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 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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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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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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