GT Automotive: Auto Repair Shop South Jordan,Car Repair Sandy

 

Come to GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, for all your domestic vehicle, Asian and European vehicle repair services. Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive, takes you on a tour in his auto repair shop video. GT Automotive is a AAA approved repair facility in Utah. They servcie and repair Honda, Subaru, Lexus, Toyota, Audi and VW vehicles, along with all domestic cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, Mini-vans, etc. You receive 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, and more.

Relax in their comfortable waiting area, while your car is serviced. They offer free Wi-Fi and popcorn while you wait.

We value our customer relationships, and use Angie’s List to assess whether we’re doing a good job keeping valued customers like you happy. Please visit AngiesList.com in order to grade our quality of work and customer service.

We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you safely on the road. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Auto Repair Salt Lake City, Auto Repair Sandy: Vital Engine Fluid Changes

Regular vehicle maintenance includes more than just changing your engine oil. As this video shows (the video shows Tim talking about a Lexus, but the principles apply to almost every vehicle driven), there are other vital fluids that require changing at regular intervals:

Coolant/Anti-Freeze Change

Your car’s anti-freeze (or coolant) does the dual job of:
1. Making sure your car will start and ;
2. Keep running in any weather.

It’s a pre-mixed solution in your radiator, preventing the fluid from freezing in cold temperatures, and protection from boiling by raising the boiling point of the anti-freeze solution, so it can move heat out of your engine effectively, without fluid loss.

As it’s doing all of that hard work, however, coolant/antifreeze can suffer a number of problems.  The first is rust, which will grow in the cooling system over time. Changing coolant regularly helps prevent rust from spreading. The other problem is with the pH balance. Over time, coolant/antifreeze can become too acidic or too alkaline. Acidity can eat at hoses, gaskets, heater cores and the radiator itself.  Alkalinity can lead to mineral deposits that clog your cooling system-problems that are avoided with regular coolant changes.

Depending upon your vehicle, anti-freeze has recommended change intervals anywhere from 30,000 – 100,000 miles.

Transmission Fluid Change
Automatic transmission fluid (otherwise called ATF) is the fluid used in vehicles with automatic transmissions. It is generally colored red to distinguish it from motor oil and other fluids in the vehicle. Automatic transmission fluid is not an oil, but a fluid optimized for the special requirements of a transmission-valve operation, brake band friction, torque converter, as well as gear lubrication. Heat, friction, moving parts and age all play a part in the declining performance of automatic transmission fluid. Depending upon your vehicle, ATF should be changed anywhere from 30,000 – 60,000 miles.

Brake Fluid
Brake fluid is an amazing fluid. It allows you transfer the force of pushing on a pedal into the pressure required to stop your vehicle when you need it to stop. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid, meaning it’s used to move other parts.

The problem is that brake fluid is hygroscopic — meaning that just like the solid brick of brown sugar in your pantry, brake fluid loves pulling moisture out of the air and holding onto it. The more water in your brake lines, the worse the fluid does at stopping your vehicle.

So even though it seems like just yesterday that you had your brake fluid flushed, it needs to be changed every two years!

Are you not sure when the last time your coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid or power steering fluid was changed or flushed? Our technicians can check on the condition of these and the other fluids in your vehicle to make sure problems like rust, acidity and water aren’t silently building into bigger issues.

We will inspect and care for your car or truck, so the harsh extremes of Utah summers and winters do not impact your safety while driving. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Change Vital Engine Fluids at Recommended Intervals

Check Engine Light Service Salt Lake City:What Does”Check Engine”Mean?

Your “Check Engine” light is on, and you have no idea why the light is on. You were simply driving down the road, and suddenly the yellow (orange, or red) check engine light illuminates on your dashboard-with no strange noises or warning symptoms. What causes the Check Engine light to go on?  Like most drivers, you have no idea what the light is trying to tell you.

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Check Engine Light-What It Means

What the Check Engine Light Means
It means your car’s computer system has noticed some kind of problem that needs attention. This can include anything from:

  • A brief lapse in some performance that may only be temporary, and will go away on its own;
  •  An engine service reminder (factory scheduled maintenance, as noted in the car’s owners’ manual;
  • A minor problem with  a simple fix. (A loose gas cap or wire connection can set your check engine light on.)
  • A failure of a major electronic, fuel system or exhaust component-sensor.

If the check engine light comes on and off, or only blinks temporarily, the issue may be minor or sporadic in nature. To be sure, an engine electronic diagnostic scan on the system is needed to determine the nature of the “check engine” fault.

What You Can Do To Help Diagnose A Check Engine Light

Like telling a doctor how your body feels, since you are driving the car when the check engine light first appeared, it helps to tell the auto repair diagnostic technician the conditions that occurred when the light came on.

  • Was it just after the engine started (cold engine), or after it had been running while (hot  engine)?
  • What speed were you driving?
  • Were you accelerating,or slowing down?
  • Were you shifting gears?
  • What engine electrical systems went on just prior to the light on (cruise control, A/C system, heater, etc.)?
  • If the “check engine” light is blinking or you notice any serious performance problems, such as a loss of power, reduce your speed and try to reduce the load on the engine. Have the car checked as soon as possible to prevent expensive damage.

In addition to turning on the light, the computer stores a “trouble code” in its memory that identifies the source of the problem, such as a malfunctioning sensor or a misfiring engine. The code can be read with an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer-we have the tools to scan any make or model vehicle you drive.

In most situations, if your “check engine” light illuminates don’t overreact. Although extreme problems, like low oil pressure or an overheating engine, might trigger a “check engine” light, your car’s dashboard has other lights and gauges to warn you about those problems (and most likely a lot sooner).

GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

Audi Auto Repair Salt Lake City:Brake Repairs,ABS Brakes Salt Lake City

With the Utah winter snow falling on roads in Salt Lake City and along the Wasatch Front, safe braking on snowy and icy roads is a concern that is significantly reduced with a properly functioning anti-lock brake system (called ABS) on your car. ABS systems have been installed in most vehicles since the late 1980’s.

Your car’s Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) is explained in plain language by Tim, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan. Whether you drive an Audi (the car in this video) or any car 10 years old or newer, your brakes are equipped with an anti-lock system on either front or rear, or both sets of axles. See what you should know about your brake service in this video.

Your antilock brake system is a safe and effective braking system, allowing you to maintain directional stability and control while braking and steering, and reduce stopping distances during emergency braking situation, particularly on wet, slippery, icy or snowy road surfaces.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about your ABS Brake system, as posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web page:

What is ABS? Why Is ABS important?
An antilock braking system works with the regular or foundation brakes on your vehicle. ABS simply keeps your base brakes from locking up. In vehicles not equipped with ABS, the driver can manually pump the brakes to prevent wheel lockup. In vehicles equipped with ABS, the driver’s foot remains firmly on the brake pedal, allowing the system to automatically pump the brakes.

When your brakes lock up on wet, slippery, icy or snowy roads (or during a panic stop), you lose steering control, and your vehicle can spin. Rear wheel ABS prevents wheel lockup so that your car stays in a straight line. If your car has ABS control on all four wheels, you also keep steering control. If you have steering control, it is possible to avoid a crash by steering around hazards if a complete stop cannot be accomplished in time.

Will I notice anything when the ABS is working?
In many vehicles, drivers may experience a rapid pulsation of the brake pedal–almost as if the brakes are pushing back at you. Sometimes the pedal could suddenly drop. Also, the valves in the ABS controller may make a noise that sounds like grinding or buzzing. In some cars you may feel a slight vibration–this means the ABS is working. It is important NOT to take your foot off the brake pedal when you hear noise or feel pulsations, but instead continue to apply firm pressure.

Does ABS change the way I should use the brakes?
You should not pump your brakes if you have ABS. Just hold your foot firmly on the brakes pedal and remember that you can still steer.

How does ABS work?
What ABS does is similar to a person pumping the brakes. It automatically changes the pressure in your car’s brake lines to maintain maximum brake performance just short of locking up the wheels. ABS does this very rapidly with electronics.

Do cars with ABS stop more quickly than cars without?

ABS is designed to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle during emergency braking situations, not make the car stop more quickly. ABS may shorten stopping distances on wet or slippery roads and many systems will shorten stopping distances on dry roads. On very soft surfaces, such as loose gravel or unpacked snow, an ABS system may actually lengthen stopping distances. In wet or slippery conditions, you should still make sure you drive carefully, always keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you, and maintain a speed consistent with the road conditions.

Brakes are among the most important systems in your car. They are not just parts-they are your safety system. Whether you drive an Audi, VW, Subaru, Toyota, Honda, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, car or truck-there’s a lot riding on your brakes. Understanding how they work will help you take the best care possible, meaning safe driving, and avoiding accidents.

For  Audi service and maintenance needs, GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for all Audi model vehicles. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and/or repairing your Audi in Salt Lake City.

ABS Brakes For Controlled Steering & Braking On Slippery, Icy Roads Salt Lake City Utah

ABS Brakes For Controlled Steering & Braking On Slippery, Icy Roads

Audi Q5 Safety Recall: 2012 Models With Possible Sunroof Panel Glass Breakage

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Safety Recall of Sunroof Panels in 2012 Audi Q5 Models

As temperatures turn colder in Utah, and you own a 2012 Audi Q5, please verify that this safety recall of your sunroof has been checked out:

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) states that Audi is recalling 2012 Q5 Audi models because of possible sunroof panels that may break under extremely cold temperatures (like our Utah winter climate). Audi Q5 models manufactured between June 21, 2011 and December 9, 2011 are the cars being checked out. A total of 13,172 Audi Q5s fall into this production date.

Since nobody wants cracked or breaking glass in their sunroof, causing potential harm or damage to people or your Audi interior, take your Audi Q5 to the dealer to get this safety recall inspected and/or repaired.

There have been no published instances of injuries or crashes to date. But the danger of cracked and falling glass to drivers and passengers makes this recall one you want to immediately take to the Audi dealership.

The recall began in August. Audi says it will replace any defective sunroof glass at no charge to the consumer. Audi Q5 car owners may contact Audi directly at 800-822-8987.

Here is a copy of the complete press release:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
AUDI / Q5 2012

Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 27, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V299000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,172

Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 AUDI Q5 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 21, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 9, 2011. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A FRONT SUNROOF GLASS PANEL THAT IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO BREAKAGE IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER/TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS.

Consequence:
SHOULD THE SUNROOF’S GLASS BREAK WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN USE, THE FALLING GLASS COULD CUT AND INJURE THE DRIVER OR PASSENGERS. IT COULD ALSO DISTRACT THE DRIVER, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUNROOF GLASS PANEL, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 7, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

For all other Audi service and maintenance needs, GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for all Audi model vehicles. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and/or repairing your Audi in Salt Lake City.

 

Subaru Honda Toyota Audi VW Repair Salt Lake City Utah

Are you looking for that old fashioned neighborhood service auto repair shop, with dealership quality technicians and technology?

Come to GT Automotive in South Jordan-your choice for the best of both worlds-dealer quality auto repair and honest, neighborly service.

Watch this brief GT Automotive video, and take a tour of our car care facility-you will be impressed with our “Customer First” focus. Let Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive, explain why we serve so many loyal auto repair customers in Salt Lake City since 1980.

For complete auto repairs on Japanese cars like Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, and European cars like Audi and Volkswagen, GT Automotive in South Jordan has certified mechanics to repair any make and model car-import and domestic vehicles.

With complete minor and major auto repair facilities, and full service oil change, express lube, safety inspections and emissions tests “Fast Lube” bays, we can serve every one of your auto repair needs.

Call 801.302.0912 for auto repair and express oil change/emissions test information.
We are your Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, VW and Audi car repair specialist in South Jordan, Utah.