Honda Timing Belt Replacement Utah: GT Automotive

GT Auto’s Timing Belt Service: The Most Value For Your Labor Dollar

GT Automotive gives you the most value for your Honda auto repair dollar. When it comes to Honda timing belt replacement in Salt Lake City, we maximize your auto repair investment of labor costs. In a Honda timing belt service, for example, we will save you on total labor costs that involve items like the water pump, front engine seals, drive belt, idlers, and tensioners, along with the timing belt. Seth at GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah shares in this Honda car repair video the value we deliver in your Honda timing belt repair.

Many Honda engines are interference engines. They do this because they are looking to get a little more performance out of their high compression, small engine design.

In an interference engine the valve opens further into the combustion chamber than a non-interference engine. So, if the timing belt breaks (because of age, or due to the water pump or some other component failure), both the piston (and the valve it strikes), can and will be damaged.
Damage of this nature will result in either major and costly repair, or (worst case) a complete engine replacement.

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A malfunctioning water pump can cause the belt to break, which can cause the piston to strike and damage the valve, which results in major engine repair and major dollar signs.

Since the water pump is driven by the timing belt, if you don’t replace the pump now, and if it starts leaking later, you will wind up paying essentially the same labor costs later that you are paying now for timing belt replacement. By getting the water pump replaced at the same time as the timing belt, you will pay little labor cost for the water pump’s replacement.

It is a wise decision not to gamble on a worn out water pump. Just get that water pump replacement done at the same time.

You save on total labor costs of both timing belt and water pump. Remember, the water pump is already removed to replace the timing belt.  So you save on total costs there.

The same principle applies to the cam, crank seals, and belt idler pulleys on the Honda.

We check your motor mounts during timing belt replacement, since they are easily visible and can be serviced and/or replaced if necessary. That way, we maximize the value of labor costs during Honda timing belt replacement service.

GT Automotive can replace your Honda timing belt at the factory recommended mileage intervals. This simple procedure will help to prevent premature engine failure and costly repairs, and can help to ensure that your engine is running efficiently and quietly for a long time.

Call 801.302.0912 for Honda service and repair in Salt Lake City from our factory trained Honda and Acura technicians-our Honda techs have over 37 combined years of Honda auto repair expertise.

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 Service Salt Lake City

GT Automotive recommends regular Honda timing belt replacement for your Civic, Accord, Element, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey-any Honda car, crossover or SUV. The importance of regularly replacing Honda timing belts needs to be emphasized, because it can directly affect the performance and life of your engine.  Kyle at GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah shares in this Honda timing belt replacement video the importance of scheduled replacement of your Honda timing belt.

Keeping your Honda well maintained should keep it performing for 250,000-300,000 miles or more. We have many customers who drive Hondas with that much mileage, who will testify to that fact.

The key to keeping your Honda in great condition is regularly scheduled Honda maintenance. Regularly scheduled maintenance pin-points, services, replaces and adjusts key parts of your Honda engine. Honda engineers know in advance these services are required. This is especially important with the timing belt.

(If you are looking to buy a used Honda that is approaching 100,000 miles, or if the Honda is approaching 7 years old, one of the first questions you must ask is; “When was the timing belt replaced?” Ask for proof.)

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What Honda Timing Belts Do:

  • The timing belt keeps your car’s crankshaft and camshaft valves opening and shutting in sync with the pistons.
  • It controls the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft and the opening and closing of the engine’s many valves to allow air and gas in and out, which causes the fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber.
  • During this explosion, the valves push the pistons down.
  • In order for the process to take place, the valves have to open and close at the right time.
  • The valves have to be in the correct position as well as the pistons.
  • The valves open at different times for each cylinder.
  • When the timing belt breaks, the valves, which are very light, will open at the wrong time and hit the larger pistons and cause damage
  • Checking and replacing the belt regularly prevents breakage and serious engine damage and helps you avoid getting stranded on the highway.
  • Timing belts with cracked and/or missing teeth can cause your Honda to idle rough, become sluggish, suffer engine clattering or backfiring.
  • If your Honda timing belt breaks, your engine fails, causing your car to shut down.
  • Because most Hondas are interference engines, having a timing belt break while driving will probably cause the pistons to bend the valves, due to their colliding without the clearance provided by the timing belt movement.
  • Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no obvious signs the timing belt is near the breaking point-it will just break.
  • Changing a timing belt on a Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V, Odyssey, Pilot, Element, before it wears out is critical.
  • Damage will occur if the timing belt wears down enough to break while the car is running.
  • Honda recommends the timing belt to be changed every 105,000 miles. But, it’s a good idea to change the timing belt before the car reaches 105,000 miles, because of the potential major engine damage that can result from a broken Honda timing belt.

 

GT Automotive can replace your Honda timing belt at the factory recommended mileage intervals. This procedure will help to prevent premature engine failure and costly repairs, and can help to ensure that your engine is running efficiently and quietly for a long time.

Call 801.302.0912 for Honda service and repair in Salt Lake City from our factory trained Honda and Acura technicians-our Honda techs have over 37 combined years of Honda auto repair expertise.

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 Auto Repair Salt Lake City: Honda Engine Valve Service

Honda Engine Valve Service Salt Lake City: Extend Engine Life

GT Automotive recommends regular Honda engine valve adjustments services on your Civic, Accord, Element, CR-V, any Honda car, crossover or SUV. Honda The importance of correct Honda engine valve clearances needs to be emphasized, because it can directly affect the performance and life of your engine.  Kyle at GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah shares in this Honda car repair video the importance of regular adjusting Honda engine valves.

What Honda Engine Valves Do:

  • Engine valves act as the doors to the combustion chamber, allowing fresh mix to flow in during the intake stroke, sealing the chamber during the compression and power strokes and providing an exit for the spent gas during the exhaust stroke.
  • Anytime a valve is closed there needs to be a gas-tight seal between the valve seat located in the cylinder head and the valve face.
  • To ensure that the valve is fully seated, there must be some slight valve clearance (called valve “lash”) between the valve stem and rocker arm or cam.
  • Try to think of it as the relationship between a clutch or throttle cable.
  • As the engine warms to operating temperature the various chunks of steel and alloy inside the engine grow slightly due to thermal expansion.
  • As the valve train components are brought up to running temperature, they expand along with all of the other bits and pieces.
  • If there is insufficient lash between the valve stem and its actuating mechanisms when the engine is cold, there will be even less clearance when the engine is hot.

Honda Engine Valve Design & Service

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Honda engines have an overhead cam (short for “camshaft”) design:

  • As the lobe on the camshaft rotates, it moves the rocker arm and opens the valve.
  • In this design there are no lifters or push-rods to dampen movement or flex.
  • This is a much more efficient and durable design compared to an overhead valve design like the ones used in many V-6 and V-8 engines

But, due to certain design factors in these Honda engines, the valves slowly go out of adjustment over time:

  • If the valve clearances are excessive, the efficiency of the engine is reduced, because the valves open later and close earlier than they were designed to.
  • If the valve clearances (“valve lash”) are less than the manufacturer recommends (meaning they are too tight), as the engine warms up, normal heat expansion will not allow the valves to completely close.
  • Incorrect valve lash cannot be heard. (so, do not use the “if I cannot hear it, everything must be OK” test!)

If lash is reduced beyond a reasonable amount, several things occur, all of them unpleasant:

  • First, the valve timing is changed slightly, and this may affect performance, and emission outputs. But there is an added complication:
  • The exhaust valve stays alive because it’s able to transfer a portion of the heat it absorbs from the combustion process directly into the cylinder head, when it’s resting on its seat.
  • As clearance is reduced, the valves spend less time on their seats.
  • This means the exhaust valves have less time to give up its heat.
  • This condition will cause an engine misfire, leading to anything from detonation, pre-ignition and engine overheating, to a warped or burnt valve.
  • Burnt valves and/or burnt valve seats can cause major engine damage.
  • Damage to a valve and valve seat is expensive to repair. That’s the part when an expensive head job is needed.

You might not notice it for a while, because it happens slowly and doesn’t make any unusual noises (whereas other types of cars do make noise when their valves need adjusting). But if you drive the car like that, with the valves misadjusted, eventually one of the valves or valve seats will get burned out, and then you can be in real trouble.

Valve lash is critical. Some Honda engines don’t even make it to 100,000 miles, because the valves were never checked. Burned valves result from insufficient valve lash that is ignored for too long.

Regular Honda Valve Clearance Service

Adjusting valve clearance on your Honda is important:

  • The internal combustion engine is subject to thermal expansion as the temperature rises to 195 degrees.
  • In order for an engine to be efficient and burn the highest percentage of fuel introduced, it must have very tight tolerances.
  • Honda determined exactly how much expansion would take place so that the tolerances would be met at that temperature.
  • Adjusting the valves on your Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V, Element can, in many cases, restore idle quality and performance that has been lost due to engine wear.

GT Automotive can have your Honda valves adjusted at the factory recommended mileage intervals. This simple procedure will help to prevent premature engine failure and costly repairs, and can help to ensure that your engine is running efficiently and quietly for a long time.

Call 801.302.0912 for Honda service and repair in Salt Lake City from our factory trained Honda and Acura technicians-our Honda techs have over 37 combined years of Honda auto repair expertise.

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 CV Repair Salt Lake City: GT Automotive

Honda CV Repairs

Clackety clack, Clackety clack, clack, clack-that is the sound of your Honda needing CV Axle repair. It is a sound you don’t
want to hear when driving your Honda. The loud clacking noise you hear when turning means the constant velocity joints are shot. A bad Honda CV axle and joint is a serious problem that should be checked at the first sign of trouble.  Both Dave and Tim Stapleton (owner of GT Automotive) share some of the Honda CV axle repairs they see in their South Jordan auto repair facility in this video.

What Honda CV Joints and Axles Do

  • Honda CV (“CV” for “constant-velocity”) joints sit on each end of the front axle (left hand for driver’s side, right hand for passenger side), and are connected to the front wheels.
  • As you speed up, the CV joints spin around (lubricated by the grease in its protective, enclosed boot housing).
  • A Honda CV allows your turning axles to transfer that power at different angles.
  • Inner CV joints connect the drive shafts to the transmission, while the outer CV joints connect the drive shafts to the wheels.
  • The joint has to maintain enough grease around it to keep the joint running smoothly.
  • The boots around the CV joint prevent dust from getting in between the joint and damaging it.
  • A Honda CV joint doesn’t need any maintenance and can last very long, as long as the protective CV joint boot is not damaged. (It’s not uncommon to see a car with over 300,000 miles with still original CV-joints.)
  • Time, heat and exposure to weather and road conditions will eventually wear out the boot material-creating cracks, then rips.
  • These tears and rips will allow dirt and debris inside the joint, causing the CV joint to wear out and break.
  • When the Honda CV joint starts to go bad at this point, you will hear it clicking and then begin to grind.
  • Ignoring this sound will cause the gears to wear out and grind to a halt-no moving, no turning (a lot of towing!!).

Honda CV Axle Repair Cost

  • Unfortunately, CV joint/axle replacement are more costly than an oil change.
  • Since the labor charges are about the same to replace the entire CV joint/cv axle, as it does to merely replace the boot, it
    makes more sense to replace the entire CV joint assembly, instead of just the boot.
  • And, replacing the CV joints on your Honda yourself will take you about four to six hours to complete (not to mention the
    cost of specialty axle tools to remove and replace the CV axle assembly).
  • For these reasons, having an auto repair shop like GT Automotive do the work (along with the warranty) makes the most sense.
  • The several hundred dollars in parts and labor costs becomes a real value at that point.

Prevent Costly Honda CV Axle Repairs

  • “An ounce of prevention…” It’s a good idea to check your Honda CV boots (and axle assembly) at regular periods, like
    routine oil changes.(GT Automotive makes this a standard check during your Honda oil change.)
  • And, your CV axle assembly can be inspected each time the wheels are removed from the vehicle-like brake repairs or tire
    rotations.
  • Costly repairs can be avoided by recognizing worn, cracked boots-before they split and the grease leaks out, causing the
    clackety-clack noise.
  • Finding the problem soon is the key to saving money.

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 trainedHonda 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 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.

Common Honda Auto Repairs

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 Auto Repair Salt Lake City: Common Honda Repairs

Honda Car Repair Problems: Salt Lake City

Looking for a Honda auto repair shop in Salt Lake City to look at your car repair problem? Common Honda repair issues are discussed in this Honda repair video from GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah. Tim and Dave share some of the repairs they see in their South Jordan auto repair facility.

While very reliable and dependable, Honda automobiles are still cars:

  • They are driven (sometimes driven hard);
  • Regular service is often neglected, and/or delayed (oil changes, fluid changes, factory scheduled maintenance services, etc.);
  • They are subject to the harsh extremes of Utah weather (hot boiling summers to cold, freezing winters);
  • They are subject to less than perfect road conditions (how many potholes have you hit today?!?).

The above reasons add up to car problems-with Honda, as well as all other makes and models of vehicles.

Common Honda Auto Repairs

You may be interested in this list of common repairs on Honda cars, vans, and SUVs (as noted in RepairPal):

  • Brake Problems: brake noises, brake vibrations,
  • Engine oil leaks
  • Transmission issues
  • Air Conditioning problems

In this Honda car repair video, GT Automotive also discusses two more common repairs:

  • CV axles and CV boots
  • Timing belt replacements

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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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:5 Ways To Trust Your Car Mechanic

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Ways To Trust Your Auto Repair Shop

In 1981, a Reader’s Digest survey showed only 1 in 4 Americans trusted the auto repair shop (or shops) that worked on their automobiles. Fast forward to our day, four decades later, and what does their current survey reveal? Surprisingly, 1 in 4 Americans show trust in the car mechanic where they have their vehicles serviced and repaired. What can car owners do to develop more trust where they take their automobiles for repairs?

Rather than giving in to the sweeping generalization that auto repair mechanics are not to be trusted, there are ways to find and qualify competent, trusting auto repair shops in Salt Lake City, Utah-anywhere in the country. Here are 5 ways to determine if the auto repair shop earns your business:

1. Auto repairs are like doctor and dentist visits-necessary but not desirable. View your mechanic/auto repair shop as your car “Doctor”. The similarities between your personal physician and your auto mechanic allow you to follow the same process in determining both “caregivers”…For example:

2. Referrals- You ask your friends or family who they go to for checkups and diagnosis-so you ask those same friends and family who repairs their car or truck. When you have a specific healthcare issue (heart, knee, respiratory, eyesight, etc.) you ask people you know who had similar ailments which doctor helped them. Similarly, ask those you know who fixed their specific car problems you have-heating, air conditioning, brake noise, electrical problem, stalling problem, etc.

Be sure you get the name of the auto repair shop owner or mechanic from your friends or family. Why is getting their name important? Because trust is based upon a relationship. Knowing their personal names indicates that trusting relationship. But trust goes further than that, which leads to the next step in the auto repair shop trust process:

3. Communication by Questions-ask questions, and have the mechanic ask you questions. Any competent doctor knows that accurate diagnosis comes from accurate information-specific symptoms, when symptoms flare up, when symptoms do not appear, how you feel before, during, and after symptoms arise, etc.

Proper questions can lead to proper diagnosis, so see if the same “diagnosis by questions” is followed by your mechanic. Do they ask you the right questions about your vehicle service? Competent technicians will ask you “symptom” questions. HINT: give them accurate information, and give them all the information they need to know, such as :

-Did you just have this same problem looked at recently?

-What was done to try and fix the problem?

-When was the last time the car was serviced/repaired/inspected?

-Do you recall the driving conditions when the problem arose? (car is cold or warmed up, road is bumpy or slick, low speed or high speed, accelerating or slowing down, heater/air conditioner on low, high, etc.

Remember, trusted auto repair shops stay in business because they want to fix your car the first time-just like you want them to. They ask you the right questions to repair it right the first time, not trying to waste time, energy and money-yours or theirs. Which leads to the

4. Going back again for the same problem is an opportunity, not an indictment. How many times have you gone to the doctor for the same physical problem? Car engines are sometimes no different. Complex computer and electrical sensors, wiring, and components under a hood that reaches 260 degree temperatures, traveling in outside temperatures from sub-zero degrees to 100-plus degrees, can make your car diagnosis about as difficult as your physical ailment.

Use this return opportunity to rate your auto mechanic:

-Were they professional?
-How many more questions were asked to try and get to the root of the problem?
-Were mistakes acknowledged with courtesy and credit? Don’t think doctors always get it right the first time-because they misdiagnose your ailments at times. (And doctors charge you each time you visit-right or wrong diagnosis.)

5.  Follow up and treatment after the repair. When the repairs are completed, does the technician give you advice or suggestions to prevent further issues with the same problem? Do they call you after the repair for feedback and confirmation? Remember, identifying potential issues with other parts of your car does not brand the shop as untrustworthy. After all, no used car is “perfect” in every way. You notice hesitation, strange noises or sounds once in a while when you drive. Trusted auto repair shops inspect your car to let you know about these things. Most times it is not urgent or dangerous. Letting you know about it shows their competence and diligence.

Since servicing your car is like a trip to the doctor, use these suggestions above to qualify the auto repair shop you visit. Following these suggestions will help eliminate the stress of wondering if you took your car to the right place.

In our next article, we will identify features of a quality auto repair shop-once you are there. We’ll give you a hint-it is sort of like the doctor’s office you visit.

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