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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.

  • 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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  • International Beer Day

    We would like to raise our glasses today in celebrations of International Beer Day! If you are celebrating, please remember to do so responsibly. Most importantly, please do not drink and drive! Fun fact, International Beer Day does not have a set date but is rather celebrated on the first Friday of August each year. Learn about International Beer Day If you look around your city, one of the staples of any city is a good bar, a friendly pub or a busy club. So no matter if your in rural Ireland, busy Hong Kong, the backwoods of Canada or even in the United Arab Emirates, there is always someplace to have a brewski. And this day is for those that do enjoy those drinks, and to appreciate those that make them – International Beer Day! History of International Beer Day Originally started in Santa Cruz, California, International Beer Day began to celebrate the craft of brewing and to show appreciation for those involved in the making of deer. This quickly expanded to included bartenders and other beer technicians. Not only did it expand in scope, but in size as well, quickly gaining international recognition and following within only a short year. In between 2007 when it was started in Santa Cruz, and currently where it is now celebrated in 207 cities, 50 countries and on 6 continents. Diverse and new experiences are the hallmark of International Beer Day, encouraged the sharing of techniques on how to make beer, along with how to enjoy it. Various foods and activities that go along with it, to celebrate this enjoyable day of brewing skill. How to celebrate International Beer Day The founders of the International Beer Day had three declared reasons for the day, and are as follows: Gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. Celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. Unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day. However, many folks agree, just raise your glass, tankard, bottle or can and toast those that make the amazing brew possible. Whether it as at a bar, club, pub, or even just a cook-out, it is easy enough to find a place to get a brew or two. Most places that hold events do so by tapping new, or in some cases rare, beers, hosting a happy…

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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   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 wiperblades and they offered to install them for me as well. Not a big job I know but it’s the little things that makes a big difference.” 5-Star Rating Willie Marais “Very good service. Friendly and helpful staff.” 5-star rating Heidrun Richter “Excellent value at 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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  • World Oceans Day

    World Oceans Day is an excellent opportunity to stop and be thankful for the awesome oceans we get to enjoy. It’s also a time to think about what you can do to assist in the preservation and well being of the ocean. What we always tell people is to please handle their used motor oil responsibly! Remember, just one litre of used motor oil can contaminate one million litres of water. To learn more about what you can do with your used motor oil please click here. So what exactly is World Oceans Day? World Oceans Day aims to raise awareness of the role of the oceans and the importance of conserving and protecting our marine environment. Background The 8th of June is observed internationally as World Oceans Day. While the day has been unofficially celebrated since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, in December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to officially recognise World Oceans Day on June 8 each year. This special day is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s shared oceans and to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in people lives. The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life. They also power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. Observance of World Oceans Day in South Africa The observance of World Oceans Day in South Africa allows us to highlight the impact of oceans on our country and the various ways in which oceans contribute to our country. Celebrating the day provides the department with an opportunity to highlight the considerable challenges we face in dealing with marine pollution, maintaining the oceans’ capacity to regulate the global climate, supply essential ecosystem services and provide sustainable livelihoods and safe recreation. The celebration of the day coincides with and forms part of the dedication of June as National Environment Month. 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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  • Renew your drivers license

    Did you know that you can now make an appointment online to renew your driver’s license? How cool is that! Simply click here and schedule it in. Easy peasy! 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 Source: https://online.natis.gov.za/#/E7062

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