up Randburg Midas, others should learn from you”. 5-star rating   Nkuli Chief “Affordable prices and guaranteed availability of stock allows for a seamless experience” 5-Star Rating Valdo Van Der Vyver “Wonderful service with a smile… keep doing what you doing and thank you to all the staff and brilliant service”. 5-Star Rating fannick ilunga “Good customer service. With good product… very good people’s” 5-Star Rating Claire B “Good customer service and helpful staff – I had a light bulb changed there for market price and just added a small tip for the technician to show me how to change it. Very efficient!” 5-Star Rating Nigel Wilkinson “Fast and efficient. The right spares first time.” 5-Star Rating Deon Erasmus “Great service. Just went for wiper blades and they offered to install them for me as well. Not a big job I know but it’s the little things that make a big difference.” 5-Star Rating Willie Marais “Very good service. Friendly and helpful staff.” 5-star rating Heidrun Richter “Excellent value at a great price!” 5-star rating Ntuthu Ndlovu “Very helpful!” 5-star rating Ru Z “Friendly and helpful” 5-star rating PLEASE NOTE: All products and prices only apply to Randburg Midas (191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg) For more information: Call or WhatsApp between 8am – 5pm weekdays only (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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  • Tricked out Fords

    This year’s SEMA show Ford brought more than 50 tricked-out vehicles. Some of them we LOVE and others we HATE. Let us know your thoughts, here’s a preview! LGE-CTS Motorsports Urban Ford Escape Designed for the urban dweller looking to head to the hills, this Escape is given Eibach lowering springs and 20-inch gold wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich tires, with the gold-trim-and-black motif repeated on the grille, hood and along the shoulders. It features a custom Borla cat-back exhaust and a throttle control system to add some growl to the normally unassuming 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. It also gets a Ford roof rack with Yakima mounts, a custom leather interior and accessories for audio products by Scosche. Air Design USA Ford Escape Sport Hybrid Black and white is the theme here, with a two-tone paint job, custom 20-inch wheels with Pirelli tires, black fender flares and door rocker moldings and silver skid plates. Inside, we’re told there are Ford Accessories cargo organizer, cargo mat and floor liners. Oh, and a portable refrigerator, because of performance? MAD Industries Ford Escape For the murdered-out enthusiast who also enjoys mixing it up on singletrack, this Escape comes with 21-inch wheels with Michelin tires and Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs. It’s bathed in custom BASF RM paint, Ford Accessories roof rack crossbars and a Yakima bike carrier. Inside, there’s an ultra-suede headliner, matte grey custom trim and a Rockford Fosgate sound system. Blood Type Racing Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid Glenview, Illinois-based Blood Type Racing tricks out an Explorer Limited Hybrid with a half-inch suspension levelling kit, a Ford Performance skid plate and 20-inch black chrome wheels wrapped in Yoyo Tires and lots of black chrome, including on the grille, lower door moldings and rear bumper accents. There’s also a Borla cat-black exhaust with black chrome tips to modify the sound of the 3.3-litre hybrid V6. Inside, there’s a rear-seat entertainment system by Voxx. CGS Performance Products Ford Explorer ST The Explorer goes sleek in grey paint by Sikkens, and CGS adds massive 24-inch Savini wheels with Pirelli tires and cat-black Borla exhaust with carbon-fibre tips. Dig the red accent roofline and side skirts, a colour also echoed in the (Brembo?) brakes. Inside, there’s a custom leather treatment. Good Boy Daisy LifeStyle Ford Expedition Limited MAX This one appears to be purpose-built for a travelling band that wants to live-stream their performances from inside the vehicle. So there are cameras and…

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  • Keeping your car rust free

    Keeping your car rust-free prevents serious damage and maintains the look and value of your car. Here are 6 detailed steps and a few extra tricks for preventing rust on your car.  Big thanks to Instructables for the great article! Step 1: General Maintenance Wash your car every two weeks; once a week if it is wet with salt on the roads. Wax your car once every four months. Keep the inside clean as well, being sure to clean up after any spills which can start rust from the inside. Image Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/11563/the-best-cleaning-implements-for-washing-your-car-or-truck/ Step 2: Take Extra Care around Salt Salt speeds rust, so be careful to keep your car clean if you live by the ocean or in the winter when there’s salt on the road. Clean the underside of your car and your wheel wells when filthy or at least once a week during the winter when salt is out. If your car is seriously at risk for rust because of regular exposure to salt, etc. you can clean it and then spray it with a lubricant appropriate for cars or even paint it with a proper coating for the surface (this should be done by a professional). Step 3: Rust Coating! If you are in a very salty climate or are already fending off rust problems, you may want to consider coating your car with a rust-preventing spray. Key is to keep metal surfaces dry- whether you wipe them off after use, or protect them with paint, lacquer, lubricant or wax. If you are going to spray your car with anything flammable. Make sure the engine is cold and give it some time for the vapours to clear up before you fire it up again. Try to avoid spraying on your exhaust or mufflers so they don’t get too smelly when hot. Step 4: The Extra Steps Before any long periods of inactivity, wash and spray down a rust-preventing spray. Drive further behind other vehicles to prevent knicks from pebbles they kick up. Cover your car with a car cover whenever possible. Step 5: Inspect Regularly! Examine your car for rust often. External painted parts will show rust when the paint bubbles or blisters up. On other metal parts, just look for the beginnings of rust. There are 3 areas to look for rust: the engine and trunk, the undercarriage of the car and the external painted…

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  • Tips on fuel-efficient driving

    With yet another petrol price increase looming, here are some tips on fuel-efficient driving and car maintenance that will help you stretch your paycheque further. If you own a company with a fleet of cars, it’s a great idea to circulate this article through the workplace to also help in reducing company vehicle fuel expenditure. It’s as simple as making minor tweaks and changes to your daily driving habits. Here are some key points to help you get started. Drive slower: The faster you drive, the more energy (fuel) is required to maintain speed. If you drive slower, your car will use less energy and overall fuel consumption will be drastically reduced. Increasing your highway cruising speed from 90km/h to 120km/h can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%. You can improve your fuel mileage 10 – 15% by driving at 90km/h rather than 104km/h. Drive smoother: Aggressive accelerating and braking quickly or unnecessarily can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%. To reduce fuel consumption, rather accelerate slowly and smoothly. When braking, apply the brakes gently or alternatively take your foot off the accelerator. Change gears properly: Changing gears at the right time can reduce fuel consumption. It’s important to change gears without putting the engine under unnecessary strain. Don’t over-rev the engine while changing gears, rather change gears smoothly to reduce fuel consumption. Change up through the gears and into top gear as soon as possible without accelerating harder than necessary. Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel; so does letting the engine labour in top gear on hills and corners. Read the traffic: Anticipating the traffic and road ahead can reduce fuel consumption. For example, if a traffic light in the distance turns red, don’t speed up to it and brake suddenly to a stop. Rather reduce your speed or coast’ towards the traffic light. Be aware of traffic and the road ahead of you and drive accordingly to improve your fuel efficiency. Avoid excessive idling: Idling consumes fuel. If you are idling for longer than one minute, rather turn your engine off. The amount of fuel used to restart your engine is minimal compared to idling for long periods of time. Plan and combine trips: Planning and combining your everyday driving trips can reduce your overall fuel consumption. A single, combined trip is more economical than several, separate trips. Minimise use of…

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