Get to Know: Android Auto

By Parkside Motors / October 18, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Car manufacturers knew they should put beautiful screens in our new cars, but making an intuitive interface was not really their speciality. This is where Silicon Valley comes into the picture. Let's look at Google's take on a handsfree UI and see how it fits the bill.

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Round-Up: Automatic Transmissions

We have been busy over the last month writing articles that address many of the questions and concerns we are faced at the shop regarding automatic transmissions. Below is a quick round up of our latest work. Spend some time digging around, we think you will like what you find.

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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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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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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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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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Vehicle Earthquake Preparedness in Victoria, BC

By Parkside Motors / January 12, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

It has been two weeks since a fairly substantial 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit North Saanich and gave everyone (and everything) a good shake. The media, along with scientific researchers, have been telling Vancouver Island residents to plan ahead for an even larger earthquake that could cause unprecedented damage. In this article we take a look at the three types of earthquakes that could occur on the island and layout a solid plan for what you should have in your vehicle to be prepared if an ...

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Why won’t my key turn?

By Parkside Motors / December 10, 2015 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

In this series of Q&A posts we are using google’s autocomplete function to find the most commonly asked questions about cars and giving them each a definitive answer. This week we answer the question “why won't my key turn in the ignition?”

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Should I warm up my car in winter?

In this series of Q&A posts we are using google's autocomplete function to find the most commonly asked questions about cars and giving them each a definitive answer. This week we answer the question "should I warm up my car in winter?"

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Winter Battery Tests

By Parkside Motors / October 28, 2015 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Winter is nearly here, and cold weather means reduced battery power and increased drain. Here is how we test it, and also how we fix it, in this week's Battery Round-Up.

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Why does my car burn oil?

By Parkside Motors / October 6, 2015 / From The Mailbag, Tips / 1 Comment

In this series of Q&A posts we are using google's autocomplete function to find the most commonly asked questions about cars and giving them each a definitive answer. This week we answer the question "why does my car burn oil?"

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Light Flicker Explained

By Parkside Motors / August 31, 2015 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

One interesting phenomenon of car ownership is headlight flicker. It can happen from time to time for a variety of reasons and it can leave the owner frustrated and confused about what is causing it and how big of a deal it is. Here are three causes, and three solutions to get you sorted out.

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