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Why People in SALT LAKE CITY Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

Why People in SALT LAKE CITY Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our SALT LAKE CITY, UT, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our SALT LAKE CITY automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventive ma ... read more

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Inspection

Fuel Filter Replacement

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello SALT LAKE CITY resident! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your vehicle feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your vehicle will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow particles into your engine.A vehicle with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around SALT LAKE CITY, but sputter and strain on the because it's starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in UT and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural ... read more

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Fuel System

Brake Service at Go Automotive in SALT LAKE CITY

Brake Service at Go Automotive in SALT LAKE CITY

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for SALT LAKE CITY drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every UT driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Go Automotive, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your SALT LAKE CITY service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be serviced on ... read more

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Brakes

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in SALT LAKE CITY

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in SALT LAKE CITY

Today we're going to talk about power steering service in SALT LAKE CITY. If you took an informal poll around SALT LAKE CITY you'd probably find that most vehicle owners have never heard of power steering service. That's not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in SALT LAKE CITY aren't aware that it needs periodic service.If you're younger than a certain age, you've probably never driven a vehicle without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you've ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it's a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison.Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that's hard, especially around downtown SALT LAKE CITY. That's why old cars had such big steering wheels: to get enough leverage to steer.Most vehicles in SALT LAKE CITY have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressurizes the powe ... read more

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Steering

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, SALT LAKE CITY Car Owners

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, SALT LAKE CITY Car Owners

A generation ago, SALT LAKE CITY drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your SALT LAKE CITY shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in SALT LAKE CITY used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the vehicle was in for a tune-up at Go Automotive, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time.Today's engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and surveys rep ... read more

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Maintenance

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around SALT LAKE CITY, UT, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the SALT LAKE CITY area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen content. All of this electronic wizardry is pretty complicated. So how do SALT LAKE CITY drivers know when there is a problem?It's simple; the Check Engine light comes on. The computer monitors all the sensors and uses that information to decide what to adjust such as the fuel mix, spark timing and idle speed. In addition, the computer monitors its own circuits. When it finds a fault, it turns on the Check Engine light and stores a troub ... read more

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Dashboard

Automotive Tips from Go Automotive: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Go Automotive when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most SALT LAKE CITY drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Go Automotive service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for UT drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Go Automotive1265 S 300TH W STE BSALT LAKE CITY, UT 841018014860194http://goautomotiverepair.com  

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Battery

Steer Right in SALT LAKE CITY

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many SALT LAKE CITY drivers have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer. Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve performance and handling. The other kind of power steering is hydraulic. This is the kind most older UT vehicles — and a lot of newer ones — have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, vehicles need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it's too low, your steering is affected and you could damage your vehicle pump. Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors, leading to leaks and repairs. Power ste ... read more

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Steering

The Edible Engine

You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents.  After all, mice, rats and squirrels—even rabbits—have been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical systems to go haywire.  They can disable a vehicle completely and be very expensive to fix. In 2017, some drivers noticed their vehicle's wiring was being chewed and found out the automaker was using a relatively new material for covering their wires: soy.  Many of the repairs to their new vehicles weren't covered under warranty by the manufacturer when it was discovered rodents were eating the wiring.  So the owners filed a class action suit, saying the soy covering was essentially baiting the critters.  The automakers tell a different story, saying mice, rats and squirrels have been chewing through wire insulation long before it was made out of soy.  Regardless of what the insulation is made of, vehicle owners should make sure rodents are ... read more

Cooling System Components

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that SALT LAKE CITY auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in UT.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if SALT LAKE CITY drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at Go Automotive in SALT LAKE CITY, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and ... read more

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Cooling System
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