18Jul

7 Benefits of a Radiator Flush

No matter what kind of vehicle you own, it will benefit from having your cooling system inspected annually. A radiator is your car's cooling system. Radiators hold water and a specially designed coolant (antifreeze). As the heart of the cooling system, they keep your engine from overheating and engine block from warping, cracking, or seizing with heat.

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11Jul

Common Summer Car Problems

By Parkside Motors / July 11, 2017 / Articles, Tips / 1 Comment

Summer is heralded by sunshine, warmer weather and for many of us, the lure of the open road. Before you load up your favourite road-trip mix tapes, consider inspecting your vehicle for readiness.

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4Jul

Road Trip Checklist (Mechanic Not Needed)

Summertime is a great time for road-trips near and far. Whether you plan to travel a few kilometers or a cross country pilgrimage, you need to ensure your vehicle is road-trip worthy.

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27Jun

Road Trip Checklist (Mechanic Needed)

This is the first in a two part series on summer road trips. This article is going to deal with a road trip checklist for getting your car in mechanical shape to handle a long journey, so these will (for the most part) require a mechanic. Part two is coming next week, with simple ideas to DIY your road trip checklist.

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20Jun

How To Properly Wash Your Car

If you stay on top of maintaining the exterior of your vehicle, it won’t take much to keep the paint clean, shiny, and ready to drive with pride all summer long.

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13Jun

How to Avoid Distraction on the Road

On top of large fines, distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents, which all too often result in loss of property and life. Here are some ways to remain safe on the road and minimize your distractions.

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6Jun

Need to Know: Windshield Mold

The climate of B.C. is a heaven for a variety of molds. Microscopic spores are all around us, both outside and inside our homes and cars. Here are some tips on how to prevent it from forming in the first place.

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11Apr

Tools to Get You Un-Stuck

By Parkside Motors / April 11, 2017 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

If you are planning to do any off-roading this summer, getting your vehicle stuck is a definite possibility, no matter how cautious you are. The best way to handle getting stuck in mud, sand, or soft terrain, is to always be prepared. That means keeping a certain amount of gear in your car, truck, or 4x4 that will help in these situations.

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5Apr

Tips: Reducing Rattles

It’s hard to think of something more annoying than the unidentified rattle inside your vehicle. Here we walk you through the steps of how to identify the culprit and how to shut it up for good.

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21Mar

What Oil Additives Do (and don’t do)

Oil additives are touted as a way to reduce your fuel consumption and combat increasing gasoline prices. We’d like to separate the truths from the wild claims that additive manufacturers make in their efforts to move their product off the store shelves and into your oil tank.

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14Mar

Springtime DIY Vs Shop Service

Spring is here, which brings with it a need to do a once-over on our vehicles to ensure winter didn’t damage anything important. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, there are some money-saving DIY items you can do yourself, from home.

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28Feb

Recovering From Winter

By Parkside Motors / February 28, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Winter takes it’s toll on every inch of your vehicle, so once you’re pretty sure winter salt, snow, temperatures are behind you, it’s time to get your vehicle ready for spring. Here are five simple things you can do yourself to bring your car back to a summer shine.

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21Feb

How To Get Your Driving Record

By Parkside Motors / February 21, 2017 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Your driving record, also called a driver's abstract, is a record of your driving history. There are times when you will need an official record of your driving history, so in this article we outline how to get it when you need it most.

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7Feb

Headlights: Legality of new technology

By Parkside Motors / February 7, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

I don’t want to break your heart, but law enforcement lacks the resources to verify whether each set of questionable headlights meet local standards. Learn about what you need to know about current headlight standards here.

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17Jan

The Secret to Window Defrosting

By Parkside Motors / January 17, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

"My commute for work starts very early in the morning, and the cold weather is really slowing me down. What can I do about my frosted windows?" Iced Over in Victoria.

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3Jan

Q&A: Why Are My Winter Tires So Loud?

"I followed the instructions from the Government Canada website and got a set of winter tires for my car. I took a road trip over Christmas and I could not believe how loud my snow tires were compared to my regular tire. What gives? It made my car sound like airplane taking off!"

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