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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Safety: Floor Mats

Over the last few years there were millions of recalls of vehicles to correct "a possible incursion of an incorrect or out-of-place front driver's side floor mat into the foot pedal well, which can cause pedal entrapment". Let's look at what that means and how to make sure we are not effected ourselves.

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Recalls: Why Bother Repairing?

By Parkside Motors / April 20, 2016 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

fter reflecting on the HOW of vehicle recalls, there is one important matter that is left on the table, and that is WHY you should bother with these repairs at all. There is also the smaller question of WHEN you should be concerned about them, and we will get to that at the bottom of this article.

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Vehicle Recalls: How to Stay Informed

In this guide we walk you through the three steps to getting all of your vehicle recalls repaired for free, and how to register your safety equipment to get recall information before it fails. Preventative maintenance is the best kind of maintenance.

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Need to Know: Electric Cars & The Environment

This week there was a major development in the short history of electric cars. Elon Musk and Tesla Motors announced their third model, the Model ?, and are attempting to make owning an electric car that has top of class safety and range affordable to everyone. This raises a big question that comes up every […]

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Need to Know: Transponder Keys

Transponder keys are a staple of pretty much all vehicles manufactured since 1995. Even though "transponder" sounds like something out of Star Trek, they are important piece of kit you need to know a few things about, especially if you plan on making a second set of keys or if you lose you keys at some point during the life of your vehicle.

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Can I Run My Car On Wasted Vegetable Oil?

Following up on last week's article on Bio Diesel, we tackle the question of using Wasted Vegetable Oil as a long term fuel option for diesel vehicle owners. As it turns out, running on WVO this is more complicated task than you might think.

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Can I Run My Car On Bio Diesel?

Many of us West-Coasters want to do what we can to make environmentally conscious decisions in our day to day lives. With a resurgence of diesel engine vehicles on the market over the last 5 to 10 years, our options are beginning to grow, and many people who have purchased a diesel vehicle are looking to take the next step to bio-diesel or used vegetable oil to further reduce their carbon footprint.

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Can my car tow a boat?

Q: We live in one of the best boating towns in the world and I am getting the itch to buy a boat for the family. BUT I have a car, not a truck. Do you think I can tow a boat with my car? What’s the rule of thumb?

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Need to Know: Engine Break-In Period

By Parkside Motors / February 24, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

There was a time, probably over 10 years ago, when it was important to treat your new vehicle with kid gloves for the first few thousand kilometres of use. Is it still relevant to follow this rule today? We discuss this issue in depth in this week's "Need to Know".

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