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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1Aug

Don’t Blow a Gasket

The words “blown head gasket” sound like a fairly serious problem, and it is a costly one to repair, but actually detecting a faulty head gasket is usually straightforward - even for the layperson.

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25Jul

Maintenance To Try Yourself

Being inquisitive and being confident enough to try things out on your own vehicle is a sign of a true car lover and potential DIY mechanic. If you feel so inclined, here is a list of really simple maintenance procedures you can do on your own if you want to get your hards dirty and learn a bit about your vehicle.

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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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14May

Q&A: What is the TPMS in My Car?

Q: “What is this TPMS warning I am getting in my instrument cluster? What is it and what does it do?” Under-Pressure in Victoria

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7May

Q&A: Can I Buy Generic Tires?

Q: "When I was shopping for tires, I saw "OEM" tires and generic third party tires. Can I safely choose a 3rd party tire or do I need to buy original replacements?" - Confused in Vic

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3May

Q&A: Do I Need To Break In New Tires?

Q: "I just got a full set of new tires and I have a question. Do I need to go easy on them while I break them in, or can I just drive as usual right away? - New Rubber Victoria

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18Apr

Can You Use Mismatched Tires?

If you decide to replace one or two of your tires, the best choice is to replace them with the exact same brand, style, and size that are already on the vehicle. Here's why.

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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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