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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9Jan

Why is my car alarm going off?

By Parkside Motors / January 9, 2018 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Since your vehicle is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, keeping it secure is extremely important. Essentially 100% of cars today are equipped with an alarm of some sort, and they do a pretty good job of deterring curb-side break-ins. A car alarm that goes off unexpectedly, though, is frustrating, and quickly gets tiresome. Here are some possible causes for why your car alarm is going off, and how to fix them.

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12Dec

How bad is salt for cars?

With winter in full-force across much of the nation, salt crews have been on the go prepping roadways before, after, and during inclement winter weather. Although road salt is essential for safe winter driving, it can also lead to numerous car troubles.

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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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28Nov

Why is white smoke coming from my exhaust pipe?

By Parkside Motors / November 28, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / 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 white smoke, what causes it, and how to fix it.

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21Nov

Why is black smoke coming out of my exhaust pipe?

By Parkside Motors / November 21, 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 black smoke, what it means, and how to fix it.

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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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7Nov

Need to Know: Power Steering Problems

By Parkside Motors / November 7, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Power steering is a component of your vehicle that most drivers don’t appreciate until it’s malfunctioning. Here we look at the causes and symptoms of power steering problems.

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3Oct

Need to Know: Signs of Failing Spark Plugs

By Parkside Motors / October 3, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

A spark plug is an important part of your cars electrical system. Failing spark plugs will make your vehicle run less efficiently, impacts safety and you’ll burn through more fuel. If you’re not sure what to look for, here are some signs of failing spark plugs.

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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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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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1Aug

Don’t Blow a Gasket

The words “blown head gasket” sound like a fairly serious problem, and it is a costly one to repair, but actually detecting a faulty head gasket is usually straightforward - even for the layperson.

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25Jul

Maintenance To Try Yourself

Being inquisitive and being confident enough to try things out on your own vehicle is a sign of a true car lover and potential DIY mechanic. If you feel so inclined, here is a list of really simple maintenance procedures you can do on your own if you want to get your hards dirty and learn a bit about your vehicle.

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18Jul

7 Benefits of a Radiator Flush

No matter what kind of vehicle you own, it will benefit from having your cooling system inspected annually. A radiator is your car's cooling system. Radiators hold water and a specially designed coolant (antifreeze). As the heart of the cooling system, they keep your engine from overheating and engine block from warping, cracking, or seizing with heat.

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11Jul

Common Summer Car Problems

By Parkside Motors / July 11, 2017 / Articles, Tips / 2 Comments

Summer is heralded by sunshine, warmer weather and for many of us, the lure of the open road. Before you load up your favourite road-trip mix tapes, consider inspecting your vehicle for readiness.

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