Honda Brake Repair Salt Lake City: GT Automotive

Honda Brake Problems: Salt Lake City

Having brake system problems, and need Honda brake repair in Salt Lake City?  Tim and Dave at GT Automotive, in this auto repair video, explain why your Honda needs brake repair more often than expected.

Brake issues on Honda cars and SUVs are common, so do not get too alarmed or incensed. With transverse mounted engines, front wheel drive and all-wheel drive axles, he relatively small brake surface area of Honda brake rotors, and the weather extremes in Utah, faster wear and tear on Honda brakes and braking systems are to be expected.

As noted on car repair sites like Honda Problems, brake repair issues are always at the top of the list for Honda vehicle owners. In 2010, reported by The New York Times, Honda agreed to settle a class-action suit involving premature rear brake pad wear on about 750,000 late model Accords and Acura TSXs, in which brakes were wearing out more than twice as fast as they should.

Whereas your Honda may not fall into a class action lawsuit category because your brakes need to be replaced sooner than you expected, here are eight tips that will prove helpful in extending the life of your brakes:

8 Tips For Extended Brake Life On Your Honda:

1. Slowly brake to a stop. Stops from high speed are the mortal enemy of brakes. And a little more speed hurts more than you can imagine. Stopping from 65 mph rather than 55 forces the brakes to dissipate 33% more energy.
2.Keep your left foot off of the brake pedal. Enough said, right? Also, it’ll be easier to resist unnecessary brake taps:
3. Where possible, coast to a stop.Coasting is a surprisingly easy way to get rid of a lot of brake-killing speed. For example, if you know you’ll have to stop at the end of a freeway off-ramp, coasting from 70 down to 50 before you brake will significantly reduce brake wear. Ypou won’t lose that much time, but you will save on brake wear-and that saves you money in the long run.
4. Anticipate-before you brake. Memorize places where other drivers inappropriately slow down. For example-hills, freeway bends, hairpin turns. Often, you’ll have to coast down to their pace. Plan ahead and you will have used less brakes and gas.  Look beyond the next traffic signal and you’ll be able to correctly time stoplights, and notice traffic backing up at the 2nd, 3rd or 4th traffic light.
5. Don’t brake just because the guy in front does. Many times, the first driver touched their brake for no good reason. It’ll take practice to learn to coast when others brake inappropriately, but it’s worth it.

6. Inspect brakes regularly-before they hit “metal-to-metal”. If metal touches metal (brake pads on brake rotors), putting off the brake job to save money now becomes more expensive. Since Utah safety inspection requires checking brake wear every year on cars over 7 years old, older cars have a natural built-in time for brake inspection. On cars newer than 7 years-where in Utah brakes are checked every 2 years-a good time to inspect your brakes is when you have your tires rotated.

8. Flush and replace your brake fluid regularly, periodically. Flushing the brake fluid will make the internal brake parts last longer, and the brakes perform better. Brake fluid naturally attracts water, and -over time and repeated braking-this moisture gets hotter at lower tempaeratures (due to the water content now in the brake fluid). Moisture also accelerates brake part corrosion, which ruins critical rubber seals.
9. Get the right brake pad material for your Honda. Today’s brake pads are extremely complex. They may contain a dozen or more components, and are designed for specific uses. As Honda trained technicians, we can match your desires with the right brakes.

Honda Auto Repairs: Salt Lake City

Looking for a Honda auto repair shop in Salt Lake City to look at your car repair problem?

Whatever Honda model car you drive-Accord, Civic, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Ridgeline, Element, Fit, NSX-our skilled technicians and up to date technology allows us to service and repair Honda cars with the ease and efficiency your vehicle deserves.

Since 1980, GT Automotive and our ASE certified and factory trained Honda and Acura technicians have been serving Honda car owners in the Salt Lake Valley for all their vehicle repair needs. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and repairing your Honda or Acura in Salt Lake City.

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Honda Timing Belt Replacement Salt Lake City: GT Automotive

Honda Timing Belt Repair: Salt Lake City

Replace your Honda timing belt regularly-it is one of the keys to keep your Honda car running for 200,000-300,000 miles, and more. Dave at GT Automotive shows you in this Honda timing belt repair video the importance of regular timing belt maintenance and repair. Both Dave and Tim Stapleton (owner of GT Automotive) share some of the repairs they see in their South Jordan auto repair facility.

Why Replace Your Honda Timing Belt Regularly?

  • The Honda timing belt connects the crankshaft at the bottom of the engine with the camshafts at the top of the cylinder head.
  • Timing belts make sure your valves and pistons move at the same time-they synchronize your camshaft (valves) and crankshaft (pistons).
  • The valves and pistons in a Honda share the same air space. The valves open and close in close distance to the pistons.
  • They never touch, unless your timing belt breaks or skips a tooth (these timing belts have ribbed teeth to move the sprocket and gears).
  • If the timing belt fails, the engine will stop, and fail to re-start. (You will just hear the endless cranking, or “turning over”-but no start).
  • In interference engines (like many Honda engines have), if the timing belt breaks, or if one or two “teeth” break or skip, the valves and pistons will “interfere” with each other. Not only will the engine will stop, but in these interference engines, the pistons will contact the valves, bending or even breaking them.
  • Bent and/or broken valves mean serious, costly engine damage.
  • While a timing belt replacement job can cost several hundreds of dollars, an engine with bent valves and piston damage will run into the thousands of dollars.
  • $300-400 versus $2,000-$3,000?? It is the old adage “Pay a little now, or pay a lot more later”.
  • some vehicles the lack of a functioning timing belt can cause expensive engine damage.

When buying a used Honda or Acura with over 100,000 miles, the first question you should ask is “When was the timing belt changed, and what records prove that?” (You don’t want to have to pay a $2000 repair bill-plus towing-right after you purchase the Honda or Acura!)

Replace Honda Timing Belts Every 90,000-100,000 Miles

Because belts weaken and wear out over time, Honda recommends replacing your timing belt BEFORE they get old, fragile, and the drive teeth begin to crack, split or break. They recommend 90,000-100,000 mile intervals.

While the timing belt is being replaced, have the oil pump and water pump inspected, since they are all accessible in the same place.

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Looking for a Honda auto repair shop in Salt Lake City to look at your car repair problem?

Whatever Honda model car you drive-Accord, Civic, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Ridgeline, Element, Fit, NSX-our skilled technicians and up to date technology allows us to service and repair Honda cars with the ease and efficiency your vehicle deserves.

Since 1980, GT Automotive and our ASE certified and factory trained Honda and Acura technicians have been serving Honda car owners in the Salt Lake Valley for all their vehicle repair needs. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and repairing your Honda or Acura in Salt Lake City.

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