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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.

  • The dangers of aquaplaning

    The dangers of aquaplaning are a real risk. They can easy be avoided by regularly checking your tires. In this short and informative video we take a closer look at what aquaplaning is and how to avoid it. Aquaplaning or hydroplaning by the tires of a road vehicle occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs. If it occurs to all wheels simultaneously, the vehicle becomes, in effect, an uncontrolled sled. Don’t forget to hit the like and subscribe button for more awesome content! For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag @RandburgMidas ‘TCs current stock price | while stocks last’ just on the website post Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaplaning  

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  • Automotive tech trends for 2017

    In this short article we take a look at some exciting automotive tech trends we can look forward to in 2017!  It’s hard to imagine a time when having a standard CD player in a commuter car was a big deal. Now the compact disc is an old hat, with Bluetooth audio streaming becoming the new norm. In fact, some new cars, including the Chevrolet Spark, don’t have CD players at all, instead relying on touchscreen infotainment systems to mirror smartphones to access music and be more on the go. But it’s not just convenience features once reserved for premium vehicles that have made their way into rudimentary rides. The market has now reached a point where active safety features like lane-keep assist can be found in cars like the compact Chevrolet Cruze and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is available in a Kia Rio. You can expect more and more high-tech features to make their way into economy cars as technology progresses. For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag @RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest   Source: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2017/01/top-5-automotive-trends-to-that-will-shape-2017.html

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  • Understanding your tyre tread depth

    Tyres play a huge role in the safety of your vehicle. By understanding your Tyre tread depth you will know when to replace your tyres and potentially avoid an accident. The law says your tyres must have at least a 1 millimetre tread and if it falls below that figure, you risk hefty fines and points on your license. Some tyres have tread wear indicators in the tread pattern to show when the tread depth is less than 1.6 millimetres. In these cases, if the tread on the tyre is level with these indicators, the tyre must be replaced as it is considered not roadworthy. Without the correct tread, your tyres lose grip easily, and your vehicle becomes unsafe. Tread wear indicator bars are moulded into the tread grooves at regular intervals around the tyre to indicate when a tyre is worn to its limit of safety. When the tyre is worn to the legal limit the bars will be flush with the surface of the tread. While that is the legal requirement some car manufacturers recommend you replace your tyres before they wear to that extent. Furthermore when you enter into your policy conditions with your insurer you enter into an agreement stating that your vehicle will be in a roadworthy condition. If you fail to keep your vehicle in a roadworthy condition and an accident occurs your insurance company can reject your claim. If your tyres are not in good condition your vehicle can be viewed as being unroadworthy, so check your tyres regularly! Giorgio Express Auto Body Repairs is one of the most sophisticated panel shops in KwaZulu-Natal. Our staff are highly qualified and experienced. Together with our state-of-the-art equipment, we are able to ensure that you and your vehicle are in good hands. We specialise in complex and intricate repairs, spray painting and polishing of a highest quality. For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag @RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest   Source: https://www.aa.co.za/on-the-road/vehicle-tips/tyres.html

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  • Brake fade signs and symptoms

    Watch this informative short video to learn how to identify brake fade signs & symptoms which will help ensure you stay safe at all times! Shout out to Ferodo South Africa for this great video. Brake fade is a term used to describe the partial or total loss of braking power used in a vehicle brake system. Brake fade occurs when the brake pad and the brake rotor no longer generate sufficient mutual friction to stop the vehicle at its preferred rate of deceleration and can happen on motorcycles cars and trucks. If you notice any of the above, head over to Randburg Midas to get new set of Ferodo brake pads and disks. For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest   Source: http://ebcbrakes.com/articles/what-is-brake-fade/

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  • Symptoms of failing CV Joints

    Learn how to identify early warning signs and symptoms of a bad or failing CV joints. Common signs include loud clicking noises when turning, grease on the inside edge of the tires, and excessive vibration when driving. Randburg Midas stock inner and outer CV joints as well as CV boots for all makes and models of cars. If you suspect you might have a CV related problem, call and speak to us today (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. CV axles also referred to as joints are a modern drivetrain component commonly found on many road going vehicles. They serve the purpose of transferring the power from the vehicle’s transmission and differential to the wheels so that they can propel the vehicle forward. They have a greased flexible joint that allows the axle to flex according to the road conditions. The joint is lubricated with grease and covered in a rubber boot to protect it from dirt and debris. Because the CV axles are the direct link that transfers the power of the engine to the wheels, they are subject to high amounts of stress over time and will eventually wear out and require replacement. When they do wear out, the CV axles usually will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that they require attention. Loud clicking noises when turning One of the most common and most noticeable symptoms of a bad or failing CV axle shaft assembly is an audible clicking noise when turning. When CV axles become excessively worn, the joints will become loose and click when turning. The clicks may become louder or more pronounced during sharper and faster turns, and will be heard on the side with the faulty CV shaft. Grease on edge of tire Another symptom of a problem with the CV axle shafts is grease on the inside edge of the tire or along the undersides of the vehicle. This is usually caused by a torn boot leaking grease, and it being tossed around while the axle turns. A leaky boot will eventually lead to CV joint failure, as dirt and debris will get into the boot and damage the joint. Excessive vibration when driving Another symptom of a bad CV axle is excessive vibrations from the axle when driving. If a CV joint or axle shaft is damaged in any way that affects its balance while rotating, it…

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  • Early warning signs of shock and strut failure

    This article will help you to identify early warning signs of shock and strut failure This will assist you in diagnostic issues before they become large problems. Don’t forget Randburg Midas will be able to assist you will all your suspension needs! Contact us today (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Shock and Strut Warning Signs Shocks and struts do not need to be replaced at specific mileage intervals so understanding how to identify the warning signs associated with failing shocks and struts is integral to your safety and the safety of your passengers. Shocks and struts wear out over time and the implications of failure could be dangerous. New shocks and struts can make you stop up to 10 feet sooner, while providing increased vehicle stability and better driver control. Shock and Strut Warning Signs: Excessive Bouncing Coil springs are part of your vehicle’s suspension system. If your vehicle is designed with shocks, the coil springs are mounted between the wheels and the frame of the vehicle. Struts, on the other hand, are essentially a coil spring and shock absorber all in one piece. When you drive over a bump, your car bounces on the coil springs, regardless of whether you have shocks or struts. The shock absorbers in both cases keep your car from bouncing nonstop. So if you drive over a bump or a patch of rough road and your vehicle continues to bounce, it is an indication that you require a shock or strut replacement. Nose Dives/Rear End Squats Dipping Your car should be steady and stable at all times – whether you are braking, accelerating, or turning – so that you can maintain control as you drive. Shock and struts help keep the car steady. When braking, if the front end of your vehicle, otherwise known as the nose, of your car dives, it is an indication that your shocks and struts need to be replaced, or at least evaluated. Another sign that your shocks or struts require service is if the rear end of your vehicle “squats” when you accelerate. Additionally, if you make a turn and the vehicle dips drastically to one side, your shocks or struts may need to be replaced. Tire “Cupping” also known as Bald Spots If the struts or shocks on your vehicle are bad, the tires will literally bounce up and down as you drive. Each…

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