Subaru Car Repair Salt Lake City: Subaru Timing Belt Replacement

Could Your Subaru Need a Timing Belt Replacement?

Need Subaru car repair in Salt Lake City? You are driving for a while and the car just “shuts off”. The lights on your instrument panel come on, but your engine just “turns over” and does not start. If your Subaru has 80,000 miles, 90,000 miles or more, the cause of your breakdown could very well be your timing belt has broken. Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, explains in this Subaru car repair video a common Subaru car repair-timing belt replacement.

Subaru Timing belts are crucial to the proper functioning of engines that use cams to operate cylinder valves.

  • Subaru’s overhead cam engine was introduced in the late 1980’s, and is still used today. These engines proved much quieter, replacing Subaru’s earlier push-rod engines-they used a chain and sprockets to rotate the camshaft.
  • These new overhead cam engines were operated through a timing belt. As opposed to anoisy chain, these timing belts were made of reinforced rubber, with fiberglass strands for strength and resistance to stretching.
  • Although much quieter than a chain and sprockets, the timing belt needs to changed periodically.
  • The timing belt should be changed every 90,000-105,000 miles, according to Subaru’s maintenance schedule.

Subaru Timing Belts:

  • Turn the engine’s camshaft, which helps open and close the cylinder valves. These valves bring air and fuel into the cylinder heads, and move exhaust gases out.
  • Also drive the water pump.
  • Do not require lubrication, compared to timing chains and gears.
  • While quieter, less expensive, and more efficient, need to be replaced more often.
  • Break more easily than gears and chains.
  • Need to be replaced BEFORE they break.
  • When broken, can damage your engine, and may cause your engine to suddenly stop running without warning.

GT Automotive has certified Subaru mechanics to service and repair your Subaru vehicle.

GT Automotive also has certified technicians specializing in Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Audi and VW. We also service and repair all domestic and import model cars and trucks. Complete auto repair services from engine overhauls and rebuilds to clutches, brakes, fast oil changes, State Safety Inspections, Emissions Tests and “On-The-Spot” DMV Tag Renewals. Call us at 801-302-0912, or visit us online atwww.GTAutomotive.com.

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Subaru Repair Salt Lake City: Subaru Head Gaskets, GT Automotive

Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, explains one of the most common Subaru car repairs-Subaru head gaskets leaking.

  • A Subaru’s head gasket can wear through or even crack, causing loss of power, fuel efficiency or engine failure.
  • The head gasket must be replaced as soon as possible to minimize any damage.
  • When a head gasket is cracked or malfunctioning, coolant can leak. Without the proper level of coolant, the engine will quickly overheat.
  • Engine overheating can warp the heads, causing the gasket to malfunction, crack or leak.

Look for Symptoms of a Leaking Subaru Head gasket

  • Anti-freeze leaking from engine.
    The head gasket creates a pathway for anti-freeze to flow through the engine. A cracked or broken head gasket will result in the anti-freeze or coolant to leak out of these pathways, out of the engine. Look for drops or puddles of anti-freeze
  • Oil Leaking from engine.
    The head gasket also creates a barrier that allows oil to move above the gasket and coolant to flow below. When the gasket is cracked or has a hole in it, the oil can mix with the coolant. The oil in the system will turn to a light brown, viscous substance. Over time this will become more pronounced and thicker, causing the engine to work harder. Eventually, the sludge will be too thick to be pumped up into the engine, and the engine will seize.
  • White smoke from the exhaust pipe.
    In less frequent cases, a cracked head gasket will cause white smoke to emit from the exhaust. This means that coolant is entering the engine cylinders, and the heat from the piston is creating steam, which exits through the exhaust system and out the rear exhaust pipe.

GT Automotive also has certified technicians specializing in Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Audi and VW. We also service and repair all domestic and import model cars and trucks. Complete auto repair services from engine overhauls and rebuilds to clutches, brakes, fast oil changes, State Safety Inspections, Emissions Tests and “On-The-Spot” DMV Tag Renewals. Call us at 801-302-0912, or visit us online at GTAutomotive.com.

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