14Jan

How Defrosters Work, and Why Yours Don’t

By Parkside Motors / January 14, 2020 / Need To Know / No Comments

A defroster is a part of your car that you may not think about every day, but you sure notice whether it’s working or not, come those cold winter days when you need to get rid of ice on your windshield. Let's look at how they work and what can go wrong (at the worst possible time).

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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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10Dec

Winter Hack: Natural Windshield Defroster

By Parkside Motors / December 10, 2019 / 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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26Nov

Types of Wiper Blades

By Parkside Motors / November 26, 2019 / Need To Know / No Comments

A vital part in cockpit visibility is your wiper blades. Click here to read about the different types, what they are good for, how to pick the right blades, and how to replace them.

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5Nov

Winter Tires in BC

By Parkside Motors / November 5, 2019 / 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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22Oct

Signs of Failing Spark Plugs

By Parkside Motors / October 22, 2019 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Failing spark plugs will make your vehicle run less efficiently and impacts safety. Here are some signs to help you diagnose failing spark plugs.

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8Oct

Why You Blew a Gasket

By Parkside Motors / October 8, 2019 / 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 are a number of causes for a blown head gasket.

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17Sep

Removing Oil Spills from your Driveway

By Parkside Motors / September 17, 2019 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

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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10Sep

Essential Gadgets for Your Auto Toolkit

By Parkside Motors / September 10, 2019 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

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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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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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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6Aug

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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30Jul

Need to Know: Octane Part 2 (Performance Benefits)

This is the second part 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.

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23Jul

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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9Jul

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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18Jun

When to Use Low Gears in an Automatic

It might seem counterintuitive, but sometimes you need to manually shift your automatic vehicle. Here are some prime examples of when you should take control.

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