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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Subaru Repair Salt Lake City: 5 Most Common Subaru Repair Problems

Want to know about the common Subaru auto repair problems you may encounter? Tim explains in this Subaru repair video what the 5 most common Subaru repair problems are.

1. Subaru Head Gasket Repairs. The head gasket leaking externally have always been a Subaru repair issue. It i such a common repair that aftermarket Subaru head gaskets are designed better than the original head gaskets.

2. Subaru Double Offset Joint repair (DOJ repair). The protective boot and the DOJ joint are positioned close to the catalytic converter. The heat from the converter tends to dry out and crack the protective boot. This causes the lubricant and grease inside the joint to also dry up, causing the joint to bind up and break.

3. Tires and Brakes wear out faster. Since Subaru is an All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle, the tires and brakes operate as if the vehicle is always in 4 wheel drive. Sharp turns at slow speeds and frequent braking-common to city traffic driving-put an extra strain on your tires and brake system.

4. Timing Belt Replacement. Depending upon your specific make and model year of your Subaru, the timing belt needs to be replaced anywhere between 90,000 and 105,000 miles.
Because the timing belt is:

  • Hidden from your view;
  • Such a long length belt;
  • Operates critical components inside your engine-valves, camshaft, etc.;
  • Also operates your water pump…

…it is critical that your Subaru timing belt be replaced BEFORE it breaks.

5. Spark Plugs (also known as a common tune-up). Subaru spark plugs are hidden away, below your view, and are difficult to access. Spark plugs are scheduled for replacement every 90,000-100,000 miles. But your spark plugs may wear out sooner than scheduled, lowering your gas mileage and engine performance.

Tim invites you to call GT Automotive to discuss your Subaru car repair problems. We have certified, factory trained and experienced Subaru technicians to solve your auto repair problems.

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 www.GTAutomotive.com.

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Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City, Auto AC Repair Service:GT Automotive

Here is a condensed version of our automotive air conditioning service and repair video. In this abbreviated segment, Tim highlights how GT Automotive services and repair car AC systems, diagnoses the common car AC problems like warm air blowing inside the car, and how they check for AC leaks in the system.

With up-to-date tools and technology, problems with your automotive air conditioning can be efficiently found and fixed.

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.

 

Car Overheating,Overheated Engine Repair Salt Lake City:GT Automotive


An overheated engine can spell trouble on the road for you, which is why knowing the causes of a car overheating can be most valuable. Tim at GT Automotive explains the various causes of engine overheating, and how you can anticipate possible car overheating, as well as avoid expensive bills from overheated engine repairs.

What Causes a Car Engine To Overheat?

1. Low Coolant Level, or No Coolant at all.

2. Coolant Leaks From:

  • Leaking radiator hose or hoses;
  • Leaking Radiator;
  • Leaking or faulty water pump;
  • Faulty Radiator Cap.

3. Air Blockage To Radiator.

4. Broken, Torn, or Faulty Head Gasket.

5. Faulty Electric Fans or Fan Motors.

6. Faulty Thermostat.

Any of the above causes will begin a rise in your instrument panel temperature gauge. Tim suggests you pull over and get professional assistance if your temperature gauge rises to 2/3 or above the meter. Getting one of the above repairs done will cost you less than major engine damage from operating an overheated car or truck.

For regular maintenance, Tim also suggests replacing your anti-freeze or coolant every 30,000 miles (for standard green color anti-freeze), and every 60,000 miles for extended high mileage anti-freeze (red, orange, pink, dark green, purple, or yellow colored coolant).

Since issues with your car’s overheating could be from a number of causes, call us at 801.302.0912. We will inspect, diagnose and fix your car or truck to help keep your engine from overheating, and operating at peak performance-even when the Utah weather is hot! GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car ac 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 engine repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Subaru and Honda Factory Recalls: Subaru Repair Salt Lake City,Honda Repair Salt Lake City

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2014 Subaru and Honda Factory Recalls

There are two Subaru and Honda  factory recalls so far this month that are noteworthy:

As an update to the record setting June 2014 recall of 31,400,000 vehicles due to air bag deployment issues, Subaru announced this past Monday, July 7, that owners of an additional 8,557 Subaru vehicles would be notified of possible Subaru air bag inflator problems.

The Subaru models added to the list are 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, Baja, Impreza and WRX cars.

Here is the official announcement, as re-posted from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration):

“Subaru of America, Inc. is conducting a recall of certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles as well as certain 2004 Impreza (including WRX/STI) vehicles, equipped with Takata-brand front passenger air bag inflators. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

CONSEQUENCE: In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQL-48.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to http://www.safercar.gov.”

On June 20, 2014, the NHTSA issued this recall notification for over 14,000 selected Honda car models, for headlight smoking and burning problems (as posted on the NHTSA website):

“American Honda Motor Co., Inc (Honda) is recalling certain model year:
  • 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012 to March 1, 2013;
  • ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured January 12, 2012 to February 7, 2013;
  • Certain model year 2014 ILX vehicles manufactured May 2, 2013, to May 31, 2014, an;
  • ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 18, 2013 to February 19, 2014.
Excessive heat temperatures around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke,melting, and fire.”

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

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Auto Repair Salt Lake City, Auto Repair Sandy: Air Bag Recalls-31 Million In June

 

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Airbag Recalls: 31.4 Million car owners notified in June 2014

It seems as if air bag related recalls span a number of makes, models and years of vehicles. The NHTSA listed 7 manufacturer recalls of possible defective air bag related issues. A record 31,400,00 plus cars and vehicles were notified in June alone (an all time record) of possible air bag related failures.

In worst case scenarios, airbags can explode and send metal shrapnel flying in a crash-an accident on top of an accident.

As re-posted from the national Highway Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are the numerous car model air bag recall notices:

Since hot and humid weather is being attributed to the outbreak of air bag misfortunes, our Utah summers and the muggy conditions in the South are suspect environments for these recalls.

Since 1980, GT Automotive and our ASE certified and factory trained technicians have been serving Toyota, Honda, Lexus, Subaru, Nissan, Chrysler, Ford, GM-virtually all Asian, European, and domestic made car model owners in the Salt Lake Valley, for all their vehicle repair needs. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and repairing your car in Salt Lake City.

Car Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City:AC Service Cabin Air Filter, Part 3

Car AC Service Salt Lake City: Change Your Cabin Air Filter

In our last articles, we discussed ac service and repair of components that affect your auto air conditioning system performance. Today we discuss an overlooked service that can impact your car’s AC system-the cabin air filter. We highlight your cabin air filter performance in this video.Since your air conditioning system uses forced air to operate effectively, your car engine has filters to help make it breathe easier. A commonly neglected filter is your Cabin Air Filter. Cabin Air Filters work to:

  • Filter out the pollutants inside your vehicle. Moving vehicles create a “tunnel effect” that causes pollutants inside the vehicle to reach up to six times the concentration of outside air.
  • Filter out the allergens and pollen. Cabin air filters clean the air entering the passenger cabin via the Heating/Air Conditioning vent systems, and have the ability to clean 100 percent of pollutants including pollen, road dust, mold spores and smog .

Why Change Your Cabin Air Filter Regularly?

  • About 30.4 million Americans — roughly one in 10 people — live in areas with unhealthy levels of pollution-Utah and the Salt Lake Valley included.
  • More than 60 percent of individuals suffer from respiratory problems, and 75 percent are concerned about the air quality in their vehicles.
  • Restricted air reduces the air flow effectiveness of your air conditioning vents (and heater blower motor vents).
  • If the cabin air filter is not replaced, it can cause musty odors in the vehicle, and over time, the car’s air conditioner may become damaged by corrosion.
  • A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can also cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car, compared to walking down the street.

When Should You Change Your Cabin Air Filter?

The intervals range from every 10,000-15,000 miles. Check your Vehicle Manufacturer’s Owners Manual says when your vehicle’s cabin air filter should be changed.

In our Car AC Service Salt Lake City video, we discuss the cabin air filter and its importance to your AC System performance at the 3:00 mark of the video:

Since issues with your car’s air conditioning system could be a failure of one or more of  its components,  call us at 801.302.0912. We will inspect, diagnose and care for your car or truck to help keep you cool while driving, when the Utah weather is hot! GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car ac 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 ac repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

 

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