14Nov

Why is blue smoke coming out of my exhaust pipe?

By Parkside Motors / November 14, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / 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 blue smoke, what it means, and how to fix it.

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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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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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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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27Sep

Q&A: Why Won’t My Sunroof Close?

By Parkside Motors / September 27, 2016 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

This week we answer an urgent question from a long time reader "My electric sunroof won't close, what can I do to fix it? The rainy season is coming and I have to sort this out ASAP!"

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20Sep

Why won’t my car go past second gear?

By Parkside Motors / September 20, 2016 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

Q: "I am having a problem with my car's transmission. It is an automatic, but it won't seem to go past second gear, it just revs and never shifts. What is going on?" Spinning My Wheels in Victoria, BC.

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13Sep

Q&A: Why can’t I get my car out of park?

By Parkside Motors / September 13, 2016 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

This week we answer a question from a frustrated client. Why won't my vehicle shift out of park?

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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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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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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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10Mar

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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10Mar

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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