28Apr

Should New Tires Be Broken In?

Usually the folks with the most questions about tires are those who just bought a new set. Here's how to make sure that new rubber treats you right.

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21Apr

Springtime Mechanical Auto Maintenance

Despite the chaos of spring 2020 (we all know what we're talking about) one thing remains constant - we need our vehicles to run reliably and efficiently. Here's the low-down on springtime mechanical auto maintenance.

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14Apr

Do I Need to Use a Fuel Additive?

While many of us are vaguely aware of the potential benefits of fuel additives, it can be confusing to figure out whether or not they are appropriate for your car, and if so which ones to use. Read more to learn which, if any, fuel additives could improve your car's performance.

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7Apr

Spring Cleaning: Vehicle Edition

By Parkside Motors / April 7, 2020 / Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

Winter is hard on your vehicle. Salt and slush attack its good looks, but these corrosive elements can also damage your vehicle’s paint, wheels, and even its suspension components. Your home benefits from a spring cleaning, and so does your vehicle.

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31Mar

Is April Too Early for Summer Tires?

There is a simple rule of thumb to take into consideration that helps you decide when you can safely change back to summer tires. Read all about it right here.

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10Mar

What is Wheel Re-Torquing?

By Parkside Motors / March 10, 2020 / Articles, News / No Comments

After a tire change or wheel rotation, it is common for the technician to recommend a "re-torquing". Here's what that is, and why it's a good idea.

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3Mar

Are Super-Bright Headlights Illegal?

Have you ever been blinded by an oncoming vehicle and questioned the legality of super-bright headlights? If so, this article is for you.

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25Feb

Exhaust Pipe Smoke Part 3: White

By Parkside Motors / February 25, 2020 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

This is the final component of the 3-part blog series on exhaust smoke diagnoses, causes, and fixes. In this post we discuss reasons behind white smoke, and how to know if it's time to call your mechanic.

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18Feb

Exhaust Pipe Smoke Part 2: Black

By Parkside Motors / February 18, 2020 / Articles, Need To Know / 13 Comments

This short blog series is going to be about the causes and remedies of blue, black, and blue smoke from your engine exhaust. Today we take a look at black smoke, what it means, and how to fix it.

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11Feb

Exhaust Pipe Smoke Part 1: Blue

By Parkside Motors / February 11, 2020 / Articles, Need To Know / 4 Comments

This 3-part blog series is going to be about the causes and remedies of blue, black, and white smoke from your engine exhaust. Today we take a look at blue smoke, what it means, and how to fix it.

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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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21Jan

Is Your Old Car Rattling?

By Parkside Motors / January 21, 2020 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

It’s hard to think of something more annoying than the unidentified rattle inside your vehicle. Here we walk you through the steps of how to identify the culprit and how to shut it up for good.

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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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3Dec

How To: Winterizing Your Car

By Parkside Motors / December 3, 2019 / Articles / No Comments

Here is a quick checklist of things you should do to get ready for winter driving. Some of them only take a few minutes and many can be done for you if you are just too busy to take care of them yourself.

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