PARKSIDE'S AUTO REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES
Here you will find a growing list of our services.Short descriptions are provided for each, with links to full length articles as we write them.
What’s involved? Draining of engine oil and replenishing with manufacturer-approved oil. We then install a new warranty-approved oil filter, and lubricate the chassis, suspension and steering system (where applicable). We finish with a full vehicle Inspection.
In Depth Article: Read our article on oil change basics here.
What’s involved: To extend the life of your transmission, we flush the vehicle’s broken down transmission fluid and install fresh warranty approved transmission fluid. We then replace the filter and pan gaskets if necessary.
In Depth Article: Read our article on transmission fluid basics here.
What’s involved: We perform a coolant test for pH and freezing point then pressure test the system for leaks. We then flush the old engine coolant, fill up with new coolant, and inspect the coolant system components.
In Depth Article: Read our article on Coolant System basics here.
What’s involved: The computer is interrogated by the scan tool to reveal not only fault codes but also the vital data needed to make an analysis of the fuel injection system, emissions system and ignition system. It assists in our diagnosis of the problem(s) the vehicle is experiencing.
In Depth Article: Read our article on the importance of quick action when it comes to engine diagnostics. All of your questions are answered here.
What’s involved: We replace the old worn timing belt and other related components driven by the belt such as pulleys, seals, tensioner and (sometimes) water pump to ensure all parts can make it to the next interval.
In Depth Article: Read our article on how to avoid catastrophic engine failure with one simple rule of thumb.
What’s involved: Installation of OE approved replacement filter along with a visual inspection of mounting and hose or line fitting at the filter.
In Depth Article: Read our article on how fuel filter replacement can save you money and improve your driving experience.
What’s involved: Cleaning the vehicle’s fuel injectors and combustion chambers of contaminants by means of a flushing machine and specialized injector detergent.
In Depth Article: Read our article on how clean fuel injectors have an effect on your ride quality and fuel costs.
What’s involved: A clutch replacement generally involves a new pressure plate, clutch disc and release bearing (sometimes called the throw-out bearing). These parts should ALL be replaced, even if they don’t appear worn. The pilot bearing or bushing, which sits at the end of the transmission shaft should also be checked or replaced. The flywheel will need machining at best, or at times full replacement. Some vehicle clutches are operated by cables, and others by hydraulic cylinders that also need replacement after time.
In Depth Article: Read our article about the when, why, and how of clutch replacement.
What’s involved: We check your system for parts that are worn out and replace them to make your car quiet, safe and emission compliant again. We replace exhaust pipes, mufflers and catalytic converters as needed.
In Depth Article: Read more about how exhaust replacement works and how to know it is time to take the plunge.
What’s involved: Road test to assess system performance. Complete inspection of the brake hardware, brake pads, shoes, rotors, or drums, brake lines and fluid. Repair and replace parts as needed.
Learn More: Read our full article on brake repair right here.
What’s involved: First we road test to assess system performance. If needed, a complete system flush of old brake fluid and any contaminants. The we replenish with new brake fluid.
Learn More: Read our in-depth article on Brake Fluid Flushes right here.
What’s involved: First we road test to assess brake performance. Then we access the onboard ABS computer with a scan tool to discover the fault codes and often with additional diagnostic inspection can provide a comprehensive evaluation of ABS codes and offer our repair recommendations.
Learn More: Read our in-depth article about the ABS System right here.
What’s involved: There is no repair option for an alternator, only replacement. After diagnostic tests if we confirm that the alternator is no longer functioning we replace it with a new unit and get you back on the road.
Learn More: Read our in depth article on alternators right here.
What’s involved: First we perform a computer diagnosis of your vehicle’s battery, starter and alternator, followed by an inspection of alternator drive belt. A final inspection of your cable connections confirms what might need repair or replacement.
Learn More: Read our in depth article on battery and charging systems right here.
What’s involved: First we run an AVR test of the battery to determine its capacity to take a load (i.e. cranking the engine over). According to its size and design it must meet a certain level of performance to provide the customer with confidence that the car will start reliably. We follow with a visual inspection of the battery mounting brackets as well as battery cables and terminals to ensure good electrical connections.
Learn More: Read our in-depth article on battery load tests right here.
What’s Involved: We visually inspect all associated components driven by belts and replace any belts or other components that are old and worn.
Learn More: Read our in-depth article on belt inspection right here.
Steering & Suspension
What’s involved: First we road test to confirm the symptoms of the noise or road feel complaint. We then inspect the steering and suspension system including tire condition and air pressure for the cause of the symptom. We make recommendations of a repair or maintenance with you based on our findings.
What’s involved: A visual and sometimes audible inspection is performed on the power steering system. If needed we would flush the old fluid and refill the system with new manufacturer approved fluid.
Learn More: Have a look at our in-depth article on Power Steering Fluid along with some FAQs here.
Read More about Provincial Safety Inspections right here!