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Ian's Auto repair, European and Domestic cars, where friends send friends

 

10% off our fall tune up service! 604-941-1611


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Welcome to I.A.R.

There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you find our sight helpful and take a moment to book your car in for service 604-941-1611

Ranked Number One in Coquitlam for Automotive service

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About us!

Experienced Mechanics

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Our mechanics are simply the best at what they do and treat you like family.  Our mechanics are happy to invite you in to see what we are working on anytime.

Dedicated Service Advisors

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Whether you're coming in for a routine inspection or a repair service, our advisors always have you and your vehicle's  best interest at heart. We  promise that you will be completely satisfied with our work.  

Our Quality Promise

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We're committed to providing a stress-free experience to both new and returning customers. We strive to ensure your vehicle is repaired professionally and quickly to get you back on the road. 

from minivans to race cars we haven't met a car we can't fix!

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services we offer

Oil Lube and Filter

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 We perform oil changes quickly and professionally with regular, semi synthetic and full synthetic oils. Castrol, Motul and Mobil 1 are some of the brands we offer. 

All work is manufacturer warranty approved  

Tires

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 Whether you want a terrific all-season tire, high performance summer tire for your sports car, or an all terrain  tire for  your truck or 4x4 we carry all brands, and will balance and install them for you.

Insurance deductibles are about the same price as new tires. Stop sooner and be safe!

Tune ups

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Keeping your investment running right not only saves you money but increases the resale value of your car. 

 The Environmental Protection Agency states that regular engine tune-ups—especially in regard to spark plugs—can increase fuel economy by up to 20% and will also reduce air pollution.   

Cabin Air Filter

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 What is a cabin air filter?

The primary purpose of cabin air filters is keeping the air inside your vehicle’s cabin clean.

 Its job is to filter all of the air that comes through the car’s HVAC system to prevent pollutants, such as dust, pollen, smog and mold spores from entering. The filters can also catch rodent droppings, leaves and other unwanted debris. They are usually replaced every year or when manufacturers specify.

Pressure Test and Radiator Flush

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    Radiator Flush 

Keep your car running cool by maintaining your coolant system and having your radiator hoses checked regularly.   

 A flush can help your car's cooling system operate more effectively by removing all of the old anti-freeze, rust and scale from your cooling system .The additives and anti- corrosive properties in the new coolant will help lubricate the vehicle's water pump, (old antifreeze eventually turns acidic and will not lubricate as well, possibly resulting in seal and bearing failures).

We will perform a complete inspection of your cooling system before we do a radiator flush including pressure tests to check for leaks in the system. 

  1. https://www.carid.com/articles/antifreeze-explained.html

Transmission Fluid Change or Flush?

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    Transmission Fluid Flush

The rule of thumb is approximately every 50,000 Km - but this depends on the model and make of your car. Some manufacturers recommend changing it more often and some are “lifetime” fluids. We can check your owner’s manual  for specific information on the particular make and model's recommended maintenance schedule. If your car has higher mileage, over 150,000 Km, we recommend going to a transmission shop for further care. Flushes are inexpensive, transmissions are not !!!  

Check out this video.  It's very informative !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o690DovjDAc&feature=youtu.be

More stuff we do!

Batteries

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We carry a wide range of charged batteries ready to go. Typically car batteries last approximately 7 years in  warmer climates like Vancouver. We can load test your battery and clean your terminals to ensure you won't end up on the end of tow truck!

Flat Repairs

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If you have a flat, we will find the source of the leak and either repair it or replace the tire if the damage is too severe. 

Pre Purchase Inspections

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Our technicians will give your vehicle a thorough inspection to determine its cosmetic, mechanical and safety condition. We will pinpoint any existing conditions and highlight potential issues that could arise in the future. A complete inspection will typically take an hour and we will provide you with a detailed report to help you decide if the vehicle is the right one for you!    

BC Z registry Z Club

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Ian is the go to guy for Datsuns on the West Coast, he has been restoring and modifying Datsuns for 30 Years! I.A.R.  hosts the BC Registry Datsun Club meetings at the shop.  Click here to see some of the best Datsuns in the country  http://www.bczregistry.com/#

Air Conditioning

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Let us get your A/C working to keep you cool in the summer and defrosted properly in the Winter!

Flywheel machining

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We can machine flywheels and rotors for wholesale clients as well, ask us for details. 

Technical files BRAKES & suspension

bmw brakes coquitlam

 

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Caliper
Most common symptoms of a bad or failing caliper is brake fluid leakage. which often results in :

Reduced Braking Power. 

Abnormal Sounds When Braking

Vehicle Pulling.

Brakes Always Feel Engaged While Driving.
 


You may be wondering what brake calipers are! 

 Brake calipers house the brake pads and, using brackets, pistons and caliper slide pins, help push the pads into the brake rotors when you apply the brakes.

Over time, the slide pins lose their lubrication and don’t slide the calipers so well.  This lack of lubrication causes a few things to happen. 

 First, because the brakes don’t contact the rotor properly, your brake pads can wear unevenly.  


Second, the slide pins may stick, causing the brake pad to continually contact the rotor, resulting in a buildup of heat, which wears your brake pads down faster.  

Third, your brake’s stopping power may be weak due to the brake pads not hitting the full surface of the brake rotor.  

While there is a rubber cover protecting the slide pins, they experience brake dust and rust buildup, which hinders the calipers from sliding properly.

Servicing your brake caliper system 

We will inspect, clean and lubricate the slide pins thereby removing any dirty grease or debris and inspect for rust and refinish if required. 

 We then apply a heat-resistant lubricant on the pin and slide it back in, which should easily slide in order for your brakes to work properly. 

This process takes a little under an hour, and we will  inspect and measure your vehicle’s disks pads or drum brakes, too, while we’re at it.

If you don’t know when your brake calipers were serviced last, it’s not possible for us to know if they need to be serviced without taking apart the brakes, and, in that case, since the brakes are already apart, we suggest that we go ahead and clean your slide pins.  

From that point on, you should have your calipers serviced on a set schedule.



Typically a brake service costs $80-$130 per axle if no parts are replaced. please ask us for more info 604-941-1611

 How do you know if your brake rear drums require service? 

 
You may encounter unusual brake pedal feel

Scraping noises when brakes are pressed

Loose parking brake.


What our service includes

Clean brake assembly & components
Inspect the brake linings on the outside of the backing plate to make sure they are not cracked or glazed over.
Inspect the hydraulic wheel cylinder to ensure  that they are not leaking hydraulic fluid. 

Ensure that all moving parts are free of rust, (sandblast).

Measure the drum to  ensure it meets the manufacturer's specfications.

 If the diameter is less than the maximum specification, the drum can be machined by our service technician. If not, it must be replaced.

Measure the brake lining to ensure that it is greater than  the minimum thickness specification from the manufacturer.  If it isn't, the lining must be replaced.

Examine the brake shoes to see if they are worn down  below manufacturers specifications, and if so they must be replaced.

Brake return springs are examined to ensure they retract the wheel cylinder pistons, they also allow the brake shoe’s self-adjusters to work correctly. 


 

Suspension & Shocks

  https://youtu.be/j0vhTg82Pz0

click here to see how your suspension works !

This  video shows a worn shock vs a new shock, which causes the car to bounce. Shocks are an important competent of the suspension because the shock keeps the vehicle on the ground. So instead of bouncing like a basketball on the pavement, it holds it down to the ground, minimizing the time that it bounces off the ground. If the car is bouncing too much, you lose control of steering, braking, and accelerating. So, it's important to keep all that working properly.

SUSPENSION INSPECTION

Whether you come to IAR  for an oil change or another routine service, or you feel like your car is a little too bouncy, we will check your suspension to make sure everything is looking good.

The Parts of The Steering & Suspension SystemBall JointsBushingsSway Bar LinksCenter LinksIdler Arms/Pitman ArmsRack and Pinion UnitsTie Rod Ends/SleevesCV Joints/BootsCV Axle Half ShaftsShock AbsorbersStruts/Cartridges

If you suspect that something might be wrong with your suspension, if it is hard to make turns, brake, accelerate, or if you feel like your car is bumpy, contact us at Ian's Automotive today. We will make sure your vehicle is as safe as possible and make any repairs or replacement necessary to get you back out on the road.

Steering

Click here to see how your cars steering and suspension work together.  

 https://youtu.be/4_mSA8GnyfU

 Call today to have your cars suspension and steering checked  by our qualified mechanicians 604-941-1611

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typical car suspension and steering

Additional Information

There are many components that make your car safe, so please ensure that we check your car semi annually to ensure its in optimal condition.

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I.A.R

2760 Aberdeen Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 1B9, CA

(604) 941-1611

Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed