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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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 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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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.

Subaru Honda Toyota Audi VW Repair Salt Lake City Utah

Are you looking for that old fashioned neighborhood service auto repair shop, with dealership quality technicians and technology?

Come to GT Automotive in South Jordan-your choice for the best of both worlds-dealer quality auto repair and honest, neighborly service.

Watch this brief GT Automotive video, and take a tour of our car care facility-you will be impressed with our “Customer First” focus. Let Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive, explain why we serve so many loyal auto repair customers in Salt Lake City since 1980.

For complete auto repairs on Japanese cars like Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, and European cars like Audi and Volkswagen, GT Automotive in South Jordan has certified mechanics to repair any make and model car-import and domestic vehicles.

With complete minor and major auto repair facilities, and full service oil change, express lube, safety inspections and emissions tests “Fast Lube” bays, we can serve every one of your auto repair needs.

Call 801.302.0912 for auto repair and express oil change/emissions test information.
We are your Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, VW and Audi car repair specialist in South Jordan, Utah.

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.