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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19Aug

Need to Know: 4×4 Service

The 4×4 system includes differentials and sometimes a transfer case, which all generate power to the wheels. These parts are under a lot of stress and occasionally need a service to flush their lubricant and to save a more expensive repair down the line. Learn all about how we do it at Parkside Motors, right here.

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26Jul

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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12Jul

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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9Jul

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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16Jun

Need to Know: Alternators

It is a diagnosis we have to make very frequently. A client phones with a story so common we recognize it immediately. Click through to read a breakdown of exactly what happens as your alternator fails and exactly what to do to get a clean bill of health again.

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28May

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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6May

Pre Purchase Inspections

The best money you can ever spend is on a Pre-Purchase Inspection of your next vehicle. When you buy a new home your purchase conditional on the home inspection, and for vehicles you should do exactly the same thing. Here is what we do and how we do it, in this week's "Need to Know."

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22Apr

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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