17Apr

How to Maintain Your Vehicle in Warranty

Many consumers think that the only option for a vehicle under warranty is to have it serviced by the dealership, however, this is not the case. You are still able to enjoy the convenience and trust you have with your independent garage during the car’s warranty.

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10Apr

Pothole Season: How to Protect Yourself

By Parkside Motors / April 10, 2018 / Articles / No Comments

Potholes are an inevitability of driving, especially in areas that experience significant temperature fluctuations throughout the year. Here are a few tips that should help you and your car make it through the next ‘pothole season’ unscathed.

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3Apr

When Should I Use A Fuel Additive?

While many of us are vaguely aware of the potential benefits of fuel additives, it can be confusing to figure out whether or not they are appropriate for your car, and if so which ones to use. Read more to learn which, if any, fuel additives could improve your car's performance.

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27Mar

Common Causes of Coolant Leaks

The cooling system in your car is vital to the proper functioning of the car’s engine and a malfunctioning or damaged coolant system may toy with your car's efficiency and effectiveness. Read on to learn more about coolant leaks.

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20Mar

4 Signs of Faulty Tie Rods

By Parkside Motors / March 20, 2018 / Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

Tie rod ends can go bad, fast. As a critical part of the steering linkage, it’s important to recognize the early signs of tie rod ends going bad before driving becomes dangerous or the issue causes damage to other parts.

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13Mar

How to Fix an Alarm that Keeps Going Off

By Parkside Motors / March 13, 2018 / Need To Know / No Comments

If your car alarm seems to have a mind of its own, and isn’t responding to the buttons on your fob, there are some possible solutions you can try at home before taking it into the shop.

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1Mar

How To Install a Car Seat

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. When compared to the use of a seatbelt alone, an appropriately selected and properly installed car seat can minimize the risk of injury by up to 80% and reduce the risk of death by 28%.

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6Feb

How Do I Disengage a Car Alarm?

A car alarm going off at an inconvenient or unexpected time can cause a bit of a panic. Here are three tips for how to get your car to quiet down when it’s making a scene.

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23Jan

Why do I need to have my wheel re-torqued?

By Parkside Motors / January 23, 2018 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Q: "Why did my mechanic tell me to come back a second time to have my wheels re-torqued after having my winter and summer tires switched? Why didn’t he just double check them in the first place?" Click for the answer.

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16Jan

Driving Hack: Natural Defroster

By Parkside Motors / January 16, 2018 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Winter is here, and unfortunately the hot cocoa and snow days are often accompanied by cold cars with frozen windows. No one wants to begin their day by chipping away the ice that’s formed on their windshields, so here are a few tips on how to outsmart Jack Frost.

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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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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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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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