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 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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Car AC Service South Jordan, Car AC Service Sandy: Vehicle A/C Leaks

When the temperature gets hot, your car air conditioning needs to be cool. Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, shows how to diagnose AC systems that do not blow cold air properly, and the benefits of getting your air conditioning system checked-before it gets too hot. AC Service on your car is critical in these hot Utah summers. Make sure your car’s air conditioning is operating properly.

Since issues with your car’s air conditioning system could be a leak in the system, or failure of any number of air conditioning system parts, 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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Car Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City: AC Service & Repair, Part 1

Car Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City: How Is Your AC Working?

As the Memorial Day weekend signals the semi-official kickoff to summer, the Utah summer heat is sure to follow. That means your car or truck’s air conditioner will be expected to deliver clean, fresh, cool air inside your vehicle. How is your car’s AC system functioning right now? Do you need AC service, or possibly an air conditioning system repair? Since there are several components in your A/C system that must all work properly together, we have summarized the main auto air conditioning service areas in this instructional video. We will review the important factors for proper A/C system in this and following articles.

Actually, your air vents can advise you of several key areas of engine service that needs attention-acting like an “air thermometer” for your vehicle.

Here is the first signal we will discuss (and the most common symptom in a car’s air conditioning system):

Musty Smell From The Auto Air Conditioning Vents

When you turn on the air conditioner in your car, do you often have a distinct car air conditioner smell that is musty, damp, or like mildew?  It is probably bacteria (even possibly mold) growing, or that has developed , in your A/C system.

  • The source of the smelly malady is mold, a single cell organism that grows in the dark and wet environment in your car’s air-conditioning system.
  • The problem goes way beyond a nuisance and in many cases causes such respiratory problems as sneezing, coughing, tightening of the chest and drowsiness.

Although this problem has been around for years, you may feel it is getting worse. But here is the good news: We have cost effective solutions to fix the moldy, musty problem-and they are more effective than ever!

What Causes Bacteria or Mold To Grow In Your Car’s A/C System?

  • The fungi (mold) in your air-conditioning unit grow on a part called the evaporator core-deep inside your dashboard. The core, which looks like a small radiator, circulates cold Freon from the compressor under the hood.
  • This evaporator core gets wet, because humidity condenses on the core surface. As you already know, mold loves wet surfaces, and it gets food from pollen in the air, dead insects or bits of leaves that blow in through your car’s outside vents.
  • Since you don’t normally use your AC system over the Utah winters, this condensation, humidity and wet air that remains in your auto A/C system fosters the growth of this bacteria and fungi.
  • Also, as your car or truck gets older, this bacteria, mold, fungi, and micro-organisms can start to grow over time.
  • Another factor causing a musty smell is lack of AC use. An auto air conditioner used sparingly often can cause the growth of bacteria.
  • Always turning on your air conditioner to “MAX” often may also cause bacteria growth. Maximum air flow settings create excess water dripping from your air conditioning unit.

Removing Bacteria and Mold From Your Auto Air Conditioning System

To fix this problem, you need an anti-bacterial treatment that will destroy bacteria that is growing behind your dash panel. This treatment solution must be inserted into your air conditioner case.

Apart from the treatment, motorists can do plenty to combat mold:

  • Remove dead leaves near the air intakes around the windshield cowling.
  • Dry all liquid spills inside the car, especially milk.
  • Clean stale food out of the car.
  • Periodically, run the blower without the air-conditioning on for 10 minutes, because it can dry off your car’s air conditioning evaporator core.

Until now, getting the mold off the evaporator core was very costly and repairs often lasted only weeks. You can kill mold with an antimicrobial treatment-even Lysol works-but the mold will reappear. Now, though we have extremely affordable air conditioning chemical treatments to remove bacteria, mold, fungi and odors from your automotive A/C system.

These “A/C Refresher Kits” are formulated to remove the mold and foul smells that come from your vehicle’s air conditioning system. Combined, these two products dramatically increase the level of driving enjoyment.

These AC Refresher Chemicals:

  • Remove foul odors;
  • Reduce allergic reactions;
  • Disinfect and deodorize the entire evaporator assembly;
  • Deodorize and cleans the ventilation system;
  • Refresh interior upholstery;
  • Remove harmful mold, mildew and bacteria that live and reproduce within a vehicle’s A/C system;
  • Help maintain a fresh, allergy-free environment inside your car or truck.

Talk with us about this service next time you bring in your car for service, or call us at 801.302.0912. We will inspect 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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Transmission Service Salt Lake City, Transmissions Sandy: Transmission Fluid Changes


Quality transmission service in Salt Lake City includes replacing all of your transmission fluid. Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, explains in this transmission service video why changing all of your transmission fluid is the important part of a regularly scheduled automatic transmission service. Tim demonstrates why using a transmission flush machine is a necessary step in removing and replacing all of the old automatice transmission fluid.

For the same reasons you need to change engine oil on a regular basis, transmission fluid needs to be replaced as well. Heat and friction in the internal components of an automatic transmission (gears, bands, etc.) cause transmission fluid to lose their ability to coat, protect and lubricate these vital internal parts.

In traditional transmission services, the fluid in the transmission pan is replaced, along with the transmission filter. Unfortunately, only 3-4 quarts of fluid are in the transmission pan. Since an automatic transmission can contain 10-12 quarts of transmission fluid, that leaves 6-8 quarts of old transmission fluid still in your automatic transmission. Most of those 6-8 quarts of old fluid are in your transmission torque converter.

The transmission flush machine you see in the transmission service video forces all of that old fluid out of the torque converter. This allows for a complete transmission fluid exchange: 10-12 quarts of old fluid being replaced by 10-12 quarts of new, protective automatic transmission fluid.

The transmission flush machine monitors the removal of the old fluid, and controls the amount of the new fluid into your automatic transmission system, ensuring that the right amount of fluid continues to be in your system.

Changing and replacing all of your old automatic transmission fluid, using the flush process, is one of the many ways GT Automotive works to improve auto repair services for your vehicles. This allows you to drive your car or truck with optimal performance and confidence.

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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