2Aug

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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26Jul

Round-Up: Fuel Articles

Over the last month we have been going in-depth with a complex topic. Vehicle fuel options have many myths, misconceptions, and misguided marketing tactics that try to get you to spend more than you need at the pump. In this three part series we went through all of the details, showed you what you need […]

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19Jul

Need to Know: Octane Part 3 (Additives)

This is the third part in a multi-part series that will cover everything you need to know about your vehicle's fuel. Today we are looking at higher octane fuels, and if the additives they boast improve your engine's efficiency enough to warrant their high price.

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12Jul

Need to Know: Octane Part 2 (Performance Benefits)

This is the first in a multi-part series that will cover everything you need to know about your vehicle's fuel. Today we examine how higher octane fuel levels in a high compression engine can increase power OR increase their energy efficiency. It is all up to the manufacturer's preferences.

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6Jul

Need to Know: Octane Levels

This is the first in a multi-part series that will cover everything you need to know about your vehicle's fuel. Today we are looking at octane levels, what they mean, where they came from, and why it is important to know the correct octane level for your vehicle.

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26Apr

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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20Apr

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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5Apr

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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30Mar

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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24Feb

Need to Know: Engine Break-In Period

By Parkside Motors / February 24, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

There was a time, probably over 10 years ago, when it was important to treat your new vehicle with kid gloves for the first few thousand kilometres of use. Is it still relevant to follow this rule today? We discuss this issue in depth in this week's "Need to Know".

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19Jan

Do you need a bodyshop?

By Parkside Motors / January 19, 2016 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Do you need a body shop for that repair or would you be better off with a touch up? We give you a solid rule of thumb and links to the best places here.

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5Jan

Delica’s Serviced in Victoria

By Parkside Motors / January 5, 2016 / Services / No Comments

Do you have a Mitsubishi Delica and you need a local mechanic that is not afraid to service your import? Look no further. We love the challenge of learning about these very cool imports. Read about what we think of them and how we handle servicing a vehicle with such specific needs.

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10Dec

What causes SUV sway?

By Parkside Motors / December 10, 2015 / From The Mailbag / 4 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 "what causes my SUV to sway side to side while driving?"

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12Nov

Need to Know: Winter Tires in BC

By Parkside Motors / November 12, 2015 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

People travel the most during the holidays, but winter is the most dangerous time to be on the road. Learn a few things about winter tires and see an illustrated outline on what symbols you need to see on your winter tires to know you are safe.

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28Oct

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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11Sep

Opportunity Knocks

By Parkside Motors / September 11, 2015 / Articles / No Comments

Does your vehicle show any symptoms of a potentially serious problem, but you have been too afraid to get it checked? We think these symptoms are the sound of opportunity knocking; It might be something completely innocuous and we could have your fears eliminated in a jiffy.

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