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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Auto Repair Salt Lake City, Auto Repair Sandy:6 Signs Of Quality Car Repair Shops

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“Did I take my car to the right place for repairs?” Have you asked yourself that question? Like a qualified doctor, their office and place of business will display these 6 signs to ensure your trust:

  1. Signs of academic achievement. Plaques and certificates of doctor degrees and schooling are standard on office walls. Auto repair shops have certification, training and schooling that they proudly display as well. How easily displayed are these signs of achievement?
  2. Industry Association Affiliations. AMA (American Medical Association), ADA (American Dental Association), are expected affiliations for doctors and dentists. What are associations you can relate to reputable auto repair shops? Look for some of these affiliations: ASE (Automotive Service Excellence), ASA (Automotive Service Association), AAA (American Automobile Association), BBB (Better Business Bureau), and Angie’s List are a few reputable associations that give credibility to car repair shops.Auto Repair Sandy
  3. Letters of appreciation. Auto repair is a service related business, so “Thank You” letters and customer comments that are displayed can show the competence of the auto repair facility.
  4. Literature and information about their industry. In addition  to magazines such as “People” and “Newsweek”, you expect healthcare related literature to read in a doctors’ or dentists’ waitng area. Similarly, auto care and maintenance related literature, brochures magazines, displays or video can demonstrate the repair business’ commitment to taking care of your car.
  5. Communication during repairs. You want to know when your car will be fixed, or how long it will take- a trusted auto repair shop will offer those times to you-within a reasonable range. Any deviation from those suggested intervals should prompt a follow up call to you-because your time-like theirs-is valuable, too. Murphy’s Law seems to always apply to car repairs, and qualified car repair shops know to communicate unexpected changes to you, before you ask. Which leads to sign number 5:
  6. Approval before each new process. Getting your verbal or written approval for a different diagnosis or repair is standard procedure for competent auto repair shops. Is there mention of this pre-approval process, when they ask for a contact number, or when you drop the car off?

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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Auto Repair Salt Lake City, Auto Repair Sandy:5 Ways To Trust Your Car Mechanic

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Ways To Trust Your Auto Repair Shop

In 1981, a Reader’s Digest survey showed only 1 in 4 Americans trusted the auto repair shop (or shops) that worked on their automobiles. Fast forward to our day, four decades later, and what does their current survey reveal? Surprisingly, 1 in 4 Americans show trust in the car mechanic where they have their vehicles serviced and repaired. What can car owners do to develop more trust where they take their automobiles for repairs?

Rather than giving in to the sweeping generalization that auto repair mechanics are not to be trusted, there are ways to find and qualify competent, trusting auto repair shops in Salt Lake City, Utah-anywhere in the country. Here are 5 ways to determine if the auto repair shop earns your business:

1. Auto repairs are like doctor and dentist visits-necessary but not desirable. View your mechanic/auto repair shop as your car “Doctor”. The similarities between your personal physician and your auto mechanic allow you to follow the same process in determining both “caregivers”…For example:

2. Referrals- You ask your friends or family who they go to for checkups and diagnosis-so you ask those same friends and family who repairs their car or truck. When you have a specific healthcare issue (heart, knee, respiratory, eyesight, etc.) you ask people you know who had similar ailments which doctor helped them. Similarly, ask those you know who fixed their specific car problems you have-heating, air conditioning, brake noise, electrical problem, stalling problem, etc.

Be sure you get the name of the auto repair shop owner or mechanic from your friends or family. Why is getting their name important? Because trust is based upon a relationship. Knowing their personal names indicates that trusting relationship. But trust goes further than that, which leads to the next step in the auto repair shop trust process:

3. Communication by Questions-ask questions, and have the mechanic ask you questions. Any competent doctor knows that accurate diagnosis comes from accurate information-specific symptoms, when symptoms flare up, when symptoms do not appear, how you feel before, during, and after symptoms arise, etc.

Proper questions can lead to proper diagnosis, so see if the same “diagnosis by questions” is followed by your mechanic. Do they ask you the right questions about your vehicle service? Competent technicians will ask you “symptom” questions. HINT: give them accurate information, and give them all the information they need to know, such as :

-Did you just have this same problem looked at recently?

-What was done to try and fix the problem?

-When was the last time the car was serviced/repaired/inspected?

-Do you recall the driving conditions when the problem arose? (car is cold or warmed up, road is bumpy or slick, low speed or high speed, accelerating or slowing down, heater/air conditioner on low, high, etc.

Remember, trusted auto repair shops stay in business because they want to fix your car the first time-just like you want them to. They ask you the right questions to repair it right the first time, not trying to waste time, energy and money-yours or theirs. Which leads to the

4. Going back again for the same problem is an opportunity, not an indictment. How many times have you gone to the doctor for the same physical problem? Car engines are sometimes no different. Complex computer and electrical sensors, wiring, and components under a hood that reaches 260 degree temperatures, traveling in outside temperatures from sub-zero degrees to 100-plus degrees, can make your car diagnosis about as difficult as your physical ailment.

Use this return opportunity to rate your auto mechanic:

-Were they professional?
-How many more questions were asked to try and get to the root of the problem?
-Were mistakes acknowledged with courtesy and credit? Don’t think doctors always get it right the first time-because they misdiagnose your ailments at times. (And doctors charge you each time you visit-right or wrong diagnosis.)

5.  Follow up and treatment after the repair. When the repairs are completed, does the technician give you advice or suggestions to prevent further issues with the same problem? Do they call you after the repair for feedback and confirmation? Remember, identifying potential issues with other parts of your car does not brand the shop as untrustworthy. After all, no used car is “perfect” in every way. You notice hesitation, strange noises or sounds once in a while when you drive. Trusted auto repair shops inspect your car to let you know about these things. Most times it is not urgent or dangerous. Letting you know about it shows their competence and diligence.

Since servicing your car is like a trip to the doctor, use these suggestions above to qualify the auto repair shop you visit. Following these suggestions will help eliminate the stress of wondering if you took your car to the right place.

In our next article, we will identify features of a quality auto repair shop-once you are there. We’ll give you a hint-it is sort of like the doctor’s office you visit.

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 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.