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Maintaining Your Diesel in Salt Lake City

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the Salt Lake City area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Salt Lake City diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV's.Diesels are popular in Utah because they get better fuel economy than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you're not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.Diesels don't produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in Utah as for other vehicles.Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from ... read more

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Fuel System

Relax When the Wind Blows in Utah: Winter Car Prep for Salt Lake City Drivers

When autumn comes around in Salt Lake City, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Salt Lake City drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Salt Lake City drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the Utah winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of Utah winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exace ... read more

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Maintenance

The Jerry Lambert Automotive Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

The automotive professionals at Jerry Lambert Automotive would like to give Salt Lake City drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The Salt Lake City do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many Utah ] owners rely on the advice of their friendly and knowledgeable Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their vehicle and their driving habits in the Salt Lake City area.Let's start with engine oil. Salt Lake City drivers who have been paying attention will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the Utah scene in the ... read more

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Let Jerry Lambert Automotive Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

If you haven't shopped in the Salt Lake City area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Salt Lake City, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years gets even more attractive.On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles (250,000 km) or more. So why don't they? Usually it's because Salt Lake City drivers don't stay on top of preventive maintenance. Good vehicle care at professional automotive service centers like Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City is the key to getting the most mileage out of your vehicle.Too often, Salt Lake City vehicle owners are inclined to wait until their vehicles develop an obvious problem and take them in for repairs instead of maintenance. Repairs can be expensive, but allowing routine ... read more

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

There are several important factors that go into how often Salt Lake City drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from Utah freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City. Talk to your Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor about how you drive - we can counsel you on the optimal blades for your needs.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 8411580 ... read more

Saving Lives in Salt Lake City with Tire Pressure

All new passenger vehicles on our Salt Lake City, Utah, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is 20 percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is 34 pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won't come on until the pressure is at 28 pounds. That's significantly underinflated, enough to raise safety concerns.The worst is tire failure. A severely underinflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also underinflated tires wear out faster and they waste fu ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Salt Lake City drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Jerry Lambert Automotive to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor can help you with the timing belt.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226http://jerrylambertautomotive.com

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Picking the Right Tires in Salt Lake City

Shopping for tires in Salt Lake City can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in Salt Lake City are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on Utah roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't set up for snow and ice. Next comes winter tires. Salt Lake City people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery on Utah roads, so they need a tread design that'll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Salt Lake City drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Salt Lake City driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226http://jerrylambertautomotive.com

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Alignment

Serpentine Belt Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Most Salt Lake City folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Salt Lake City market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory ... read more

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Maintenance