Dales Auto Service – Surrey, Langley, Cloverdale, Aldergrove , Lower Mainland, Valley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Burnaby Auto Service 604-530-9160 http://dalesauto.ca Car, Light Truck, SUV and Fleet Vehicle Auto Service and Repair Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/dalesauto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-1376450_609340152509288_4994407198517854798_n.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Dales Auto Service – Surrey, Langley, Cloverdale, Aldergrove , Lower Mainland, Valley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Burnaby Auto Service 604-530-9160 http://dalesauto.ca 32 32 75602595 20078 Chev 2500HD in for Cognito Upper Control Arms at Dales Auto Service http://dalesauto.ca/20078-chev-2500hd-in-for-cognito-upper-control-arms-at-dales-auto-service/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:00:07 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7689  

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Cognito Boxed Upper Control Arm kit

These boxed upper control arms are the perfect upgrade for your truck. The boxed design makes them extremely sturdy which makes them great for towing and offroad use. The sealed balljoint is stronger than factory and is designed to withstand harsh environments and road conditions. You can add this kit to your stock or lifted truck to assist in leveling, help with alignment issues, and to gain more droop travel.

 •  Boxed sheet metal design

   •  Bolt in style ball joint for easy replacement

   •  Greasable joints

   •  replacement ball joints available at most parts stores

   •  Increases droop travel by 20%

   •  Sealed unit holds up better in harsh climates

   •  Must use applicable Cognito shocks to limit droop travel. Otherwise damage to the control arm, cv axle, and other parts may occur

Most commonly used for:  

   •  Offroad

   •  Towing

   •  Daily Driving


Dales Auto Service is a Cognito Motorsports dealer

Contact Dales Auto Service 604-530-9160 or sales@dalesauto.ca


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2016 GMC 3500 in for a Cognito Stage 4 lift/Fox 2.0 shocks at Dales Auto Service http://dalesauto.ca/2016-gmc-3500-in-for-a-cognito-stage-4-liftfox-2-0-shocks-at-dales-auto-service/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:57:18 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7669 Click to view slideshow.

2016 GMC Denali 3500 in for a Cognito Stage 4 lift with Fox 2.0 shocks.
We will dial in the ride height when we perform the alignment.

Dales Auto Service is a Cognito Supension dealer, contact us sales@dalesauto.ca or call 604-530-9160 for your inquiries.


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Toyota Tacoma ARB bumper and Toytec BOSS suspension kit are now installed at Dales Auto Service http://dalesauto.ca/toyota-tacoma-arb-bumper-and-toytec-boss-suspension-kit-are-now-installed-at-dales-auto-service/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:55:29 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7655 Click to view slideshow.

Toyota Tacoma ARB bumper and Toytec BOSS suspension kit are now installed. BF Goodrich AT KO2 wrapped around Landcruiser wheels.
Wheel alignment has to be performed then off to the owner.

Dales Auto Service is a dealer for Toytec and many other great brands.

Contact us anytime sales@dalesauto.ca or call 604-530-9160 for inquiries.

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Hit a Curb? no worries Dales Auto Service will take care of you. http://dalesauto.ca/hit-a-curb-no-worries-dales-auto-service-will-take-care-of-you-2/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:38:09 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7652 Click to view slideshow.


Its that time of year where the roads are wet and icy and a curb or pothole will ruin your day no matter how prepared you are for the conditions.

If you find yourself on the side of the road with a damaged tire or suspension after hitting a curb or deep pothole give Dales Auto Service a call. We can help make arrangements to have the vehicle picked by a tow truck and get you into a rental car if this is an option you choose. We can then have the vehicle assessed and an estimate for the repairs will be provided to you.

The decision many people have to make is “do I fix the repairs out of pocket or do I have my insurance cover the damages?”. This is a very good question to ask and we can help guide you in the right direction.

Dales Auto Service understands that an experience like this is very stressful so let us take care of the problem so you do not have to.


Please Drive Safe during Winter Road Conditions http://dalesauto.ca/please-drive-safe-during-winter-road-conditions/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:58:15 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7633 drivingconditions

Through out the year Dales Auto Service technicians work on vehicles where road conditions played a key factor in why we are working on them. These incidents rise when the roads get wet and icy or when the temps are at their extremes cold or very hot weather and the vehicle has not been prepared properly for these conditions.

In the winter we see many batteries start to fail or vehicles getting towed in because the suspension has been damaged from hitting a curb. Many of these instances could have been decreased or simply eliminated by having correct tires or having your service facility check your vehicles charging system.

Here are some tips for winter driving condition:

Driving in winter conditions can put you at even greater risk. Ask yourself if the trip can be delayed perhaps by just 24 hours. If you must go, make sure that you work through these seven steps:

  1. Check the current road conditions and weather forecast. Listen to the radio, watch TV and visit DriveBC.ca. Again, ask yourself – is it safe to go?
  2. Plan your route ahead of time. Avoid any roads that may become dangerous during bad weather. Respect road closure signs and barriers and do not attempt to drive on these routes until they are re-opened.
  3. Leave lots of time so you’re not rushing. Try to travel during daylight and consider delaying your trip if the weather is bad. Let someone know your route and planned arrival time.
  4. Learn winter road skills. If you are unfamiliar with driving in snow and icy conditions and your job requires you to be behind the wheel, ask your employer for winter driving training. Through training and practice, learn how to brake safely, how to get out of a skid, and how your car handles in winter weather.
  5. Keep at least four seconds distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will allow plenty of room in situations where you may need to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
  6. Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement while driving.Bring warm clothing (winter boots, coat, gloves and hat) with you in case you need to get out of your vehicle.
  7. Have an emergency plan. If you get stuck or stranded, don’t panic. Stay with your vehicle for safety and warmth. If you have a cell phone and it is an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, call for roadside assistance.

If you have the unfortunate experience in hitting a curb or pothole this season Dale Auto Service can assess the suspension damage and repair the issue.

Dales Auto Service can also do accredited ICBC insurance repairs.


Preparing you car for road conditions:


1. Prepare your car for winter driving according to the worst weather you can expect in your area. Winter weather will find the overlooked weakness if your preparation is incomplete.

2. Check your anti-freeze. Coolant systems that are not in the right proportion will lead to overheating due to freezing. Have the car’s coolant system flushed in the fall before the first freeze. You also need to check the system for leaks and install fresh coolant.

3. If you have a garage, use it for sheltering your car. Protect your paint job, guard against ice on the windshield (see tips), and guard against the fluids and/or water in your radiator from freezing. And, yes, there is such a thing as “gas line freeze”. Condensation builds up in the gas line and gas tank, and freezes. (You may want to inquire with an auto parts store about a head bolt heater.)

  • If you do not have shelter for your car, invest in a car cover. Try to find one that is reversible – with one side a very bright color such as orange, yellow and in neon shades. A car cover will not save you from freezing fluids, but it will keep snow and ice off the windshield and your paint, and help protect your car from salts that might be used on the streets in your community.

4. Confirm that your heater system works correctly and the core doesn’t leak, the blower works and the window defroster is operating.

5. Inspect the windshield wipers and replace them if they are worn or have become hardened. Change the windshield wiper fluid with one that has antifreeze added to it.

6. Examine the car’s electrical system, particularly the battery and charging arrangement. The cold weather puts unusual demands on the charging system.

7. Maintain fluids regularly.

  • An older car in an area that has temperatures that fall below freezing often uses 30-weight single viscosity oil. You need to go to a lower viscosity oil, like a 10-weight, when the temperature falls below zero and stays there.
  • This also applies to your automatic transmission fluid. Higher weight oils and transmission fluids do not lubricate sufficiently in colder weather. Newer automobiles use multi-viscosity oil such as 10 and 30 weights. This eliminates the need to change type of oil.

8. Expect to have “square tires” after you have had the car sitting for a while. (Like overnight.) The warm air in your tires rises. As it cools the bottom of the tire goes “flat”. This will resolve itself once you begin to drive and the air starts to circulate again. But start off slowly. Consult with a tire retailer about snow tires and chains.

  • Ensure traction so you know you are safe when driving on icy roads. Check your vehicle’s tire treads. Replace any tires that do not have sufficient tread. Snow tires may also be a good investment.


Contact Dales Auto Service for all your vehicles servicing and repairs from car batteries to new snow or all-season tires.

sales@dalesauto.ca or 604-530-9160

Toyota Tacoma in for adj. SPC Upper Control Arms and an Alignment at Dales Auto Service http://dalesauto.ca/toyota-tacoma-in-for-adj-spc-upper-control-arms-and-an-alignment/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:29:05 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7621 Click to view slideshow.

SPC Upper Control Arms


*ADJUSTABLE CONTROL ARMS* These fully adjustable Upper Control Arms transform your classic Mopar from sluggish, non-responsive handling to high performance FUN! Dial in additional positive caster, adjust your camber, and enjoy the feel of up to 6 degrees adjustment! Arms include stock ball joints. Sold as individual arms. Ball joint are often included (check Item Notes for specifis).

*TUBULAR CONTROL ARMS* These arms lower your front end by 1″ and add 1° positive caster for an aggressive, ready-to-run stance. Optional Ride Height Tuning Kits are available for use with our Pro Series Springs or ‘standard type’ springs to raise the ride height if desired. If you have coilovers use our Coilover Mount and Spacer Plate.

*CAMBER ARM* For specific vehicles this tubular style arm is great when lowering this popular vehicle, or for correcting rear camber on stock vehicles.

*CLEARANCE ARMS* These extreme lower control arms are for Performance Vehicles. Made from aircraft aluminum alloy, these arms are available in a silver, blur or red finish. When teamed up with front and rear camber arms SPC Performance provides you with a complete alignment solution when lowering your car.

*LOWER CONTROL ARM* These arms fit for your ride, giving you a range of camber change. Great for popular tuner vehicles, these machined parts are in a stand-out silver anodized finished with SPC “Red” nuts.


Dales Auto Service  is an SPC Performance Parts dealer.

Contact us at 604-530-9160 or sales@dalesauto.ca

Dodge Ram 3500 getting new rims/tires and fender flares at Dales Auto Service http://dalesauto.ca/dodge-ram-3500-getting-new-rimstires-and-fender-flares-at-dales-auto-service/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:02:11 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7556 Click to view slideshow.


Dales Auto Service for all of your car, truck and SUV modifications

Contact us 604-530-9160 or sales@dalesauto.ca


JDM WRX in for ST Coilovers at Dales Auto Service http://dalesauto.ca/jdm-wrx-in-for-st-coilovers-at-dales-auto-service/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:38:28 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7543 Click to view slideshow.

JDM Impreza in for ST coilovers and a suspension set-up and alignment.



Need to get low? ST coilovers feature a continuous thread construction for height adjustment from moderate to eXtreme! Each coilover is manufactured by KW automotive’s expertise and capabilities ensures maximum quality and fantastic driving dynamics.

Once installed, the ST X coilover can easily be adjusted using a polyamide ring on the galvanized, multiple-sealed strut. Adjustment is different for each car, but typically you can expect between 35 and 65mm of lowering on both the front and rear axles. For lowered cars as standard (such as the BMW E9x 3-series) the ST X coilover features a range of 30 to 60mm (front axle) and 25-55mm (rear axle).

Improved driving dynamics and handling

Designed in conjunction with KW Germany, ST X coilovers deliver a sporty handling by reducing the car’s bodyroll during compression as well as improving agility when driving fast. The high quality production of each ST X coilover includes a low-friction and pressure resistant housing alongside a chrome-plated piston rod for maximum longevity. A mono block guide and ST seal package ensures the twin-tube dampers remain free of dirt particles in all weather conditions.

Lowering with Style: the ST X coilovers

  • Individual lowering within the TÜV-tested adjustment range
  • Front and rear axle thread adjustment (when possible)
  • Galvanized coilover struts with additional coating for optimized corrosion protection
  • Complete solution with adjustable spring plate, race spring system and bumpers with dust protection
  • Powerful twin-tube dampers with high-quality components for maximum longevity


Dales Auto Service is an ST Suspension dealer.

Contact us 604-530-9160 or sales@dalesauto.ca for pricing and availability.

Dales Auto Service Can Repair Vehicles that have “Death Wobble” http://dalesauto.ca/dales-auto-service-can-repair-vehicles-that-have-death-wobble/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:43:40 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=5113  

What is “Death Wobble”?

First of all you have to understand the dynamics involved before you can fix this issue.

“Death wobble”

Is a phrase used to describe a quick oscillation of primarily just the steerable wheel(s) of a vehicle. Initially, the rest of the vehicle remains mostly unaffected, until translated into a vehicle yaw oscillation of increasing amplitude producing loss of control. Vehicles that can experience this oscillation include motorcycles and bicycles, skateboards, and in theory any vehicle with a single steering pivot point and a sufficient amount of freedom of the steered wheel, including that which exists on some light aircraft with tricycle gear where instability can occur at speeds of less than 50 mph; this does not include most automobiles. However, coil-sprung vehicles with a track bar setup such as the Dodge Ram 25/3500 pick-ups, Jeep WJ, XJ, ZJ, TJ, and JK with both stock and after-market suspension lifts may also have this problem. The initial instability occurs mostly at high speed and is similar to that experienced by shopping cart wheels and aircraft landing gear.



“Caster Flutter”

One major disadvantage of casters is flutter. A common example of caster flutter is on a supermarket shopping cart, when one caster rapidly swings side-to-side. This oscillation, which is also known as shimmy, occurs naturally at certain speeds, and is similar to speed wobble that occurs in other wheeled vehicles. The speed at which caster flutter occurs is based on the weight borne by the caster and the distance between the wheel axle and steering axis. This distance is known as trailing distance, and increasing this distance can eliminate flutter at moderate speeds. Generally, flutter occurs at high speeds.

What makes flutter dangerous is that it can cause a vehicle to suddenly move in an unwanted direction. Flutter occurs when the caster is not in full contact with the ground and therefore its orientation is uncontrollable. As the caster regains full contact with the ground, it can be in any orientation. This can cause the vehicle to suddenly move in the direction that the caster is pointed. At slower speeds, the caster’s ability to swivel can correct the direction and can continue travel in the desired direction. But at high speeds this can be dangerous as the wheel may not be able to swivel quickly enough and the vehicle may lurch in any direction.

Electric and racing wheelchair designers are very concerned with flutter because the chair must be safe for riders. Increasing trailing distance can increase stability at higher speeds for wheelchair racing, but may create flutter at lower speeds for everyday use. Unfortunately, the more trail the caster has, the more space the caster requires to swivel. Therefore, in order to accommodate this extra swivel space, lengthening of frame or extending the footrests may be required. This tends to make the chair more cumbersome.

Caster flutter can be controlled by adding dampers or increasing the friction of the swivel joints.[2] This can be accomplished by adding washers to the swivel joint. The friction increases as the weight on the front of the chair increases. Anytime the caster begins to flutter, it slows the chair and shifts weight to the front wheels. There are several online anti-flutter kits for retrofitting wheelchair casters in this manner. Other methods of reducing caster flutter include increasing swivel lead, using heavier grease, reducing the mass of the wheel, or increasing friction with the ground by changing materials.


This is a very common issues that are very common to a few automotive brands out there. The two most common are Dodge 2500/3500 trucks and Jeep Jeep WJ, XJ, ZJ, TJ, and JK. These vehicles have very similar suspension systems that tend to be more prone to this condition. Even in stock trim(tires, suspension) the “death wobble” symptoms can happen, now if you add larger tires and suspension modifications to the mix the chances of death wobble happening increases.

Dales Auto Service has seen many different scenarios that will cause this and it is not only one or two things that bring the symptoms to light. It can be something as simple as the front tires being out of balance or to high air pressure coupled to a worn steering damper. We have a process in place to diagnose the issues and to repair at a cost effective rate. We see many manufacturers offer their “fix” to the problem and many times their part will help but 9/10 it is a combination of parts, wheel alignment etc. that will correct the issue.

If you have had the dreaded “death wobble” experience and you do not feel confident driving your vehicle please call Dales Auto Service anytime, 7 days a week. We will fix the problem and bring your confidence back in driving your vehicle.

Dales Auto Service



2015 GMC Denali in for TRUXXX Level-off Kit and new Rims/Tires at Dales Auto Service http://dalesauto.ca/2015-gmc-denali-in-for-truxxx-level-off-kit-and-new-rimstires-at-dales-auto-service/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:48:05 +0000 http://dalesauto.ca/?p=7486 Click to view slideshow.

TRUXXX Level off kits

This Truxxx 1.5″-2.5″ front level kit fits any of the above list of torsion bar suspended 2wd/4wd pickups. All Truxxx level kits are a direct bolt in requiring no special shop tools (besides the basic hand tools, all you need is a very common C clamp style puller) and no modifications to your vehicle. All Truxxx level kits are designed to retain the stock ride quality of your truck and require the use of stock length shocks. We include shock brackets to keep the optimum geometry and relationship between factory design and increased ride height. Aftermarket longer shocks are NOT required front or rear.

All Truxxx torsion key kits provide up to 2.5” more front wheel travel plus this kit will increase ground clearance over traditional bracket type lift kits even without the use of larger wheels and tires for those interested in getting the most out of there truck for recreational or construction use. Every Truxxx level kit is made using USA and Canadain Mill Certified Steel and laser cut to precision tolerances using OEM drawings. We powder coat every part to make sure the finish lasts as long as your truck does! This Truxxx 405040 1.5″-2.5” leveling kit contains 2 front torsion keys, 2 shock brackets, all hardware needed, detailed instructions and complete updated alignment specs. Recommended installation time is approx 2 hours + alignment and a 33” tall tire is commonly used on a stock style offset wheel.


Dales Auto Service is a premier dealer for TRUXXX.

Contact us 604-530-9160 or sales@dalesauto.ca for inquiries.