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

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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

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Subaru Outback, Legacy, Impreza 2012 Safety Recalls: Have You Been Notified?

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2012 Subaru Factory Recalls

There are two safety recalls on a specific number of Legacy and Outback models that the dealer will check and fix, if needed.

2012 Safety Recall#1: Side Airbags May Not Deploy: 2012 Outback and Legacy Models-381 Specific U.S models and 6 in Canada

Only 387 that need recall-but better to be sure and safe, than regret and sorry later…

If you own a 2012 Subaru Legacy or Outback, make sure you are aware of the 2012 factory recall notices of 387 specific Subaru Legacy and Outback models. Here is the NHTSA Subaru recall notice (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):

“These vehicles may be equipped with side curtain airbags that contain an incorrect propellant mixture for the initiator component used, resulting in insufficient output of compressed gas…The side curtain airbags may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.”

When the NHTSA released this statement in February 2012, Subaru told the agency there had been no field reports of any vehicle problem from any market-either the United States or Canada.

The issue was revealed when component supplier Takata-through Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.-informed Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries that the side curtain airbags had not deployed during their sampling inspection.

The recall began in April. While the few number of Subaru models affected do not qualify this as a major recall, since air bags and air bag deployment are safety measures, it would be wise to make sure your Legacy or Outback vehicle is not on the list.

2012 Safety Recall #2:  2012 Legacy, Outback, Impreza Excessive Brake Pedal Travel: Brake Master Cylinder Replaced

This factory recall on brake master cylinders affects 2012 Legacy and Outback models built from 10/17/11 through -11/23/11, and 2012 Impreza models built through 11/15/11.

Affected Subaru car models already on dealer lots were inspected and repaired before they were put back for sale to the public in November/December 2011. 

Cars already delivered to customers when the recall notice was released received their master cylinder parts in early December 2011.

Subaru  received about 130 complaints of excessive brake travel among the first 3,000 new 2012 model year vehicles sold. That initial 4.3% complaint ratio is enough to make sure your brakes are functioning properly and safely.

If you drive one of these affected Subaru cars (look on the driver door decal for the production month and date), and do not know about the excessive brake pedal recall, take your Subaru to the dealer. The fix takes about one hour to complete.

Remember that Subaru quietly leads the way in lifelong performance and safety. Our Subaru specialists are just as passionate about your Subaru as you are. Since 1980, we have hired specially trained ASE Certified Technicians to service and repair Subaru vehicles. Call GT Automotive today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and/or repairing your Subaru model here in Salt Lake City, Utah.