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: 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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Angies List Reviews Auto Repair Sandy: GT Automotive South Jordan

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When looking for an auto repair shop in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, customer reviews of auto repair companies can help you determine the right place to take your car or truck for service. GT Automotive in South Jordan has built an honest and fair reputation for quality auto repairs, earning customers’ trust since 1980.

You can read many online customer reviews of GT Automotive, particularly on Angie’s List. Below are a few of the many happy customers who have experienced good auto repair results from GT Automotive:

“Took some time to figure out what was going on. But they were very fair and professional.”  -B.M, 2/03/14

“I was treated with so much respect, patience and courtesy. Ethan handled my “cases” and kept in touch often, letting me know that evening what was going on, and asking permission for every move they wanted to make. He answered every question thoroughly, and personally thanked me for me coming back. Their shop is very nice looking, very clean and had nice amenities such as free wifi, a popcorn machine and tvs listening all their services and pricing. I’m even considering taking it to them to get oil changes from now on , even though I get discounts from the dealer where I bought my car. I’ve been so elated about my experiences with them and feel very at ease of mind being with them that they will be my mechanic from now on!” -C.C 2/17/14

“Replaced the climate control module to restore the A/C function and fixed an engine oil leak.” -D.W  2/18/14

“Got me in right away for my brake work. Courteous and kept me apprised of work needed.” -E.J. 3/10/13

“I have been using GT for several years. They are fast, efficient, honest and fair in pricing.” -R.W  3/1/14

“They fixed mechanical problems on my Subaru. Answered questions, made suggestions when I became worried that maybe the car was getting too old, too many miles and that maybe I needed to give it up.They were good people to work with. One of the mechanics knows my car well-he seemed very conscientious and knowledgeable and was able to do what was needed.”  D.W. 3/13/14

 

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We 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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Our commitment to provide superior auto repair service includes providing a work environment that is comfortable and enjoyable for our employees.  As you see on this auto repair video of our facilities and employees, GT Automotive in South Jordan is a great place to work. View our employee comments about working at GT Automotive.

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:6 Signs Of Quality Car Repair Shops

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“Did I take my car to the right place for repairs?” Have you asked yourself that question? Like a qualified doctor, their office and place of business will display these 6 signs to ensure your trust:

  1. Signs of academic achievement. Plaques and certificates of doctor degrees and schooling are standard on office walls. Auto repair shops have certification, training and schooling that they proudly display as well. How easily displayed are these signs of achievement?
  2. Industry Association Affiliations. AMA (American Medical Association), ADA (American Dental Association), are expected affiliations for doctors and dentists. What are associations you can relate to reputable auto repair shops? Look for some of these affiliations: ASE (Automotive Service Excellence), ASA (Automotive Service Association), AAA (American Automobile Association), BBB (Better Business Bureau), and Angie’s List are a few reputable associations that give credibility to car repair shops.Auto Repair Sandy
  3. Letters of appreciation. Auto repair is a service related business, so “Thank You” letters and customer comments that are displayed can show the competence of the auto repair facility.
  4. Literature and information about their industry. In addition  to magazines such as “People” and “Newsweek”, you expect healthcare related literature to read in a doctors’ or dentists’ waitng area. Similarly, auto care and maintenance related literature, brochures magazines, displays or video can demonstrate the repair business’ commitment to taking care of your car.
  5. Communication during repairs. You want to know when your car will be fixed, or how long it will take- a trusted auto repair shop will offer those times to you-within a reasonable range. Any deviation from those suggested intervals should prompt a follow up call to you-because your time-like theirs-is valuable, too. Murphy’s Law seems to always apply to car repairs, and qualified car repair shops know to communicate unexpected changes to you, before you ask. Which leads to sign number 5:
  6. Approval before each new process. Getting your verbal or written approval for a different diagnosis or repair is standard procedure for competent auto repair shops. Is there mention of this pre-approval process, when they ask for a contact number, or when you drop the car off?

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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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.