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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bad news for motorists

    Bad news for motorists: Biggest petrol, diesel price hike ‘in SA’s history’ “Mid-month unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) is predicting the biggest fuel price hike in South Africa’s history by some margin,” reports the Automobile Association (AA) which has monitored the fuel price data from 1 September to date. The AA said: “A spike in international oil prices and a huge swing in the Rand/US dollar exchange rate have combined to predict a knockout blow at the pumps at the end of September. “Based on the current data, petrol users will be paying R1.12 more per litre.” The AA says diesel users who will be hit hardest, with a possible price hike of R1.38 per litre, pushing diesel to within a whisker of R16 per litre. The AA said: “To put this in perspective, should this increase materialise, it will push the price of 93 unleaded octane fuel inland close to R17 a litre, off a January price of R14.20 – a total increase of around 20%, year-to-date.” The Association also points out that a massive hike in the diesel price will be especially catastrophic for the agricultural sector which is already reeling from the prolonged drought. It says that extreme fuel price hikes could push marginal businesses, including farms, to a financial breaking point, and have a massive negative impact of consumer pricing. “While we earnestly hope the picture improves before month end, we once again call on the government to urgently address the policy and structural issues which have put fuel users in the front line of the Rand’s weakness,” the AA concludes. How will you survive this massive fuel hike? How has it affected your monthly budget? Let us know in the comments below. We would like to end off by giving a shout out to Wheels 24 for sharing this great article. For more information: Call or WhatsApp (082) 882-6324 | (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://www.wheels24.co.za/Fuel_Focus/motorists-to-be-hit-extremely-hard-with-upcoming-monster-fuel-hikes-aa-20180913

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