8Oct

Why You Blew a Gasket

By Parkside Motors / October 8, 2019 / 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 are a number of causes for a blown head gasket.

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17Sep

Removing Oil Spills from your Driveway

By Parkside Motors / September 17, 2019 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

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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10Sep

Essential Gadgets for Your Auto Toolkit

By Parkside Motors / September 10, 2019 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

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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3Sep

Why Won’t My Key Turn?

This is an interesting question, and very common as well. Your vehicle is built so that the steering wheel cannot turn without the key in the ignition. This increases safety and protects you from theft.

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20Aug

Light Flicker Explained

By Parkside Motors / August 20, 2019 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Headlight flicker can happen from time to time for a variety of reasons and it can leave the owner frustrated and confused. Here are three causes, and three solutions to get you sorted out.

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13Aug

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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15Jul

Does Your Car Tire Have a Bubble?

A bubble in the sidewall of your tire can really only mean one thing. Click here to read how it got there and how to fix it.

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9Jul

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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18Jun

When to Use Low Gears in an Automatic

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

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11Jun

Choose the Right Jumper Cables

Not everyone needs to buy the most expensive cables, but there are a few good rules of thumb to help you choose wisely and get exactly what you need.

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4Jun

When to Change to Summer Tires

There is a simple rule of thumb to take into consideration that helps you decide when you can safely change back to summer tires. Read all about it right here.

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28May

Ten Tips for Buying a Used Car

By Parkside Motors / May 28, 2019 / Articles, Tips / 1 Comment

Back in the day, buying a used car often represented a leap of faith and a measure of good luck. Times have changed, here's what you need to know.

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21May

Spring Car Tips

By Parkside Motors / May 21, 2019 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

When the sun is out and the frost and rain are a distant memory, there are a handful of things you need to do to get your car ready for the busy driving season. Here is a quick list with a few pro tips to make your transition even easier next year.

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14May

The Best Diagnostic Tool

By Parkside Motors / May 14, 2019 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

When you hear an oddball sound that just won’t recur when you bring it to the shop, reach for your nearest mobile device. The best diagnostic tool is the one that is with you.

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7May

Unlocking the Secrets of Transponder Keys

Even though "transponder" sounds like something out of Star Trek, they are an important piece of kit you need to know a few things about. Learn what you need to know, right here.

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16Apr

Recalls: Why Bother Repairing?

By Parkside Motors / April 16, 2019 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

After 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.

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