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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Choose the Right Jumper Cables

Our previous post on how to properly boost a dead battery has lead us to another important topic. It is a really good idea to take a moment when you are choosing what type of jumper cable to buy to keep in your trunk. 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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My Car Tire Has a Bubble, Help!

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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How to Jump Start Your Vehicle

By Parkside Motors / July 26, 2015 / Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

This one might seem like a no brainer, but it can be confusing, especially since it only comes up once in a while. Here is an illustrated look at how to boost your vehicle safely in no time flat.

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Should I Use The Parking Brake In My Auto Trans Car?

In this instalment of "From the Mailbag" Andrew Kralt settles a civil disagreement about the use of the parking break in automatic transmission vehicles. It is nice to see things settled, once and for all.

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Most Common Car Repairs

Ever wonder what the most common car repairs are in North America and how much they cost? This survey found some interesting results, along with some great ideas about how to avoid some of the more costly and unnecessary repairs.

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Tire Care For Families

By Parkside Motors / July 9, 2015 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Since your tires are the only part of your vehicle that is actually ON the road, you can assume that they are integral to essentially all aspects of how your vehicle handles, rides, starts, stops, accelerates, and handles all manner of weather. Tires can be a bit confusing though, and we field quite a few basic questions about how to check them for damage, maintenance, and replacement. This infographic will tell you everything you need to know and then some.

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When to Change to Summer Tires

When the weather is starting to warm up, but you think that there might be another bout of cool weather coming, it can be difficult to decide when you should bring your vehicle into the shop to have your winter tires replaced with your summer set. There is a simple rule of thumb to take into consideration that makes the decision very simple, read all about it, right here.

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Tips: Name That Leak

What do you see? How does it feel? What does it smell like? We help you use your senses to save you maintenance costs and keep your vehicle safe for you and your family.

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Tips: Sunroofs in Winter

By Parkside Motors / January 13, 2015 / Articles, Services, Tips / 1 Comment

During the winter, which is more like the rainy season in Victoria, there is a common problem that pops up in regards to sunroofs. We live in the perfect city for an open top vehicle, but the constant wet and rain brings leaks and flooding along with it. This is the type of problem where the maintenance is cheap and effective, while the damage caused by leaving it too long can be expensive and inconvenient.

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DIY: Battery Clean-Up

By Parkside Motors / September 30, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Batteries become corroded over time, and this build up of material on the terminals of you car battery can stop the flow of electricity and give you a headache. Here is a quick and simple home remedy that can fix it in under 5 minutes for next to nothing. Check out the slideshow here.

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Warning Lamps: Red Edition

By Parkside Motors / August 26, 2014 / Articles / No Comments

See which warning lights you most need to worry about in Warning Lamps: Red Edition. Red means bad, and with this interactive mouse-over of the most dangerous dashboard lights we will show you exactly what to do when you see them.

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Tip: How to Budget for Repairs

By Parkside Motors / July 16, 2014 / Articles, Tips / 1 Comment

According to the experts in personal finances, the best way to create a budget is to base it on past spending habits. This means that if you are trying to plan ahead and save for car maintenance, the best and most accurate way to do so is to base the amounts you use on similar expenses from the past. Here is how we help our customers budget at Parkside Motors.

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Tips: Paint Colour & Value

By Parkside Motors / June 25, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Researchers at iseecars.com just came out with some very interesting research on the depreciation of cars based on their paint colour, and the results may surprise you.

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Tips: Spring Fever

By Parkside Motors / June 5, 2014 / 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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Tips: The Best Diagnostic Tool

By Parkside Motors / April 7, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

A running car is a cacophony of sound. Most of it is soothing—tires humming, engine rumbling, tailpipes roaring. But every now and then a dissonant note creeps into the mix, and an alert driver's ears prick up. 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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