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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Electrical Round-Up

We just finished 3 new pages covering all areas of your vehicle's electrical system. They all need regular maintenance, so we have outlined what each system does, what to look for to diagnose problems, and how we go about repairing them to get you back on the road safely.

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New Service Resources

By Parkside Motors / January 21, 2015 / Articles, News, Services / No Comments

Learn everything about how we perform our services with complete transparency. Time, expense, procedure, descriptions, FAQs, and team members all profiled here. We will build out these services pages over the next few months to help serve and educate our clients even better.

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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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Top Ten Posts of 2014

After a wonderful year of blogging about automotive care, answering customer questions, and giving tips about how to save time and money, we put together our top ten most popular posts from 2014.

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Front End Repair Round-Up

We were hard at work last month writing in-depth articles about all aspects of front end repair. We learned about what causes steering and suspension problems, the easy way to prevent driveshaft issues, and how often to change your power steering fluid to keep your car running smoothly. Take a look at this front-end article round-up and follow the links to get more information.

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Need to Know: Power Steering Fluid

By Parkside Motors / December 3, 2014 / Need To Know / No Comments

Power steering is provided on almost all cars via a hydraulic pump which assists the driver in turning the steering wheel with manageable effort. Like all fluids in your vehicle, power steering fluid wears out over time and must be replaced in order to ensure proper vehicle control and the longevity of steering components.

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Need to Know: Drive Shafts

By Parkside Motors / November 30, 2014 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Today we are giving you a little insight on problems that arise with driveshafts, axle shafts, and CV joints. The most important takeaway, though, is that these problems can be caught and repair quickly and effectively. All you need to do is be sure to bring your car in for its regularly scheduled oil change and we inspect these parts to catch any issues before they become big problems.

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Need to Know: Suspension & Steering

You know the old story of the frog in the boiling pot of water? It heats up so gradually he doesn't even notice until it is too late. That is a good analogy for steering and suspension problems. The symptoms are very gradual and they are easy to miss. That is why we take every car that comes in for an oil change out for a test drive. We notice these symptoms right away and do a front end inspection to make sure your steering and suspension systems are up to snuff.

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