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Services

Brakes

With obvious reasons, the brake system plays a vital role in your vehicle operation. For a typical vehicle, the average life for front brakes is about 30,000 km’s and for the rears about double that. A complete brake inspection should be performed twice a year for the following: road test for squealing, grinding and pulsation; lining wear; mounting hardware; drums and rotors; hydraulic system and the emergency brake system. Any time unusual noises are heard such as squealing, grabbing of the brakes or a spongy pedal, immediate attention is required. By reacting quickly as these symptoms occur can save you…

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Cooling System Service

The purpose of the cooling system is to cool the engine and control it at a certain temperature for maximum efficiency without overheating. It also provides you with heat during the winter months. Main components related to the cooling system is: the water pump; radiator; radiator cap; heater core; thermostat; hoses; belts; cooling fan and coolant. They all play a major role in how your cooling system operates and should be checked regularly. By neglecting to repair any of the main components as they wear or malfunction can result in overheating and severe engine damage. Inspection of the complete system…

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CV Axle Boots

What transmit the energy from the engine/transmission to your wheels are two axles. At both ends of each axle are rubber covers called CV (constant velocity) boots that protects the CV joints against water and dirt while keeping the special grease in. Over time these boots can be punctured by a stone thrown from another car or crack due to age. They eventually split causing all the grease to spin out, therefore allowing dirt and water to penetrate the joints. Theoretically, this will destroy any exposed CV joint in a very short period. The most common complaint for a bad…

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Differential

Although servicing these items is not as common, it’s not to be forgotten. Differentials are not exposed to the extreme temperatures as the engine or transmission. However, servicing these units every 100,000 km’s would be a good rule of thumb. Servicing is basically draining and refilling with new fluid.

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Electrical Systems

A good electrical system plays an important role in your vehicle. Starting off with the battery, it’s the initial source of power. As you turn the key, electrical current is transferred to you starter allowing it to turn your engine over. During this process, the ignition and fuel system is working simultaneously to start your engine. Once your engine is running, your alternator takes over and recharges the battery and supplies electrical energy to your radio, lights, ignition etc. Failure of any one of these electrical components could result in your vehicle not starting or worse, the vehicle stalling in…

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Exhaust System

A periodic check of the exhaust system makes good sense as your exhaust muffler/pipes are subject to water and road salt causing rust. The give away here is when your engine is getting louder and sounding more like a truck than a car. Often it’s the muffler rusting out as it is located at the back of the car where the temperature of the exhaust is the coolest. Moisture collects there and does not evaporate fast enough. During an inspection the connecting pipes, converter and resonator should also be checked and replaced if it is equally rusty. By driving with…

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Front End

Any time you have a feeling of control loss in your steering wheel such as: hard steering; looseness; shimmying; uneven tire wear or even weird noises from your front end area, have it checked. Your front end consists of many different linkages and joints of different nature and sizes. By regularly changing the oil in your engine, these parts may have grease fittings for grease, which is part of the lubrication process. It should also be a part of any courtesy inspection. Any excessive play or looseness found on any component should be replaced immediately and aligned if necessary. They…

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Fuel Injection Service

Most pre 90’s vehicles had a carburetor. Today, computer controlled fuel injection is the choice of fuel management for the best emissions, best response and drive ability. This system consists of many different sensors, a throttle body, fuel injector(s), fuel pump and a computer. Under various driving conditions and over a period of time, gasoline leaves gum, varnish and carbon on some of these components so it’s important to service and clean them regularly. A good rule of thumb is every 2 years for an average driver or about 30-40,000 km’s. This service should include cleaning the throttle body, idle…

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Hybrid & EV

Voltec  is the first Level 2 Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle charging station in Squamish. Newport Auto Inc offer this service for free; it costs less than $2.50 to charge most EV batteries.   This is a Nissan Leaf, Electric Vehicle charging using a Voltec, the first Level 2 Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle charging station in Squamish. The driver came to Newport Auto after driving about 150 KM and was back on the highway after 45 minutes of charging. He found Newport Auto through our listing on wwwplugshare.com using his in car GPS.

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Improved Headlights

Do you have old headlights that seem to barely light the road? If you want to improve your visibility at night then talk to us about headlight polishing.  

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Lube Oil and Filter

If you don’t do anything else to your car, at least do a regular lube, oil and filter change. This service should be performed every 5 – 6,000 Kilometers or 4 months whichever occurs first. Oil cleans, lubricates and cools the engine. It is exposed to combustion pressures, unburned fuel, carbon and extreme temperatures so the minute it is poured into the engine, its additives begin to deteriorate. The oil is pumped through the filter where the dirt is trapped. For this reason the filter must also be changed when the oil is changed. Lubrication basically means lubricating the front…

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Maintenance & Repair

GET ROAD TRIP READY Summer is for adventures and your car will take you there, so make sure it’s safe and ready to hit the road with our complete pre-trip check up! The full inspection includes: Fluid levels check Brake check Battery strength test Steering and suspension components check Wipers and wash sprayer check Lights operation check A/C operational check Tire pressure & condition check Book Now -OR- Give us a Call

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Suspension

The suspension system is what supports the weight of the car body against the frame. The springs determine the vehicle height and the shocks absorbs the impact from different road conditions allowing you full control while preventing your vehicle from bouncing all over the road. Springs often last the life of the vehicle, however the shocks should be regularly checked for leaks. Weak or leaking shock absorbers will lose its ability to dampen the various road conditions resulting in your car feeling bouncy or even clunking in big potholes. Like your front end, this should be a part of any…

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Timing Belt

A timing belt is a rubber belt that connects the bottom of the engine to the top. Its job is to keep the engine synchronized allowing for proper timing of the piston and valve position so your fuel can be ignited at precisely the right time. Most vehicle manufactures recommend that you replace the timing belt between 80 – 100,000 km. It’s behind the timing cover so inspection usually requires removal of that cover. However, when you have the cover off for inspection, you may as well replace it, as the job is half done. Neglecting to replace the timing…

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Tires

The next time you complain about poor gas mileage, start by checking your tire pressures. A semi flat tire(s) causes excessive drag on your car that slows you down, so, to go the same distance your throttle is opened more, therefore using more fuel. It’s as simples as that. A tire pressure gauge is a good investment for a few dollars and checking your tire pressures regularly makes good sense, not to mention that for safety reasons too. A car with low tire pressures will actually cause the vehicle to pull and sway that could result in loss of control.…

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Transfer Case

Although servicing these items is not as common, it’s not to be forgotten. Transfer cases are not exposed to the extreme temperatures as the engine or transmission. However, servicing these units every 100,000 km’s would be a good rule of thumb. Servicing is basically draining and refilling with new fluid.

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Transmission Service

With the price of a rebuilt transmission these days at $2000 plus, it’s increasingly important to maintain this piece of machinery more than ever before. What is involved in a transmission service, is a road test; replacing the gasket; filter; fluid and making the necessary band adjustments if adjustable. A good rule of thumb for this service is every 2-3 years or 40 – 50,000 km’s whichever comes first would be sufficient for normal driving conditions. Under heavy-duty conditions, such as towing, perhaps once a year or 20,000 km’s as a transmission operates under extreme temperatures. It’s cheap insurance against…

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Tune Ups

Sometimes customers ask for a tune up thinking it’s the answer to an engine running problems. Although a lot of engine running conditions are cured by a tune up, it is not a guarantee “fix all”. It is however, a great place to start as your tune up related parts are exposed to wear and contaminating conditions, therefore, they must be in good working order before looking for additional problems. In the old days, a tune up used to be done at least once a year because the points wear out and the timing would automatically require adjustment after they…

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Warranties

Standard  1 year warranty or 20,000 kilometers whichever comes first on all parts and labour. Extended warranty is available on certain items and we often extend the standard warranty based on customer service. Just ask for details. Tire Up to 5 years manufacturers warranty on all passenger & some light truck tires. Please ask for details as different tire manufactures do differ. Battery Up to the first two years of free replacement which includes a pro-rated warranty for the remainder of the advertised months.  Roadside assistance is available, just ask for more information. New Vehicle  Warranty Service Notice to Consumers revised

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