19Jan

Should I Warm-Up My Car Before Driving?

Imagine being left out in the cold all night and then asked to run a marathon - doesn't sound too good! What's the best way to treat your vehicle on a cold morning?

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12Jan

When Should I Use the Parking Brake?

By Parkside Motors / January 12, 2021 / From The Mailbag, Tips / No Comments

In this client Q&A we settle 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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29Sep

Car Alarms Part 3: Why Your Key Triggers Your Alarm

Every now and then, someone gets in touch with us because their key seems to be triggering their car's alarm system. Your key is supposed to disable the alarm, so what exactly is going on here?

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22Sep

Car Alarms Part 2: Disengaging an Alarm

This week is a follow-up to last week's article about why you might be getting false alarms. Here's how to disengage an annoying alarm that is going off at inconvenient times.

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16Jun

Should I Buy Generic Tires?

When shopping for new tires, you have the option to purchase "OE" tires or you can search for a new brand and model. Which is the best option? Find out here.

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5May

What is TPMS?

TPMS is one of the most under-rated safety features of modern cars. Not only will a functioning TPMS help keep you safe, but it will also save you money.

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28Jan

Why Do Car Seats Have Expiration Dates?

Car seats aren’t perishable food items that go "off" after a certain length of time, but there are serious reasons why car seats have expiration dates. We outline it all right here.

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17Dec

Does Road Salt Damage Our Cars?

With winter swinging into full force, 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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19Nov

Why Does My Car Battery Keep Dying?

By Parkside Motors / November 19, 2019 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

This week we're focusing on what may be causing your car's battery to die. The solution is most likely simple and quick, so click here to ensure you stay charged up.

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1Oct

Why Won’t My Car Go Past Second Gear?

By Parkside Motors / October 1, 2019 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

Q: "I am having a problem with my car's transmission. It is an automatic, but it won't seem to go past second gear, it just revs and never shifts. What is going on?" Spinning My Wheels in Victoria, BC.

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24Sep

What Causes SUV Sway?

By Parkside Motors / September 24, 2019 / From The Mailbag / 4 Comments

This week we answer the question "what causes my SUV to sway side to side while driving?" For the safety of you and your passengers, it is important to get the answer to this very common question.

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3Sep

Why Won’t My Key Turn?

This is an interesting question, and very common as well. Your vehicle is built so that the steering wheel cannot turn without the key in the ignition. This increases safety and protects you from theft.

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27Aug

Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake?

In this post we are solving the mystery of the shaking steering wheel. Click here and all will be revealed.

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13Aug

Can You Use Mismatched Tires?

If you decide to replace one or two of your tires, the best choice is to replace them with the exact same brand, style, and size that are already on the vehicle. Here's why.

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15Jul

Does Your Car Tire Have a Bubble?

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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11Jun

Choose the Right Jumper Cables

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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