23Aug

When to use low gears in an Automatic

By Parkside Motors / August 23, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

It might seem counterintuitive, but sometimes you need to manually shift your automatic vehicle. Here is some prime examples of when you should take control.

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10Aug

Myth or Fact: I Should Coast In Neutral to Save Fuel

There is a ton of false information out there. Some of it is misguided, and some of it is just left over from when vehicles were made in a different way to completely different regulations. This week we decide if coasting in neutral to save fuel is a fact or myth.

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9Aug

Q&A: Why is My Automatic Always in Gear?

This week's question: ""Why is it that my automatic transmission vehicle is always in gear, even when I'm stopped? If I don't keep my foot on the brake, it automatically moves forward without me pressing on the gas. Why?"

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2Aug

Digital Owner’s Manuals

Your vehicle's Owner's Manual is the best source of useful information about your car. Here we take a look at the most common uses of your owner's manual and where to go to download a new digital copy.

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26Jul

Round-Up: Fuel Articles

Over the last month we have been going in-depth with a complex topic. Vehicle fuel options have many myths, misconceptions, and misguided marketing tactics that try to get you to spend more than you need at the pump. In this three part series we went through all of the details, showed you what you need […]

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19Jul

Need to Know: Octane Part 3 (Additives)

This is the third part in a multi-part series that will cover everything you need to know about your vehicle's fuel. Today we are looking at higher octane fuels, and if the additives they boast improve your engine's efficiency enough to warrant their high price.

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12Jul

Need to Know: Octane Part 2 (Performance Benefits)

This is the first in a multi-part series that will cover everything you need to know about your vehicle's fuel. Today we examine how higher octane fuel levels in a high compression engine can increase power OR increase their energy efficiency. It is all up to the manufacturer's preferences.

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6Jul

Need to Know: Octane Levels

This is the first in a multi-part series that will cover everything you need to know about your vehicle's fuel. Today we are looking at octane levels, what they mean, where they came from, and why it is important to know the correct octane level for your vehicle.

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21Jun

Do Car Alarms Prevent Theft?

Do car alarms prevent theft? We ask ourselves this question every time we hear an alarm going off in the neighbourhood for hours on end. This week we look at the data to see what, if any, benefit comes from having a car alarm in the modern age.

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14Jun

Manual Transmission as Theft Deterrent: Fact or Myth?

By Parkside Motors / June 14, 2016 / Fact or Myth? / 1 Comment

Does having a manual transmission make your vehicle harder to steal? We asked the experts and this is what we found, in this week's "Fact or Myth?"

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8Jun

Manual Transmission gets better milage: Fact or Myth?

By Parkside Motors / June 8, 2016 / Fact or Myth? / No Comments

There is a ton of false information out there. Many people think a manual transmission will get them better fuel economy, but is this still true today? We test it out and dive into the details in this week's "Fact or Myth?"

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31May

Trivial Matters: Crazy Car Paint Trivia

We spend a heck of a lot of time working INSIDE vehicles. Rebuilding engines, replacing mechanical parts, and performing all of your regularly schedule maintenance. It can be easy for us to forget about the OUTSIDE of your vehicle. There are so many interesting facets of a vehicle's exterior and how it can affect your pride in car ownership, your resale value, and even your comfort. Check out these crazy bit of car paint trivia, some of them will blow you away.

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25May

Replace a belt with pantyhose: Fact or Myth?

By Parkside Motors / May 25, 2016 / Fact or Myth? / No Comments

As with most old wives tales and myths, they are rooted in at least a bit of truth. The question is, how much truth are we talking about here? This week we examine the adage that you can replace a snapped belt with pantyhose in a pinch...how much truth is there?

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17May

Fix a Leak With a Raw Egg: Fact or Myth?

By Parkside Motors / May 17, 2016 / Fact or Myth? / No Comments

There is a ton of false information out there. Some of it is is partially true, some is completely misguided. But what about cracking an egg in your radiator to stop a leak? Get the skinny from our technicians as we put this myth to the test.

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11May

Don’t Run Your Tank Empty: Fact or Myth?

By Parkside Motors / May 11, 2016 / Fact or Myth? / No Comments

Should you run your tank on empty, or will it ruin your fuel pump? There is a ton of false information out there. Some of it is misguided, and some of it is just left over from when vehicles were made in a different way to completely different regulations. This new post format is going to pose these questions to our top tier technicians to find out once and for all if they are FACT or MYTH.

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4May

Why does my car keep blowing fuses?

Is your vehicle blowing fuse after fuse? There might be a simple explanation. Let's explore the possible causes.

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