1Aug

Don’t Blow a Gasket

The words “blown head gasket” sound like a fairly serious problem, and it is a costly one to repair, but actually detecting a faulty head gasket is usually straightforward - even for the layperson.

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25Jul

Maintenance To Try Yourself

Being inquisitive and being confident enough to try things out on your own vehicle is a sign of a true car lover and potential DIY mechanic. If you feel so inclined, here is a list of really simple maintenance procedures you can do on your own if you want to get your hards dirty and learn a bit about your vehicle.

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18Jul

7 Benefits of a Radiator Flush

No matter what kind of vehicle you own, it will benefit from having your cooling system inspected annually. A radiator is your car's cooling system. Radiators hold water and a specially designed coolant (antifreeze). As the heart of the cooling system, they keep your engine from overheating and engine block from warping, cracking, or seizing with heat.

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11Jul

Common Summer Car Problems

By Parkside Motors / July 11, 2017 / Articles, Tips / 4 Comments

Summer is heralded by sunshine, warmer weather and for many of us, the lure of the open road. Before you load up your favourite road-trip mix tapes, consider inspecting your vehicle for readiness.

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27Jun

Road Trip Checklist (Mechanic Needed)

This is the first in a two part series on summer road trips. This article is going to deal with a road trip checklist for getting your car in mechanical shape to handle a long journey, so these will (for the most part) require a mechanic. Part two is coming next week, with simple ideas to DIY your road trip checklist.

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20Jun

How To Properly Wash Your Car

If you stay on top of maintaining the exterior of your vehicle, it won’t take much to keep the paint clean, shiny, and ready to drive with pride all summer long.

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6Jun

Need to Know: Windshield Mold

The climate of B.C. is a heaven for a variety of molds. Microscopic spores are all around us, both outside and inside our homes and cars. Here are some tips on how to prevent it from forming in the first place.

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14May

Q&A: What is the TPMS in My Car?

Q: “What is this TPMS warning I am getting in my instrument cluster? What is it and what does it do?” Under-Pressure in Victoria

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7May

Q&A: Can I Buy Generic Tires?

Q: "When I was shopping for tires, I saw "OEM" tires and generic third party tires. Can I safely choose a 3rd party tire or do I need to buy original replacements?" - Confused in Vic

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3May

Q&A: Do I Need To Break In New Tires?

Q: "I just got a full set of new tires and I have a question. Do I need to go easy on them while I break them in, or can I just drive as usual right away? - New Rubber Victoria

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28Mar

Need to Know: Removing Your Car From Storage

By Parkside Motors / March 28, 2017 / Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

This is a timely follow-up to our previous article "Storing Your Car for Winter." This step by step guide will get you and your summer ride back on the road in no time.

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21Mar

What Oil Additives Do (and don’t do)

Oil additives are touted as a way to reduce your fuel consumption and combat increasing gasoline prices. We’d like to separate the truths from the wild claims that additive manufacturers make in their efforts to move their product off the store shelves and into your oil tank.

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2Mar

Spring Cleaning Checklist

By Parkside Motors / March 2, 2017 / 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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28Feb

Recovering From Winter

By Parkside Motors / February 28, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Winter takes it’s toll on every inch of your vehicle, so once you’re pretty sure winter salt, snow, temperatures are behind you, it’s time to get your vehicle ready for spring. Here are five simple things you can do yourself to bring your car back to a summer shine.

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14Feb

Need to Know: Fuel Economy Secrets

By Parkside Motors / February 14, 2017 / Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

Here are 7 tips that will help you increase your fuel economy. We guarantee you have never heard any of these before.

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7Feb

Headlights: Legality of new technology

By Parkside Motors / February 7, 2017 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

I don’t want to break your heart, but law enforcement lacks the resources to verify whether each set of questionable headlights meet local standards. Learn about what you need to know about current headlight standards here.

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