9Jan

Why is my car alarm going off?

By Parkside Motors / January 9, 2018 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Since your vehicle is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, keeping it secure is extremely important. Essentially 100% of cars today are equipped with an alarm of some sort, and they do a pretty good job of deterring curb-side break-ins. A car alarm that goes off unexpectedly, though, is frustrating, and quickly gets tiresome. Here are some possible causes for why your car alarm is going off, and how to fix them.

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12Dec

How bad is salt for cars?

With winter in full-force across much of the nation, salt crews have been on the go prepping roadways before, after, and during inclement winter weather. Although road salt is essential for safe winter driving, it can also lead to numerous car troubles.

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5Dec

Round-Up: Exhaust Smoke Colour Guide

By Parkside Motors / December 5, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

This month we wrote up the three main culprits of smoke clouds. If you are having exhaust issues, just find your smoke colour below and click through to read why it is happening and how to fix it.

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28Nov

Why is white smoke coming from my exhaust pipe?

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

This short blog series is going to be about the causes and remedies of white, blue, and black smoke from your engine exhaust. Today we take a look at white smoke, what causes it, and how to fix it.

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21Nov

Why is black smoke coming out of my exhaust pipe?

By Parkside Motors / November 21, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / 4 Comments

This short blog series is going to be about the causes and remedies of white, blue, and black smoke from your engine exhaust. Today we take a look at black smoke, what it means, and how to fix it.

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14Nov

Why is blue smoke coming out of my exhaust pipe?

By Parkside Motors / November 14, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / 2 Comments

This short blog series is going to be about the causes and remedies of white, blue, and black smoke from your engine exhaust. Today we take a look at blue smoke, what it means, and how to fix it.

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7Nov

Need to Know: Power Steering Problems

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

Power steering is a component of your vehicle that most drivers don’t appreciate until it’s malfunctioning. Here we look at the causes and symptoms of power steering problems.

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24Oct

Car Selling: Step by Step

By Parkside Motors / October 24, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

Are you thinking about selling your vehicle yourself and aren’t sure where to start? We’ve broken it down into four simple steps from preparing your car or truck for sale, what paperwork you require to sell, marketing your vehicle and finally- closing the sale.

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17Oct

Car Buying: Choosing a Dealer

By Parkside Motors / October 17, 2017 / Need To Know / No Comments

A good vehicle dealer can create either a satisfying experience or a painful process that ends with you walking out the door, no keys in hand. Most customers can bear to spend at most two hours at a dealership before they call it a day, so read the following tips on how to select a dealership that you’ll not only tolerate long enough to buy a vehicle from, but want to build a relationship with.

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10Oct

Remove Oil Stains from Surfaces

By Parkside Motors / October 10, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

There are many different things you can do to get rid of oil stains from these various surfaces. Below we outline some ideas to safely remove oil staines from concrete, carpet, and clothing; Three of the main places you find unwanted oil on a daily basis.

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3Oct

Need to Know: Signs of Failing Spark Plugs

By Parkside Motors / October 3, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

A spark plug is an important part of your cars electrical system. Failing spark plugs will make your vehicle run less efficiently, impacts safety and you’ll burn through more fuel. If you’re not sure what to look for, here are some signs of failing spark plugs.

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19Sep

Car Buying: The Worst Time To Buy

By Parkside Motors / September 19, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Car-buying experts have identified certain times consumers should delay or avoid purchasing a new vehicle. Here are four examples, some of these may surprise you.

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12Sep

Why You Blew a Gasket

By Parkside Motors / September 12, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

A blown head gasket in your engine is when the gasket that seals the cylinder head of the engine to the engine block breaks. For the DIY mechanic, you can make this repair yourself, but first you’ll need to know the root cause. Easier said than done, because there’s a number of causes for a blown head gasket.

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5Sep

How to remove a broken key from your ignition

By Parkside Motors / September 5, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

Breaking your key off in the ignition is easily one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a driver, leaving you feeling helpless and stuck. Here are some tips to get it sorted quickly and easily.

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15Aug

Removing Oil Spills from your Driveway

Ever see a rainbow coloured stain on your driveway when you pull your car away? This is oil, and it needs to be cleaned up before it contaminates the water supply. Here is how to do it in a timely fashion.

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8Aug

Essential Gadgets for Your Auto Toolkit

If you’re a DIY car owner, you probably already have a couple of basic tools. This guide outlines 11 essential fix-it items you should have to assist in an emergency or tackle minor repairs on your own. Some of these are no brainers, and some you wouldn’t think of before it is too late!

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