Maintenance

Whether it’s time for your next factory recommended maintenance visit, a routine oil change, new tires, or repair services on your brakes, muffler and exhaust, suspension, air conditioner, or any other mechanical or electrical component of your car, Midas is in your neighborhood and ready to serve you.

Lug nuts, if not lubricated occasionally can seize or “freeze” to the studs due to corrosion. Repairing them can be expensive. Having to call a tow truck for a flat you can’t remove is even more expensive. The next time you change or rotate your tires, pick up some anti-seize lubricant at your local auto supply store. Clean the stud threads with a wire brush and wipe them with the lubricant. It’s formulated to prevent the lug nuts (spark plugs, too) from seizing and won’t allow them to loosen as you drive, the way other lubricants might. If a lug nut does freeze to a stud, try spraying the nut and stud with WD-40 or Liquid Wrench. Allow it to penetrate for 10 or 20 minutes. Use a heat gun to apply heat. Then use a ratchet wrench to remove the lug.
  • Usefuel with ratings as recommended by the manufacturer for optimum performance of the engine.
  • Use good quality of fuel to avoid frequent clogging of fuel system.
  • Never fill in filling station immediately on receipt of fuel, as the turbulence can stir up sediment and sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance and possibly necessary repairs.
  • Insist on checking hoses and belt during maintenance, if they are hard or making a crunching sound or extemely soft or sticky or bulge formation please replace them.
  • Never drive with ruptured hose as it may lead to overheat and consequential damages inside engine.
  • Similarly check for drive belts, belts should not be too loose and too tight.
  • Also check for belt damage such as glazing, fraying and cracks. Have the belts checked with a professional and replace if necessary.
  • It is better to check even maintenance free batteries to extend its life.
  • Keep your battery clean and inspect the battery case for cracks or bulges.
  • Reinstall the cables, positive first and coat the terminals and clamps with a thin coating to prevent new corrosion.
  • If your battery has vent caps, remove them to check the level of the electrolyte.
  • Use distilled water to raise the level of electrolyte, never use mineral water as it may cause mineral that can damage your battery.
  • If you are not going to use your car for more than a month, store it properly to prevent unnecessary damage and repairs upon your return.
  • Wash and wax the car thoroughly to protect the finish.
  • Disengage the parking brake to avoid brake jamming.
  • Disconnect and remove the battery to keep away from draining.
  • Plug the tail pipe to prevent moist air infiltrating into it.
  • To avoid sun ultra rays, moisture, bird droppings and dust falling on the painted area please park the car in a garage.
  • Touch up paint in minor nicks, scratches to avoid rust formation.
  • A short term fix is to tape over cracked taillight or turn-signal cover to avoid water filling and wiring damage.
  • Rinse the undercarriage, hard to reach areas inside the wheel walls areas susceptible to rust during winter season.
  • Nail in your tire? It’s important to know if a puncture can be repaired if the tire needs to be replaced. This video gives a simple explanation to understanding when a repair is possible. “It takes only five minutes to check tire inflation, including the spare. Since tires effect a vehicle’s ride, handling and traction, checking tire pressure
    Maintaining your vehicle’s tires is not only essential to getting better gas mileage, but it is also crucial to ensuring safety on the road. To maximize tire life, the Car Care Council recommends checking tire condition and pressure regularly, and there is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week.
    Essential to getting better gas mileage, but it is also crucial to ensuring safety on the road. To maximize tire life, the Car Care Council recommends checking tire condition and pressure regularly, and there is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week.
    Gas mileage, but it is also crucial to ensuring safety on the road. To maximize tire life, the Car Care Council recommends checking tire condition and pressure regularly, and there is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week.