GT Automotive: Auto Repair Shop South Jordan,Car Repair Sandy

 

Come to GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, for all your domestic vehicle, Asian and European vehicle repair services. Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive, takes you on a tour in his auto repair shop video. GT Automotive is a AAA approved repair facility in Utah. They servcie and repair Honda, Subaru, Lexus, Toyota, Audi and VW vehicles, along with all domestic cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, Mini-vans, etc. You receive 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, and more.

Relax in their comfortable waiting area, while your car is serviced. They offer free Wi-Fi and popcorn while you wait.

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.

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Audi Auto Repair Salt Lake City:Brake Repairs,ABS Brakes Salt Lake City

With the Utah winter snow falling on roads in Salt Lake City and along the Wasatch Front, safe braking on snowy and icy roads is a concern that is significantly reduced with a properly functioning anti-lock brake system (called ABS) on your car. ABS systems have been installed in most vehicles since the late 1980’s.

Your car’s Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) is explained in plain language by Tim, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan. Whether you drive an Audi (the car in this video) or any car 10 years old or newer, your brakes are equipped with an anti-lock system on either front or rear, or both sets of axles. See what you should know about your brake service in this video.

Your antilock brake system is a safe and effective braking system, allowing you to maintain directional stability and control while braking and steering, and reduce stopping distances during emergency braking situation, particularly on wet, slippery, icy or snowy road surfaces.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about your ABS Brake system, as posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web page:

What is ABS? Why Is ABS important?
An antilock braking system works with the regular or foundation brakes on your vehicle. ABS simply keeps your base brakes from locking up. In vehicles not equipped with ABS, the driver can manually pump the brakes to prevent wheel lockup. In vehicles equipped with ABS, the driver’s foot remains firmly on the brake pedal, allowing the system to automatically pump the brakes.

When your brakes lock up on wet, slippery, icy or snowy roads (or during a panic stop), you lose steering control, and your vehicle can spin. Rear wheel ABS prevents wheel lockup so that your car stays in a straight line. If your car has ABS control on all four wheels, you also keep steering control. If you have steering control, it is possible to avoid a crash by steering around hazards if a complete stop cannot be accomplished in time.

Will I notice anything when the ABS is working?
In many vehicles, drivers may experience a rapid pulsation of the brake pedal–almost as if the brakes are pushing back at you. Sometimes the pedal could suddenly drop. Also, the valves in the ABS controller may make a noise that sounds like grinding or buzzing. In some cars you may feel a slight vibration–this means the ABS is working. It is important NOT to take your foot off the brake pedal when you hear noise or feel pulsations, but instead continue to apply firm pressure.

Does ABS change the way I should use the brakes?
You should not pump your brakes if you have ABS. Just hold your foot firmly on the brakes pedal and remember that you can still steer.

How does ABS work?
What ABS does is similar to a person pumping the brakes. It automatically changes the pressure in your car’s brake lines to maintain maximum brake performance just short of locking up the wheels. ABS does this very rapidly with electronics.

Do cars with ABS stop more quickly than cars without?

ABS is designed to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle during emergency braking situations, not make the car stop more quickly. ABS may shorten stopping distances on wet or slippery roads and many systems will shorten stopping distances on dry roads. On very soft surfaces, such as loose gravel or unpacked snow, an ABS system may actually lengthen stopping distances. In wet or slippery conditions, you should still make sure you drive carefully, always keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you, and maintain a speed consistent with the road conditions.

Brakes are among the most important systems in your car. They are not just parts-they are your safety system. Whether you drive an Audi, VW, Subaru, Toyota, Honda, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, car or truck-there’s a lot riding on your brakes. Understanding how they work will help you take the best care possible, meaning safe driving, and avoiding accidents.

For  Audi service and maintenance needs, GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for all Audi model vehicles. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and/or repairing your Audi in Salt Lake City.

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ABS Brakes For Controlled Steering & Braking On Slippery, Icy Roads

Carbon Monoxide Gas From Warming Up Your Car:Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Gas Poisoning During Car Warmup

The cold Utah winter weather is upon us. Warming up our cars-for interior heat-is now becoming a daily routine. Do you open the overhead garage door, and start the car to let it warm up for a minute or two before driving away?

Dave Nuttall, one of the Certified Master Technicians at GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, relates this carbon monoxide gas experience from his home:

“One winter morning, I warmed up my wife’s car in my garage. The garage is attached to my house, but I made sure to open the garage door. However, after only several minutes, the carbon monoxide alarm in my basement went off to alert me of the gas danger there. Although the garage door was opened, the carbon mooxide gas traveled from the open garage to my basement.” Sound familiar to you?

It is well to keep these words in mind from Thomas Greiner, agricultural engineer from Iowa State University:”Don’t ever warm-up a car in a garage, even with the garage door open. In less than two minutes gas fumes build to lethal concentrations in the garage.”

In an attached garage, fumes can quickly spread to the house. Carbon monoxide occurs when fuel is not completely burned and consumed in the engine. Since carbon monoxide is a gas, it can travel from the engine through any air way passage-large or small. The danger to humans is that the gas travels through very small airway leaks in the engine- firewall, exhaust system, mufflers and pipes, to the passenger compartment.

Warming your car up in the garage-especially in an attached garage-even with the garage door opened, does not prevent the carbon monoxide gases from traveling through to inside the home. That is the inherent danger for warming up cars in attached garages.  Exposures at 100 parts per million greater can be dangerous to human health.

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from vehicles, follow these steps:

  • Never run engines in a garage, even if the garage door is open.
  • Make certain all vehicles are tuned up and running clean.
  • Check and repair exhaust system leaks.

When starting a car and leaving from the garage:

  • Make certain everyone is in the car and ready to leave.
  • Open the overhead garage door before starting the car.
  • Start the car and immediately back out.
  • Shut the garage door.
  • Immediately drive away. Consult the owner’s manual for recommendations when driving with a cold engine.

Preventive Measures:

  • ·         Purchase UL listed carbon monoxide alarms and install them in the garage, near sleeping areas, and on every level of your home.

Protect your family, and those you care for, not just by warming up the car for them, but by also being alert to carbon monoxide gas levels.

Audi Q5 Safety Recall: 2012 Models With Possible Sunroof Panel Glass Breakage

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Safety Recall of Sunroof Panels in 2012 Audi Q5 Models

As temperatures turn colder in Utah, and you own a 2012 Audi Q5, please verify that this safety recall of your sunroof has been checked out:

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) states that Audi is recalling 2012 Q5 Audi models because of possible sunroof panels that may break under extremely cold temperatures (like our Utah winter climate). Audi Q5 models manufactured between June 21, 2011 and December 9, 2011 are the cars being checked out. A total of 13,172 Audi Q5s fall into this production date.

Since nobody wants cracked or breaking glass in their sunroof, causing potential harm or damage to people or your Audi interior, take your Audi Q5 to the dealer to get this safety recall inspected and/or repaired.

There have been no published instances of injuries or crashes to date. But the danger of cracked and falling glass to drivers and passengers makes this recall one you want to immediately take to the Audi dealership.

The recall began in August. Audi says it will replace any defective sunroof glass at no charge to the consumer. Audi Q5 car owners may contact Audi directly at 800-822-8987.

Here is a copy of the complete press release:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
AUDI / Q5 2012

Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 27, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V299000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,172

Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 AUDI Q5 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 21, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 9, 2011. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A FRONT SUNROOF GLASS PANEL THAT IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO BREAKAGE IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER/TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS.

Consequence:
SHOULD THE SUNROOF’S GLASS BREAK WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN USE, THE FALLING GLASS COULD CUT AND INJURE THE DRIVER OR PASSENGERS. IT COULD ALSO DISTRACT THE DRIVER, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUNROOF GLASS PANEL, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 7, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

For all other Audi service and maintenance needs, GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for all Audi model vehicles. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and/or repairing your Audi in Salt Lake City.