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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.

  • 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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  • Parallel Park like a BOSS

    Watch this video to learn how to Parallel Park like a BOSS #Howto #SmokeBrake Parallel Parking can be daunting but if you follow the easy steps in this video you will be Parallel Parking everywhere you go in no time. 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

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  • Best brake fluid available from Randburg Midas

    Whenever riding a superbike, you want to know that you have reliable breaking power when you need it. Use the best brake fluid which is available from Randburg Midas! #SmokeBrake Regardless of how good your brake pads and disks are, without the correct high performance brake fluid you might as well not have breaks… What does brake fluid do? Heat generated under braking, especially under heavier breaking or prolonged breaking, may affect the brake fluid which can only work if it is liquid and not so hot that it has become vapor. Therefore the boiling point that your brake fluid can achieve is critical to efficient braking as temperatures above the boiling point form vapor bubbles in the system, potentially resulting in brake failure. In addition, the brake fluid serves as a lubricant of all movable parts and prevents corrosion. It has to be compatible with rubber seals and hoses thus allowing braking systems to achieve long service and optimal performance That is why it is highly recommended to use Motul brake fluid. 100% synthetic brake fluid on polyglycol basis for all types of hydraulic actuated brake and clutch systems in accordance with DOT 5.1, DOT 4 and DOT 3 manufacturers recommendations. Specially designed for anti-locking brake system (ABS). Dry boiling point of 522°F (272°C)   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: https://www.kwik-fit.com/brakes/information/why-brake-fluid-is-important

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  • 10 Things People Don’t Know about Their Cars

    When it comes to cars there are probably hundreds of things people don’t know, but are interesting and helpful at the same time. Watch this short video to learn about 10 Things People Don’t Know about Their Cars #SmokeBrake If car maintenance and spare parts is something you are not that clued up on, don’t worry – just speak to one of our friendly experienced sales team and they will help you with everything you need to know and more! 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

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  • Early Warning Signs that You Have an Oil Leak

    Whether you have sprung a leak or just need a top up, just remember Randburg Midas has the right engine oil for all makes and models of cars. Learn what the early Warning Signs are that You Have an Oil Leak #SmokeBrake The most common and obvious symptom of an oil leak is the presence of a puddle beneath your vehicle that forms whilst the car is parked. However, while most people might automatically assume that the leak in question is an oil leak, the fact of the matter is that there are actually over six different types of fluid that may be leaking – oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid, to name a few. Read on to learn how to tell the difference and how to look out for warning signs that your engine oil reservoir has been compromised. Generally, you can tell what kind of a fluid leak your vehicle is experiencing by taking note of the colour and consistency of the puddle that forms below the engine: Oil is usually light brown or black in colour with a medium consistency. Transmission fluid is usually reddish; however, it can also be brown or black. The puddle will form underneath the car towards the centre. Power steering fluid looks exactly like transmission fluid, but will pool towards the front of the car. If you notice a leak that is slippery in consistency and a pale brown colour, you are most likely dealing with leaking brake fluid. Brightly-coloured fluid that is either green, yellow or red could indicate a coolant leak. Below are a few other tell-tale signs that your engine oil is leaking: Your oil is consistently low If you find that you constantly have to top up your oil every time you visit the petrol station, the chances are high that you have a leak. In order to tell whether the leak is minor or a sign of something slightly more serious, top up your oil at home and check the level every half an hour or so. If the oil drains rapidly, you could have a hole in your oil pan. You see oil that is milky in appearance If your oil looks slightly milky, there might be a crack in the engine block which is causing the oil to mix with water and slowly leak out. Your clutch slips If your vehicle has manual transmission, your clutch might…

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